C. Gregory Ruffennach
Attorney-at-Law
Serving mine operators
in all MSHA matters.
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CREDENTIALS

Education:

I received my law degree from the George Washington University National Law Center (J.D., 1989). I received my undergraduate degree, with honors, from Dickinson College (B.A., 1986).

Work Experience:

I started my legal career with the law firm of Smith, Heenan & Althen, which subsequently merged with the law firm of Ogletree Deakins. At the firm, I practiced mine safety law with Mike Heenan and Bill Doran. Since I left the firm in 1992, I have been a sole practitioner.

Publications:

I have been published in numerous mining industry and safety publications on subjects related to the Mine Act. My professional publications include:

Speaking:

I speak at numerous mine safety events. I present annually at the Critical Issues Conference sponsored by the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals (ISMSP), where I often teach professional development sessions for Certified Mine Safety Professionals (CMSP). I organized the First Western Mine Safety and Health Conference in 1994. In 2007, I was the only industry lawyer invited to present at the West Virginia Law School symposium, Thinking Outside of the Box: A Post-Sago Look at Coal Mine Safety.

Licenses:

I am admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and have been since 1989. (I am not admitted in Maryland even though I sometimes receive overnight mail at my home address Maryland .)

Courts:

Pursuant to 29 C.F.R. 2700.3(a), I am authorized to practice before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission. I am admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which hears the majority of the appeals in cases involving MSHA.
MSHA TREATISE

I wrote and currently edit a comprehensive treatise on mine safety law. The MSHA Treatise has chapters on the following subjects:

  • The Mine Act

  • 30 CFR

  • Mine Safety Caselaw

  • MSHA Policy

  • MSHA

  • Solicitor’s Office

  • FMSHRC

  • Jurisdiction

  • Operators & Contractors

  • MSHA Regulations

  • MSHA Standards

  • Required Plans

  • Modifications

  • Safeguards

  • Violations

  • Strict Liability

  • Negligence

  • Gravity

  • Joint & Several Liability

  • MSHA Inspections

  • Special Investigations

  • Accident Investigations

  • 104(a) Citations

  • Significant & Substantial

  • Failure to Abate Orders

  • Pattern of Violations

  • Unwarrantable Failure

  • Imminent Danger

  • Civil Penalty Assessments

  • Criminal Sanctions

  • Individual Civil Penalties

  • Withdrawal Orders

  • MSHA Conferences

  • ALJ Proceedings

  • Commission Proceedings

  • Appellate Proceedings

  • Attorney’s Fees Recovery

The MSHA Treatise is available on a subscription basis on the MSHA Help Web site.

Contact
202.508.8246
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C. Gregory Ruffennach
Attorney-at-Law
Licensed in the District of Columbia
Mailing Address
1629 K St. N.W., STE 300
Washington, DC 200036
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