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.
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.
I wrote and currently edit a comprehensive treatise on mine safety law. The MSHA Treatise has chapters on the following subjects:
The Mine Act
Mine Safety Caselaw
Operators & Contractors
Joint & Several Liability
Significant & Substantial
Failure to Abate Orders
Pattern of Violations
Civil Penalty Assessments
Individual Civil Penalties
Attorney’s Fees Recovery
The MSHA Treatise is available on a subscription basis on the MSHA Help Web site.