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Christopher G. Peterson

Partner, Denver
t: 303.218.3653
f: 303.218.3651


Christopher G. Peterson is a Partner in the firm’s Denver office who represents employers in workplace law matters, specifically focusing on Workplace Safety and Labor Relations. 

Chris advises mining, energy, general industry, and construction clients in matters arising from the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act, including civil and criminal enforcement issues, discrimination complaints, and accident investigations. Chris also explores the impact automation has on Labor and advises on issues related to automation and the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act. 

Chris regularly presents at industry conferences and client training programs, and he volunteers his time at mine rescue contests and actively supports the safety of those involved in mining operations.  An avid researcher and writer, Chris also writes extensively on the latest regulatory changes in mine safety law and publishes his work on the Fisher Phillips network. 




  • Represented employers in OSHA fatality and accident investigations
  • Represented employers in OSHA whistleblower investigations
  • Represented oil and gas companies in multi-employer cases
  • Represented construction companies in fall protection cases
  • Represented construction companies regarding improper excavations and trenching


  • Represented operators in fatal and serious accident investigations
  • Represented mines against Section 103(k) mine closure orders
  • Represented operators in plan approval and emergency response plan cases
  • Represented operators in Section 105(c) discrimination investigations, temporary reinstatement proceedings and hearings
  • Represented management officials and agents during Section 110(c) investigations
  • Represented litigation enforcement actions under the Mine Act for all types of mines across the United States, including Hawaii

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America® for Energy Law (2017)

Professional Activities

  • Nevada Mining Association, Board of Directors
  • Nevada Mining Association, Safety Committee, Regulatory Co-chair
  • American Public Transportation Association, Legal Affairs Committee
  • American Public Transportation Association, Rail Transit and Bus Safety Committees
  • National Mining Association
  • National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association
  • National Lime Association
  • Associated General Contractors of Colorado



Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • “MSHA is Always Right, Or Is It” 15th Annual Mine Safety and Health Conference (October 22, 2018)
  • “MSHA Workplace Exam Rule Enforcement,” Annual Mine Safety and Health Conference, Reno, Nevada (October 23, 2018)
  • "The Evolution of Aerial Data Management," USA Reclamation Summit, Keenesburg, Colorado (May 10, 2018)
  • "When Drones Attack: Implications and Data Gathering Using Unmanned Aircraft Systems," 2016 Critical Issues Conference, Annual Mine Safety and Health Conference, Reno, Nevada, Reno, Nevada (July 20, 2016)
  • "The Impact of Mortgage Bankers on Mine Safety, and the Chance for a Redress?" Colorado Mining Association, Denver, Colorado (March 23, 2016)
  • "Mythbusting MSHA's New Workplace Examination PPL," 11th Annual Mine Safety and Health Conference, Reno, Nevada (Oct. 2015)
  • "Alternative Case Resolution," Nevada Mining Association (July 8-9, 2014)
  • "Privacy Rights, Who Has Them And Who Doesn't?" International Society of Mine Safety Professionals Critical Issues Conference (June 10, 2014)
  • "The Scope of MSHA's Accident Response and Control Order Authority," Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, Special Institute on Mine Safety and Health Law (April 2014)
  • "Accident Control Orders: Abatement Abuse and Plan Approval Processes: How to Manage a Successful Negotiation with MSHA," 116th National Western Mining Conference (April 16, 2014)


  • "MSHA revisits the Workplace Exam Rule," Aggregates Manager magazine (June 2018)
  • "MSHA's requirements for fall protection may be more stringent than OSHA's," Aggregates Manager magazine (June 2017)
  • "Understanding MSHA’s rules and principles can help operators guard against guarding citations," co-authored with Benjamin J. Ross, Aggregates Manager magazine (June 2016)
  • "Coming attractions: Crystalline silica rulemaking," Aggregates Manager magazine (June 2015)
  • "Who files injury reports depends on who is directly supervising the contract worker, at least for now," Aggregates Manager magazine (June 2014)


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