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Christopher G. Peterson

Partner, Denver
Denver
t: 303.218.3653
f: 303.218.3651

Overview

Christopher Peterson is a partner in the firm's Denver office. He focuses his practice on representing 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. 

Not only is he an excellent attorney, he also uses his knowledge of the mining industry to aid safety professionals. He frequently presents on mine safety and health topics and routinely provides innovative training to safety professionals and supervisors under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act. His work actively supports the safety of those involved in mining operations, showing his dedication to creating a safer workplace.

Christopher is a highly skilled professional in workplace safety law, and routinely handles cases from pre-trial discovery to post-trial appeals. He devotes his time to learning new legal and legislative issues to keep his clients in the know.

Experience

Experience

OSHA

  • 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

MSHA

  • 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, Safety Committee, Co-Chair
  • American Society of Safety Professionals
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Colorado Stone, Sand & Gravel Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Industrial Minerals Association – North America
  • International Society of Mine Safety Professionals
  • National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association
  • National Mining Association
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • Associated General Contractors of Colorado

Insights

News

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)

Articles

  • "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)

Blog Posts

Education

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

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