Mr. Michael T. Heenan: Lawyer with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Mr. Michael T. Heenan


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University Mount St. Mary's College, B.S., 1964
Law SchoolUniversity of Pittsburgh, J.D., 1967
Admitted1967, Pennsylvania; 1967, U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania; 1972, District of Columbia and U.S. District Court, District of Columbia; 1974, U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit; 1979, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; 1987, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Memberships The District of Columbia Bar; Pennsylvania (Inactive) and American Bar Associations.
MilitaryLt. USNR, active duty, 1967-1971
Special AgenciesMine Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor.

Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Washington, DC Super Lawyers and Who's Who in American Law. Author: Understanding MSHA,McGraw Hill, 1981; Safety and Health at Mines, A Manual for Operators and Contractors, Advanstar, 1999, 2003 (2nd Ed.); MSHA - The Mine Operator and the Law, Mine-Works Media, 2003; MSHA Compliance Essentials, Mine-Works Media, 2012; Salud y Sanidad en Minas, Mine-Works Media, 2015. Co-Author: Workplace Safety and Health, Clark Boardman Callahan, 1995; Occupational Safety and Health Law Handbook, Government Institutes, 2001, 2008; Concepts and Processes in Mine Safety and Health Management, SME 2001. Legal Editor, Monthly Columnist Pit and Quarry, North Coast Media, 1996-. Adjunct Professor, Understanding Law and Law Studies, George Mason University, New Century College, 2004-2006. Past Member Board of Trustees, Energy and Mineral Law Foundation. Member, Council of Counsel, National Stone Sand and Gravel Association. Member, Law and Safety Committees, National Mining Association.


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Miners & Marijuana
Michael T. Heenan, August 4, 2015
As in other industries, mining companies must contend with employees and contractors using or being under the influence of illegal drugs in the workplace. Marijuana is one of the most prominent substances detected in drug screens of job applicants. Mine operators have routinely made blanket...

Changing MSHA Penalties: What’s on the Horizon for Mine Operators?
Michael T. Heenan, March 23, 2015
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is in the process of reviewing proposed new civil penalty regulations following multiple hearings in which stakeholders offered their comments. Civil penalties for safety violations within the mining industry have generated much consternation and...

Mine Fatalities: Causes, Prevention, and MSHA Enforcement
Michael T. Heenan, November 28, 2014
A number of fatal mine accidents occurred in the United States between January 1 and September 22, 2014.

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Mr. Michael T. Heenan

1909 K Street, N.W., Suite 1000
WashingtonDC 20006


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