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Mark K. Adams was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Mark K. Adams

Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin, & Robb P.A.
  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Native American Law Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law Corporate Law Energy Law Environmental Law Water Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mining Law Litigation - Construction Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Natural Resources Law Mining Law
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  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
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  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Natural Resources Law Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Mining Law Labor Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Mining Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Antitrust Law Natural Resources Law Energy Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Mining Law Natural Resources Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Municipal Bet-the-Company Litigation Natural Resources Law Commercial Litigation Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law
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  • Location:
    Anchorage, Alaska
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Energy Law Energy Regulatory Law Natural Resources Law Mining Law
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  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law Mining Law Energy Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Environmental Law Natural Resources Law Energy Law
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  • Location:
    Rutland, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Land Use and Zoning Law Environmental Law Mining Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Environmental Law Mining Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Mining Law Corporate Law Energy Law Natural Resources Law International Mergers & Acquisitions
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  • Location:
    Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Water Law Natural Resources Law Environmental Law Mining Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Mining Law Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Water Law Mining Law Energy Law Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Mining Law
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  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Mining Law Administrative / Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law
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  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Real Estate Natural Resources Law Energy Law Real Estate Law Mining Law
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  • Location:
    Anchorage, Alaska
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Natural Resources Law
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  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Water Law Environmental Law Mining Law Natural Resources Law Energy Law Energy Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Energy Law Mining Law Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Anchorage, Alaska
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Mining Law
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  • Location:
    Bridgeport, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Individuals Appellate Practice Employment Law - Management Mining Law Energy Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Energy Law Natural Resources Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Natural Resources Law Mining Law Water Law
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Sunny J. Nixon was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Sunny J. Nixon

Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin, & Robb P.A.
  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Mining Law Natural Resources Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law Timber Law Mining Law
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  • Location:
    Overland Park, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Mining Law Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Securities Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Mining Law Energy Law Administrative / Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Natural Resources Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law Mining Law
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  • Location:
    Anchorage, Alaska
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law
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  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mining Law
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  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Energy Law Environmental Law Natural Resources Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Environmental Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Commercial Litigation Litigation - Municipal
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  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Natural Resources Law Energy Law Native American Law Mining Law Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Mining Law Natural Resources Law

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Practice Area Definition

Mining Law Definition

Mining, regardless of the method (surface or underground) or the resource (metals, coal, or other minerals), involves the separation of a geological strata or valuable ore from the earth. In all of its forms, mining requires extensive capital and specialized machines and labor forces. Because mining frequently occurs over large geographic areas it can alter the hydrogeology and landscape of the area in which it occurs. As a consequence, there is a large body of common law and many statutory programs that define the property rights of persons engaged in mining, and control the environmental effects and safety practices of mining.

The ranks of “mining lawyers” typically involve specialists in mineral property acquisition and leasing, labor, employment and mine safety law, and environmental law. In the eastern United States, mining typically occurs on private property and often on tracts where title to the minerals has been severed from the surface. The predominant resources mined are coal, aggregates, iron ore, and salt. In the west, these same resources are recovered, but “hard rock” mining for precious metals (gold and silver), common metals (copper), and specialty minerals predominates. Unlike the eastern United States, most of the mining occurs on property owned by the agencies of the federal government.

Environmental practitioners serving the mining industry in the east should have a working knowledge of the federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act and comparable state laws, the Clean Water Act and specifically the § 402 (NPDES) and § 404 (fill discharges) programs, the Clean Air Act, and the National Environmental Protection Act. Western practitioners should have this same background as well as a familiarity with the General Mining Law, the Mineral Leasing Act and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act.

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Mining, regardless of the method (surface or underground) or the resource (metals, coal, or other minerals), involves the separation of a geological strata or valuable ore from the earth. In all of its forms, mining requires extensive capital and specialized machines and labor forces. Because mining frequently occurs over large geographic areas it can alter the hydrogeology and landscape of the area in which it occurs. As a consequence, there is a large body of common law and many statutory programs that define the property rights of persons engaged in mining, and control the environmental effects and safety practices of mining.

The ranks of “mining lawyers” typically involve specialists in mineral property acquisition and leasing, labor, employment and mine safety law, and environmental law. In the eastern United States, mining typically occurs on private property and often on tracts where title to the minerals has been severed from the surface. The predominant resources mined are coal, aggregates, iron ore, and salt. In the west, these same resources are recovered, but “hard rock” mining for precious metals (gold and silver), common metals (copper), and specialty minerals predominates. Unlike the eastern United States, most of the mining occurs on property owned by the agencies of the federal government.

Environmental practitioners serving the mining industry in the east should have a working knowledge of the federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act and comparable state laws, the Clean Water Act and specifically the § 402 (NPDES) and § 404 (fill discharges) programs, the Clean Air Act, and the National Environmental Protection Act. Western practitioners should have this same background as well as a familiarity with the General Mining Law, the Mineral Leasing Act and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act.