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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1987
  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Native American Law Environmental Law Energy Law Corporate Law Water Law Natural Resources Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Venture Capital Law Corporate Governance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Mining Law Commercial Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Environmental Law Energy Law Water Law Litigation - Environmental Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Mining Law Energy Law Environmental Law Water Law Litigation - Environmental Native American Law Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Transactions / UCC Law Litigation - Construction Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Commercial Litigation Mining Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Labor and Employment Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Boise, Idaho
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Litigation - Construction Environmental Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental Animal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Mining Law Corporate Law Oil and Gas Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Venture Capital Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Employment Law - Management Mining Law Natural Resources Law Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Health Care Mining Law Employment Law - Management Labor Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Energy Law Water Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1983
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management Mining Law Labor Law - Management Labor Law - Union
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Corporate Law Securities Regulation Securities / Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Governance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Energy Law Oil and Gas Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law Patent Law Mining Law Litigation - Patent Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Environmental Water Law Environmental Law Energy Law Mining Law Energy Regulatory Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Environmental Natural Resources Law Mining Law Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Anchorage, Alaska
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law Native American Law Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Animal Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Water Law Litigation - Environmental Natural Resources Law Mining Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Project Finance Law Communications Law Advertising Law Mining Law Water Law Electronic Discovery and Information Management Law Economic Development Law Financial Services Regulation Law Corporate Compliance Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Construction IT Outsourcing Law Labor Law - Management Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Railroad Law Information Technology Law Derivatives and Futures Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Land Use and Zoning Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Collaborative Law: Civil Food and Beverage Law Litigation - Securities Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Bankruptcy Litigation - Environmental Copyright Law Employment Law - Individuals First Amendment Law Real Estate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securitization and Structured Finance Law Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: General Practice Mutual Funds Law Banking and Finance Law Native American Law Family Law Mediation Oil and Gas Law DUI / DWI Defense Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Corporate Governance Law Arbitration Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Patent Litigation - Municipal Privacy and Data Security Law Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Family Law Natural Resources Law Trusts and Estates International Trade and Finance Law Sports Law Civil Rights Law Insurance Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Medical Malpractice Law Timber Law Securities Regulation Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Commercial Transactions / UCC Law Litigation - Trusts and Estates Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Collaborative Law: Family Law International Arbitration - Commercial Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Labor Law - Union Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Energy Law Education Law Public Finance Law Environmental Law Franchise Law Health Care Law Construction Law Antitrust Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Equipment Finance Law FDA Law Nonprofit / Charities Law Municipal Law Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Aviation Law Utilities Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Patent Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Leisure and Hospitality Law Commercial Litigation Government Relations Practice Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation Administrative / Regulatory Law Transportation Law Commercial Finance Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Entertainment Law - Music Trademark Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Admiralty and Maritime Law Personal Injury Litigation Immigration Law Professional Malpractice Law Gaming Law Technology Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Media Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Elder Law Venture Capital Law Military Law Mediation International Arbitration - Governmental CleanTech Law Employment Law - Management Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Mining Law Insurance Law Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law Environmental Law Energy Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Energy Law Land Use and Zoning Law Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Anchorage, Alaska
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Energy Law Native American Law Mining Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Civil Rights Law Mining Law Employment Law - Management Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1989
  • Location:
    Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Water Law Mining Law Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental Mining Law Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Environmental Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Environmental Law Energy Law Water Law Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Water Law Mining Law Natural Resources Law Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Anchorage, Alaska
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Mining Law Commercial Litigation Construction Law Personal Injury Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Natural Resources Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Patent Mass Tort Litigation Water Law Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1989
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law Real Estate Law Energy Law Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Anchorage, Alaska
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Natural Resources Law Native American Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Project Finance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Native American Law Mining Law Environmental Law Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Boise, Idaho
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law Energy Law Timber Law Environmental Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Securities Regulation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Boise, Idaho
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Timber Law Water Law Litigation - Environmental Natural Resources Law Energy Law Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Product Liability Litigation Mining Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Natural Resources Law Mining Law Energy Law Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Boise, Idaho
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Natural Resources Law Land Use and Zoning Law Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Corporate Law Corporate Governance Law Agriculture Law Real Estate Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Natural Resources Law Mining Law Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1989
  • Location:
    Anchorage, Alaska
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Anchorage, Alaska
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Natural Resources Law Environmental Law Energy Law Mining Law Real Estate Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1991
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Litigation - Environmental Water Law Environmental Law Mining Law Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Natural Resources Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1989
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Mining Law Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law Energy Law Utilities Law Communications Law Timber Law Energy Regulatory Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Anchorage, Alaska
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Mining Law Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Litigation - Municipal Commercial Litigation Mediation Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Natural Resources Law Environmental Law Arbitration Litigation - Environmental Energy Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Natural Resources Law Land Use and Zoning Law Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Mining Law Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Energy Law Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Natural Resources Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Mining Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Oil and Gas Law Corporate Compliance Law Energy Law Venture Capital Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Native American Law Environmental Law Energy Law Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Mining Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Elder Law International Mergers and Acquisitions Corporate Law Native American Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Administrative / Regulatory Law Natural Resources Law Mining Law Environmental Law Arbitration Energy Law Corporate Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Commercial Litigation Environmental Law
Lawyer
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Jeannie Bugg Walston

Webster Henry Bradwell Cohan Speagle & DeShazo P.C.
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Securities Litigation - Environmental Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Natural Resources Law Antitrust Law Mining Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Litigation - Insurance Natural Resources Law Mining Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Construction Law Commercial Litigation Oil and Gas Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Construction Environmental Law Energy Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Technology Law Corporate Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Natural Resources Law Employment Law - Management Oil and Gas Law Construction Law Government Relations Practice Administrative / Regulatory Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Mining Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Mining Law International Trade and Finance Law

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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.