Best Lawyers for Mining Law in America

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  • Recognized Since: 1987
  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Native American Law Energy Law Corporate Law Natural Resources Law Mining Law Oil and Gas Law Environmental Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Commercial Litigation Mining Law Litigation - Construction Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Environmental Law Mining Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Natural Resources Law Mining Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Mining Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mining Law Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law Energy Law Antitrust Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
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Bruce E. Cryder was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Bruce E. Cryder

Dentons Bingham Greenebaum
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Energy Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mining Law Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Litigation - Environmental Natural Resources Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Anchorage, Alaska
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Energy Regulatory Law Energy Law Mining Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law Real Estate Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Mining Law Energy Law Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Rutland, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1989
  • Location:
    Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Mining Law Water Law Natural Resources Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Energy Law Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Mining Law Litigation - Environmental Water Law Natural Resources Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Regulatory Law Mining Law Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1989
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Real Estate Law Mining Law Energy Law Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Anchorage, Alaska
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Energy Law Energy Regulatory Law Water Law Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Energy Law Mining Law Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Bridgeport, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Appellate Practice Employment Law - Individuals Mining Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Real Estate Law Natural Resources Law Environmental Law Energy Law Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1991
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Mining Law Water Law Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Mining Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Overland Park, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Appellate Practice Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Banking and Finance Bet-the-Company Litigation Corporate Law Commercial Litigation Mining Law Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Energy Law Health Care Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1989
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Anchorage, Alaska
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Natural Resources Law Litigation - Environmental Energy Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Municipal Commercial Litigation Mining Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law Environmental Law Mining Law Energy Law Native American Law
Lawyer
Jeannie Bugg Walston was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Jeannie Bugg Walston

Webster Henry Bradwell Cohan Speagle & DeShazo P.C.
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Energy Law Mining 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.