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Overview

An award-winning attorney, Mark’s legal prowess is matched only by his knowledge of the mining business.

He has built a successful career representing clients in the energy and natural resources industry, specifically in regard to mining safety and environmental issues. With years of experience and a career that began as head of the special investigation unit of the Mining Enforcement and Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Mark’s expert advice is sought by clients and Husch Blackwell team members alike.

Mark represents clients in government investigations and regulatory matters and litigates improper enforcement actions and whistleblower cases. He has extensive experience in mining; health, safety and environmental law; industrial disaster response; and regulatory and legislative services.  He also has particular acumen in the oil and gas industry. His deep understanding of the sometimes obscure laws and regulations as they pertain to offshore drilling and other environmental factors strengthens his ability to make the quick, decisive decisions this industry demands.

Clients not only value Mark’s knowledge on the technical issues, but his ability to relay the information to those that may not be field experts.  He knows the right questions and the right people to ask to help the entire MSHA team form their novel approaches. Mark is a frequent speaker at mine and safety conferences and industry organization meetings. Mark’s first priority is always his clients. His second is sharing his knowledge and passion through mentoring new associates and contributing to his team.    


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Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law - Management, 2016-2019
  • Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME), President’s Citation Award, 2016
  • H.L. Boling Award and the Highest Degree of Safety, North America Award, the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals, 2012-2013 
  • Daniel C. Jackling Award from the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, 2008

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
  • B.A., University of Southern California

Admissions

  • Colorado
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Natural Resources Law Section, Labor and Employment Section and Marine Resources Committee, former member of the Committee on Emergency Economic Controls
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Industry Advisory Committee, Energy, Mining and Construction Industry Safety (EMCIS) Program, Colorado School of Mines, 2017-present