Conn Maciel Carey Launches MSHA Practice and Adds Prominent Mine Safety and Health Attorney

Conn Maciel Carey is thrilled to announce the addition Nicholas W. Scala, a prominent Washington, D.C. Mine Safety & Health Law specialist attorney, to the firm’s national Workplace Safety Practice. Mr. Scala will Chairs the fMSHA Practice Page Imageirm’s new national MSHA Practice Group, which expands and complements the firm’s Workplace Safety Practice.  He has extensive experience and expertise in handling complex Mine Safety and Health Administration (“MSHA”) rulemaking, as well as regularly assisting clients in accident and fatality investigations and a broad range of enforcement-related matters.

Conn Maciel Carey’s national MSHA Practice will represent and advise metal/non-metal and coal mining companies, cement manufacturers, construction entities and other employers that operate in the mining industry in all phases of interaction with MSHA, particularly companies challenging and litigating enforcement by the agency.

The Chair of Conn Maciel Carey’s national Workplace Safety Practice, Eric J. Conn, described the Firm’s strategic initiative:

Our MSHA Practice will serve operators and contractors in the mining industry by navigating the ever-evolving area of MSHA law and maintaining a deep, real-time understanding of the issues impacting the industry. . . .  Our team of workplace safety specialist attorneys will advocate for clients during agency rulemaking, manage and represent employers during the full range of MSHA investigations and enforcement actions, and counsel operators on risks of MSHA enforcement liability.”

In welcoming Mr. Scala to the firm, Kara Maciel, Chair of Conn Maciel Carey’s Labor • Employment Practice Group, said:

Nick brings a tremendous amount of expertise and experience representing and advising clients on various MSHA and OSHA issues. From working on inspections, accident and fatality investigations, and enforcement actions, to defending operators and contractors during litigation, his breadth of knowledge and in-depth involvement in this niche field will greatly add to our existing workplace safety law capabilities. We look forward to integrating him into our team.”

Discussing his transition to Conn Maciel Carey, Nick Scala, the new Chair of the firm’s MSHA Practice Group offered:

“I am thrilled to join Conn Maciel Carey and add depth and diversity to the firm’s already impressive Workplace Safety Practice. With a strong national MSHA Practice added to complement the firm’s deep bench of OSHA law experts, Conn Maciel Carey is now well situated to service the full range of safety and health issues faced by the firm’s existing client portfolio.  Similarly, my mining clients who also operate workplaces covered by OSHA will have access to the highest quality OSHA legal services.”

Check out Mr. Scala’s bio.

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