Conn Maciel Carey is thrilled to announce the addition of Justin M. Winter and Nicholas W. Scala, prominent Washington, D.C. Mine Safety & Health Law specialist attorneys, to the firm’s national Workplace Safety Practice. Mr. Winter and Mr. Scala will serve as Co-Chairs of the firm’s new national MSHA Practice Group, which expands and complements the firm’s Workplace Safety Practice. They have 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 Group 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.
Conn Maciel Carey announced the news of its new MSHA Practice in a press release that discussed the value Mr. Winter’s and Mr. Scala’s experience and expertise will provide to the firm’s clients. 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 MSHA-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. Winter and Mr. Scala to the firm, Kara Maciel, Chair of Conn Maciel Carey’s Labor • Employment Practice Group, said:
“Both Nick and Justin bring 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, their 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 them into our team.”
Discussing his transition to Conn Maciel Carey, Nick Scala, the new Co-Chair of the firm’s MSHA Practice Group offered:
“Justin and I are 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, our mining clients who also operate workplaces covered by OSHA will have access to the highest quality OSHA legal services.”