Jackson Kelly’s representation of the coal industry dates to the mid-1800s, and the Firm continues to provide the highest quality legal resources and representation to coal clients nationwide. The Firm's unique history and ties to the coal industry enable its lawyers to appreciate the client's perspective as the Firm becomes an integrated member of the client’s team. The Firm brings together legal talent necessary to achieving corporate objectives from asset identification through permitting and compliance.
Jackson Kelly attorneys understand the coal industry from the inside. Among our lawyers are several former coal company general counsel, former and current Board members of the National Coal Council, Kentucky Coal Association, West Virginia Coal Association (including its counsel), Colorado Mining Association (including a past President), a trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, former Chair and a former president of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, the current chair and chair-elect of the Colorado Bar Association Section of Natural Resource and Energy Law and a "red hat" card-carrying underground apprentice coal miner. In addition, Jackson Kelly is the first law firm in the Nation to be named Law Firm of the Year in Mining Law
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The Firm's unique ties to the coal industry help our lawyers to appreciate the client's perspective in all aspects of its work. From the Powder River Basin to the coalfields of Central Appalachia, Jackson Kelly's Coal Group aggressively represents the industry in state and federal courts in all types of litigation. Nearly every day, the Firm’s lawyers consult with and advise clients on corporate, environmental, permitting, compliance, MSHA, organized labor, employment, taxation, liability, insurance and other issues critical to successful operations. Jackson Kelly attorneys regularly appear before MSHA, IBLA, NLRB, DOL and EEOC, in addition to taxing authorities and state agencies regulating safety, employment and the environment. Firm lawyers advance proactive, creative solutions and provide risk-oriented legal advice to help elevate the industry and clients' businesses. Jackson Kelly's lawyers are not afraid to get their hands dirty and are frequently found at our clients' operations on surface mines, prep plants, underground mines and mine offices investigating accidents, providing training or preparing for trial.
Jackson Kelly lawyers also negotiate and document complex acquisition transactions, leases and coal supply agreements, as well as the financing of mineral properties and the formation, structuring and capitalization of coal companies. The Firm also assists clients in greenfield development of projects and the expansion of existing operations through, among other things, performing real estate title investigation and real property acquisition support. These services extend to full service representation of coal companies in work-out situations and bankruptcy proceedings, including transactions with debtors, protection of credit rights and defending preference actions.
Not only is Jackson Kelly part of the history of the industry, it is part of coal’s future. Jackson Kelly leads the industry in myriad facets of the legal practice and keeps clients on the cutting edge of issues related to coal production.