Christopher G. Peterson

Phone: (303) 390-0009 | Fax: (303) 390-0177 | Email:
1099 18th Street, Suite 2150, Denver, CO 80202

Christopher G. Peterson is a Member of the Firm, resident in the Denver, Colorado, office where he is the Assistant Practice Group Leader of the Occupational Safety and Health Practice Group.

Mr. Peterson represents general industry, mining, coal, oil and gas, energy and construction clients in a variety of matters under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act and other state and federal health statutes regarding compliance issues, policy, legislative and regulatory matters, civil and criminal enforcement issues, accident investigations and special investigations on both state and federal levels. 

Mr. Peterson's litigation practice encompasses matters ranging from pre-trial discovery to post-trial appeals. He has served as lead counsel in numerous serious and catastrophic accident investigations through conclusion of the investigation and subsequent litigation.

Select Representative Experience


  • Represented employers in OSHA fatality and accident investigations
  • Represented employers in OSHA whistleblower investigations
  • Represented oil and gas companies in multi-employer cases
  • Represented construction companies in fall protection cases
  • Represented construction companies regarding improper excavations and trenching


  • Represented operators in fatal and serious accident investigations
  • Represented mines against Section 103(k) mine closure orders
  • Represented operators in plan approval and emergency response plan cases
  • Represented operators in Section 105(c) discrimination investigations, temporary reinstatement proceedings and hearings
  • Represented management officials and agents during Section 110(c) investigations
  • Represented operators in jurisdiction disputes between OSHA and MSHA
  • Represented litigation enforcement actions under the Mine Act for all types of mines across the United States, including Hawaii

Mr. Peterson frequently presents on mine safety and health topics and routinely provides innovative training to safety professionals and supervisors under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act.

Mr. Peterson graduated from the University of Texas at Austin where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2001.  He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder School of Law in 2004.  Mr. Peterson is licensed to practice law in Colorado and is a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations. He was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Energy Law in 2017.

Legal Experience
2006 - PresentJackson Kelly PLLC
2005 Christopher Peterson, LLC
2004J.D.University of Colorado at Boulder School of Law
2001B.A.University of Texas at Austin
Bar Admissions
Court Admissions
2011U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

Professional Involvement:
  • Nevada Mining Association, Safety Committee, Co-Chair
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Colorado Stone, Sand & Gravel Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Industrial Minerals Association - North America
  • International Society of Mine Safety Professionals
  • National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association
  • National Mining Association
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation

Teaching and Lecturing:
  • "When Drones Attack:  Implications and Data Gathering Using Unmanned Aircraft Systems," 2016 Critical Issues Conference, International Society of Mine Safety Professionals, Reno, Nevada, July 20, 2016
  • "The Impact of Mortgage Bankers on Mine Safety, and the Chance for a Redress?," Colorado Mining Association, Denver, Colorado, March 23, 2016
  • "Mythbusting MSHA's New Workplace Examination PPL," 11th Annual Mine Safety and Health Conference, Reno, Nevada, Oct. 2015
  • "MSHA Compliance," Montana Mining Association 2015 Annual Meeting, May 21, 2015
  • "MSHA's Proposed Rule on Penalties," Jackson Kelly Webinar, Presenter, September 19, 2014
  • "Alternative Case Resolution," Nevada Mining Association, July 8-9, 2014
  • "Privacy Rights, Who Has Them And Who Doesn't?," International Society of Mine Safety Professionals Critical Issues Conference, June 10, 2014
  • "The Scope of MSHA's Accident Response and Control Order Authority," Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, Special Institute on Mine Safety and Health Law, April 2014
  • "Accident Control Orders:  Abatement Abuse and Plan Approval Processes:  How to Manage a Successful Negotiation with MSHA," 116th National Western Mining Conference, April 16, 2014
  • "Flagrant Violations," 9th Annual Mine Safety and Health Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, Oct. 2013
  • "What Documents Can MSHA Ask For?," Nevada Mining Association, Sept. 26, 2013
  • "MSHA — A Legal Perspective," Mine Safety Specialist Course Colorado School of Mines, Aug. 28, 2013
  • "Discrimination and Temporary Reinstatement Under § 105(c) of the Mine Act," and "Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Safety Sensitive Environment," International Society of Mine Safety Professionals Critical Issues Conference, June 4-5, 2013
  • Panelist on legal/regulatory issues involving MSHA at the Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference, Birmingham, Alabama, Nov. 16, 2012
  • Presenter, "Mine Safety:  Implications for Coal Supply," Coal Leadership Advancement Seminar, Denver, Colorado, June 26-28, 2012
  • Presenter, "Managing Contractors Under the Mine Act," 2012 Critical Issues Conference, International Society of Mine Safety Professionals, Reno, Nevada, May 22, 2012
  • "Supervisory Rights and Responsibilities," 2012 Missouri Mine Safety and Health Conference, Jan. 2012
  • "Advance Notice of MSHA Inspections," Southeastern U.S. Mine Safety and Health Conference, Nov. 2011
  • "Recent Mine Safety Developments," The International Society of Mine Safety Professionals, May 2010
  • "How to Handle MSHA's Paradigm Shift," MSHA Webinar, April 2010
  • "Pattern of Violations — Consequences of Wrong Choices," New Mexico Mine Safety and Health Conference, May 2009
  • "Managing Legal Liability — A Safety and Health Perspective," ASSE, May 2009
  • "Recent Mine Safety Developments," ISMSP, May 2009
  • "The New MSHA Post Election:  An Overview and Update," MSHA Spring Thaw, April 2009
  • "Trends in MSHA Enforcement," ISMSP Rocky Mountain Chapter Meeting, Oct. 2008
  • "Agents of the Company (Who is at Risk?)," New Mexico Mine Safety and Health Conference,  May 2008
  • "The Economic Impact of MSHA's Civil Penalties Final Rule," Denver Coal Club,  Feb. 2007
  • "Mine Act Section 110(c) Liability," Colorado Rock Products Association/Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association,  Dec. 2007

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Awards and Honors:
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Energy Law, 2017
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