Mine Safety & Health

Trusted Mining Industry Representation

The mining and energy industry has long been a prominent force in our region, and Williams Kilpatrick, PLLC, was founded with the goal of supporting and representing mineral and energy producers. Located in Lexington, Kentucky, our firm serves operators across the United States, including Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Alabama, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Utah. We cater to a diverse range of clients, from large publicly held corporations to regional and small operators, as well as industry service providers.

Experienced Lawyers Staying On Top Of A Changing Industry

In these dynamic times for the mining industry, with shifting regulations and emerging producers, our experienced attorneys are committed to staying on top of the changes.

There have been few times as turbulent as these in the mining industry's history. Many regulations and laws are changing, and new producers are entering the marketplace. Attorney John Williams has more than 30 years of experience working with the industry. Melanie Kilpatrick has devoted much of her legal career to representing the mining industry, as well.

Due to our experience, our attorneys have a unique understanding of all aspects of mining and mining regulations. We can assist your mine with:

  • Accident investigations and representing mining operations before federal and state administrative agencies like the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission
  • Conducting on-site mine safety training for management and rank-and-file workers on compliance, preparing for inspections, addressing and mitigating violations and regulatory compliance
  • The details of the mining process, including ground control plans, ventilation plans, roof control plans, blast plans, dust control and reclamation

While we started as a firm representing coal companies, we have broadened our reach over the years, using our knowledge of the mining industry and federal and state regulatory regimes to also represent metal/nonmetal mines in all of the same ways we serve coal mines.

Comprehensive Legal Support for the Mining Industry


At Williams Kilpatrick, PLLC, our attorneys possess a deep understanding of all facets of mining and mining regulations. We offer a range of services to assist your mining operations, including:

Accident Investigations and Agency Representation

We represent mining operations before federal and state administrative agencies, such as the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, providing effective advocacy and guidance during accident investigations and regulatory proceedings.

On-Site Mine Safety Training

Our attorneys conduct comprehensive on-site mine safety training for both management and workers. We cover compliance, inspection preparedness, violation mitigation, and regulatory adherence, ensuring a safer and more productive work environment.

Mining Process Expertise

From ground control plans to ventilation, roof control, blast plans, dust control, and reclamation, our lawyers possess in-depth knowledge of the mining process. We can guide you through regulatory compliance and help implement efficient and environmentally responsible practices.


When it comes to legal representation for the mining industry, Williams Kilpatrick, PLLC, stands as a trusted partner. Our experienced attorneys in Lexington, Kentucky, offer unrivaled support, navigating the complexities of mining regulations and addressing the unique challenges faced by mineral and energy producers. Contact our firm today to benefit from our in-depth industry knowledge and dedicated advocacy for your mining operations.

How can we help?

Contact one of our Attorneys by visiting our About page to schedule a consultation. Not sure where to start? Feel free to call our firm directly at 859-245-1059 or email our Office Administrator at [email protected].


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