Margaret S. Lopez
Ms. Lopez’ practice is concentrated in occupational safety and health and non-profit association law.
Ms. Lopez specializes in representing companies in cases contesting enforcement actions under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act and regularly litigates such cases before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and the United States Courts of Appeals. She also advises companies concerning compliance with federal safety regulations and provides training for companies on safety and health law. She also provides legal representation for companies in accident investigations and agency special investigations and safety discrimination cases. Ms. Lopez assists manufacturers of safety equipment with matters involving government approval and certification. She also assists companies and trade associations with response to agency rulemakings, including cases in federal court challenging rulemakings.
She also regularly provides legal services to trade associations and professional societies on a wide variety of topics including employment law, organizational governance, contracts, government relations and intellectual property.
Ms. Lopez received her law degree with Honors from the George Washington University Law School where she was an editor of The George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics. Ms. Lopez also holds a Masters Degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University and an undergraduate degree with Distinction from the University of Virginia.
Prior to entering the practice of law, Ms. Lopez worked for seven years for the Department of Defense, where she specialized in computer and telecommunications security.
Education and Honors
J.D., with honors, George Washington University, 1996
M.A., Georgetown University, 1989
B.A., with distinction, University of Virginia, 1984
- American Society of Association Executives
- National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association’s Safety and Health Committee and Council of Counsel
- National Mining Association
- Energy and Mineral Law Foundation
- Maryland State Bar Association
- District of Columbia Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- National Association of Women Lawyers
- Missouri Mine Safety & Health Conference - "MSHA Inspections, Investigations & Penalties" - Osage Beach - 2011
- Energy and Mineral Law Foundation and Department of Labor Joint Legal Symposium - "Developments in the Law: Definitions of ‘Significant and Substantial’ and ‘Unwarrantable Failure’ and Application of the Part 100 Penalty Criteria" - Washington, D.C. - 2010
- Pulverized Minerals Division Conference, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - "MSHA Critical Issues" - Alexandria - 2009
- AGG-1 Academy, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - "MSHA-101 for Supervisors" - Orlando - 2009
- Mine Safety and Health Law Special Institute, Energy and Mineral Law Foundation - "Is This Really a Mine? MSHA Jurisdiction Issues – The Mine Operator’s Perspective" - Las Vegas - 2008
- Legal Symposium, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - "Responding to MSHA’s Aggressive Highwall Enforcement Actions" - Las Vegas - 2008
- Legal Symposium, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - "Surviving a Tougher Playing Field after Twentymile" - San Francisco - 2007
- Environmental, Safety and Health Forum, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - "How to Conduct Self-Audits Without Creating Adverse Evidence" - Denver - 2006
- Environmental, Safety and Health Forum, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - "Is This Really S&S?" - Washington, D.C. - 2005
In The News
- January 23, 2012 - Ogletree Deakins Publication - "Mine Safety Disclosures Required in SEC Reports"
- September 28, 2010 - Ogletree Deakins Publication - " “Broken” Pattern Enforcement “Fixed”"
- 2008 - Occupational Safety and Health Law Handbook - "Voluntary Safety and Health Self-Audits and The Rulemaking Process"
- 2008 - International Society Mine Safety Professionals - "Will There Be an Act II? Update on S-MINER Act"
- 2006 - Energy and Mineral Law Foundation - "MSHA’s Excessive History Policy: Avoiding the Civil Penalty Quagmire"
- 1996/1997 - Journal of Natural History and Environmental Law - "Application of the Audit Privilege to Occupational Safety and Health Audits"