Karen L. Johnston|
1099 18th Street
Denver, CO 80202
(O): (303) 390-0008
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(C): (303) 378-6196
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Karen L. Johnston is a Member of the Firm, resident in the Denver, Colorado, office. She also serves on the Firm's Executive Committee. Ms. Johnston focuses her practice on occupational safety and health and related civil, criminal and administrative litigation. She counsels and represents mining industry (including metal, nonmetal, and coal mine operators and contractors), construction, energy, and general industry clients in all aspects of their regulatory safety and health matters and in crisis management.
Ms. Johnston has a full range of litigation experience, from pretrial discovery through appeal. She defends clients in regulatory matters before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) and the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission (FMSHRC) in issues arising under the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act, respectively. She also represents clients before various state Occupational Safety and Health agencies. In addition, Ms. Johnston is well‑versed in issues arising under the Safe Explosives Act, including licensing and permitting.
Select representative experience:
Represented underground and surface operators and contractors in litigation of multi‑citation/order enforcement actions under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act in all regions of the United States
Represented various employers in OSHA and MSHA fatality and accident investigations
Represented operators regarding jurisdiction disputes between OSHA and MSHA
Represented operators in Section 105(c) discrimination investigations, temporary reinstatements proceedings and hearings
Represented management officials and agents during Section 110(c) investigations
Represented operators in Part 50 immediate notification cases following an accident
Represented operators in issues arising under the Safe Explosive Act
Represented multiple employers in cases involving all types of citations including willful and repeat allegations
Ms. Johnston has authored several published materials, including articles on safety and health topics, and she regularly presents on occupational safety and health topics to various national and state industry and trade association groups. She also conducts seminars and training programs on safety and health enforcement and discrimination topics under various state and federal acts. Ms. Johnston is a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, as well as numerous state and national mining and health and safety organizations, including the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, the Industrial Minerals Association and the Colorado Mining Association.
Ms. Johnston is a graduate of the University of Denver where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in 1986. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1989. She is licensed to practice law in Colorado and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court in Colorado and the United States Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia and the Third and Tenth Circuits.