Jeffrey J. Ladik focuses his mine safety law practice exclusively before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission. In his national niche practice, Mr. Ladik represents mine operators and independent contractors in litigation before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission. He provides counsel and representation for companies seeking to contest citations, orders, and proposed penalty assessments arising from MINE Act provisions.
From 2007 to January 2009, Mr. Ladik served as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of MSHA (Schedule C Appointee). In this role, he advised the MSHA Assistant Secretary on all major regulations and policies involving the MINE Act, and was responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of national coal and metal/nonmetal enforcement programs. Mr. Ladik also managed the agency’s congressional oversight investigations stemming from the Crandall Canyon mine accident.
During his tenure at MSHA, the agency achieved for the first time ever 100% completion of all mandatory regular safety and health inspections. To this end, he represents clients on a wide variety of MINE Act violations and also defends operators against MSHA enforcement actions. When a mine operator is subject to MSHA citations resulting from mandatory inspections, Mr. Ladik offers representation from the start of the inspections through settlement or litigation. Mr. Ladik’s unique experience working on the inside of MSHA affords him the knowledge to navigate the entire agency, ranging from its coal and metal/nonmetal enforcement divisions; the promulgation of regulations via the Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances (OSRV); and the Department of Labor’s Office of the Solicitor (SOL).
Mr. Ladik has devoted a substantial portion of his career to public service and influencing public policy. His additional service includes providing election law advice to four separate Presidential campaigns (Bush/Cheney ’04; McCain/Palin ’08; Romney/Ryan ’12; Trump/Pence ’16); working on a gubernatorial campaign (Douglas ‘02, VT) and a large-scale senate campaign (Santorum ’06, PA); and working in the Office of Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts while an undergraduate student at Boston College.
Mr. Ladik is a frequent speaker at mining conferences, trade association meetings, and professional society meetings. He is often sought after for his logistical-political, policy, and legal analyses. He presently sits on the Board of Directors for the Pittsburgh Coal Mining Institute of America (PCMIA) and the Government Affairs Committee of the Maryland Transportation Builders and Materials Association (MTBMA).
Mr. Ladik also provides counsel to nationally recognized nonprofit organizations that, due to their IRS status, seek to influence federal regulatory policy.
Because of his extensive public policy background, Mr. Ladik regularly assists clients with regulatory, policy, legislative, and administrative issues that arise before MSHA, as well as other regulatory agencies that impact the mining industry. This includes providing analyses of agency regulations in addition to highlighting the procedural mechanisms which can be used to modify or halt regulations. Similarly, he also concentrates on creating strategy and consulting with interested stakeholders in order to elevate an issue from the bureaucrat level to the political. In addition, he represents mine operators throughout MSHA rulemaking proceedings, including MSHA’s informal public hearings on proposed rules.
During law school Mr. Ladik worked in the Executive Office of the President of the United States, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), including the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) – which is the gatekeeper of all significant federal regulations imposing greater than a $100M burden on the national economy. He also served as a judicial extern to the late-Honorable Carol Mansmann of the US Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.
Mr. Ladik is an alumnus of Boston College, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he earned his master and law degrees simultaneously and at an accelerated pace.