Thanks, Mike

By |  January 13, 2017

m_heenanIn my nearly 21 years at Pit & Quarry magazine, a great deal of content has passed through my desk and across my computer screen. A number of talented writers have contributed, including editors and freelancers, as well as monthly and quarterly columnists. Carl Metzgar wrote a popular safety column, and today columnists Dr. David Chereb, George Reddin and Scott Duncan provide insights into the economics of our industry.

And in these past two decades, some of the most valuable content has come from the pen … well, keyboard … of Mike Heenan. Serving as our legal columnist since 1996, Michael T. Heenan has given our readers advice on one of their most pressing concerns – dealing with the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA).

Mike is moving toward semi-retirement, so taking over the column are his very able colleagues Margo Lopez and William Doran, from the same Washington law firm as Mike – Ogletree Deakins. Pit & Quarry’s February issue may include the last of Mike’s bylines, but do not despair as Margo and Bill will continue to provide the same quality MSHA advice that Mike has shared with you for more than 20 years.

Margo Lopez is a long-time workplace safety lawyer representing mining companies in the aggregate, metal and coal industries. She is a highly successful litigator and regularly presents company and industry cases before administrative law judges, federal review commissions and the United States Court of Appeals.

Bill Doran represents companies in accident investigations, audits and discrimination investigations conducted by MSHA, OSHA and state agencies. He also represents companies in litigation before the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission, the Federal Mine Safety & Health Review Commission and the federal courts.

Bill says, “Margo and I have worked closely with Mike Heenan for over 30 years in our mine safety and health practice. During that time, Mike has been a mentor, a colleague and a close friend. We have experienced, first hand, his leadership and enthusiasm with respect to workplace safety and his commitment to being an effective and ethical lawyer. Those principles,” Bill continues, “have been infused into our practice and will continue to guide us moving forward – not only in the practice of law but also in our writing for Pit & Quarry.”

So in this space I would like to formally say “Thank You” to Mike Heenan. We greatly appreciate the contributions he has made and the help he has provided our readers. Mike, we all wish you the best.

About the Author:

Darren Constantino is an editor of Pit & Quarry magazine. He can be reached at

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