Dennise R. Smith
Counsel
Charleston, WV
office 304.720.4076
  • Overview
  • Services
  • Admissions
  • Publications & Presentations
  • Resources

Ms. Smith’s primary area of practice is workplace safety issues (MSHA and OSHA).

Education

  • West Virginia University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1991
  • West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 1996

Experience

  • Assisting in representation of employers on OSHA and MSHA matters, and before state safety agencies regarding interpretations of regulatory requirements, significant citations and orders, accident investigations, special investigations, and employment discrimination issues related to safety
  • Counseling small businesses on compliance with OSHA and other laws impacting the workplace, including drafting drug testing policies, employee handbooks and safety policies
  • Participating in litigation, including conducting and defending depositions of parties, expert witnesses and witnesses, trial court oral arguments, mediations and settlement conferences
  • Representing clients in employment law, wage and hour, class actions and mass torts
  • Managing document issues and e-discovery in mass torts/complex litigation
  • Preparing and arguing cases before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • Former Administrative Law Judge for West Virginia Unemployment Compensation Appeals Board
  • Served as staff counsel for the West Virginia House of Delegates’ Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Constitutional Revisions, including drafting, analyzing and preparing legislation for consideration by the Committees
Chemical Compliance, Privacy & Investigations Deliberate Intent Litigation Litigation OSHA & MSHA

Admissions

  • West Virginia State Bar
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • State Bar of California, Inactive
  • Ohio State Bar, Inactive

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-author, "Section 110(c) Liability Under the Mine Act: A Fresh Look at Theories of Liability, Defenses and Representation Issues," 27 Energy & Min. L. Inst. ch. 9 (2007)
Currents - Energy Industry Insights: Issue 30, 2018 Currents - Energy Industry Insights: Week of October 8, 2017 Currents - Energy Industry Insights: Week of October 1, 2017 Currents - Energy Industry Insights: Week of September 17, 2017 Energy and Environmental Law News: Legal Insights Aug. 20th 2017 Spilman Adds MSHA/ OSHA Lawyer