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Michael T. Taylor

Michael Taylor is Chair of the Greenberg Traurig OSHA Practice group. Michael focuses his practice exclusively on representing and advising employers from a broad range of industries across the country regarding workplace safety and health matters. Over the last eighteen years, Michael has represented scores of employers during federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) litigation, as well as many state OSHA litigation matters, including, but not limited to, Virginia OSHA; California OSHA; North and South Carolina OSHA; Kentucky OSHA; and Nevada OSHA. Many of these representations have involved a significant injury, fatality, or catastrophic event in the workplace. Michael also provides federal and state OSHA compliance counseling, inspection counseling, whistleblower representation, and due diligence reviews for clients. Michael also represents employers regarding concurring Chemical Safety Board investigations. Michael has wide-ranging experience representing employers in the construction, oil, gas, and chemical manufacturing industries.

Michael previously served as General Counsel to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, the agency in charge of adjudicating workplace safety and health disputes between federal OSHA and the regulated community.

In 2020, Michael was recognized as a "Labor & Employment Star" in the Benchmark Litigation Labor & Employment rankings, and, in 2013, EHS Today named Michael as one of the Top 50 People Who Most Influenced Environmental, Health, and Safety. Michael is also the Founder and Host of the Greenberg Traurig Workplace Safety Review Podcast, where he interviews influential environmental, health, and safety professionals across the country regarding timely and important topics in the environmental, health, and safety world.

Concentrations

  • OSHA

Podcast | Workplace Safety Review


Capabilities

Experience

Construction

  • Represented construction company in federal litigation involving crane collapse.°
  • Represented construction company in federal litigation involving demolition operations.°
  • Represented construction company in federal litigation involving use of certain clamps to pickup tank piping.°
  • Represented construction company in federal litigation involving trenching at a construction site.°

Oil and Gas/Energy

  • Represented oil and gas company in federal litigation involving a blowout at a natural gas well.°
  • Represented oil and gas well drilling company in a case involving a whistleblower allegation.°
  • Represented utility company in federal litigation involving lockout/tagout and personal protective equipment.°
  • Represented oil and gas well drilling company in federal litigation regarding fall protection.°
  • Represented utility company in federal litigation involving arc flash and electrocution.°
  • Represented oil refinery in federal litigation involving facility siting.°
  • Represented oil refineries in federal litigation involving OSHA's Process Safety Management National Emphasis Program citations.°
  • Represented oil refinery in federal litigation involving employee exposure to oily water sewer system.°
  • Represented oil refinery in state litigation involving heat exchanger explosion.°
  • Represented coal company in federal litigation involving combustible dust.°
  • Represented wind energy company in case involving fixed ladders inside wind turbines.°

Trade Association

  • Represented trade association in case involving federal OSHA's Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Combustible Dust.°
  • Represented trade association in case involving federal OSHA's Proposed Rule regarding the Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution standard.°
  • Represented trade association in case involving federal OSHA's interpretation of Occupational Noise standards.°

Chemical

  • Represented chemical company in federal litigation involving explosion at a salt water disposal well.°
  • Represented chemical companies in federal litigation involving OSHA's Process Safety Management National Emphasis Program citations.°
  • Represented chemical company in federal litigation involving facility siting.°
  • Represented chemical company in federal litigation involving hazard communication.°
  • Represented chemical company in federal litigation involving flammable liquids.°
  • Represented chemical company in federal litigation involving anhydrous ammonia.°
  • Represented chemical company in federal litigation involving tank explosion.°
  • Represented chemical company in federal litigation involving explosion at a chemical storage facility.°

Nursing Homes

  • Represented nursing homes in federal litigation regarding whether an employee COVID-19 fatality was work-related.
  • Represented nursing homes in federal litigation regarding ergonomics hazards in the workplace.

Manufacturers

  • Represented automotive parts company in state litigation involving explosion in chemical room.°
  • Represented commercial hot water heater manufacturer in federal litigation involving permit-required confined spaces.°
  • Represented automotive parts company in federal litigation involving arc flash and other electrical safety issues.°
  • Represented coil manufacturer in federal litigation involving guarding issues.°
  • Represented paper manufacturer in federal litigation involving lockout/tagout of equipment.°

Grain Handling Industry

  • Represented grain elevator in federal litigation regarding combustible dust explosion hazard.°
  • Represented grain elevator in federal litigation regarding employee engulfment inside grain bin.°

Entertainment

  • Represented motion picture company in state litigation involving electrical safety.°

Workplace Violence

  • Represented Waco, Texas restaurant in a case involving workplace violence resulting from a motorcycle club shootout and OSHA’s claim the restaurant needed a workplace violence program.°
  • Represented commercial real estate company in response to a mass shooting of workers in Cincinnati, Ohio.

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Taylor prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission
    • General Counsel, 2003
    • Chief Legal Counsel and Special Advisor to Chairman W. Scott Railton, 2002
  • Legal Intern, Hon. David W. McKeague, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, 1999
  • Legal Intern, Hon. Richard F. Suhrheinrich, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1998

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Benchmark Litigation, "Labor & Employment Star," 2020
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Labor and Employment - Workplace and Employment Counseling, 2018-2019
  • Recognized, EHS Today, “50 People Who Most Influenced Environmental, Health and Safety.” 2013
  • Recipient, American Society of Business Publication Editors: Occupational Hazards magazine, Azbee Award, 2008
  • Member, Association of Energy Services Companies
  • Member, American Society of Safety Professionals
  • Member, American Bar Association
    • Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee

Credentials

Education
  • LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center
  • J.D., Western Michigan Law School
  • B.S., Eastern Kentucky University
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
Admitted in the District of Columbia. Not admitted in Virginia. Practice in Virginia limited to federal OSHA and proceedings before federal agencies.