Gwendolyn K. Nightengale

Of Counsel || Washington D.C.

Gwen Nightengale advises and represents management on workplace safety and health issues nationwide. She regularly represents mining companies in the coal, metal, stone, sand and gravel industries in enforcement proceedings before Administrative Law Judges of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission. She litigates formal contests of agency enforcement actions and employment discrimination claims based on safety activity. Gwen advises companies on regulatory compliance, assists mine operators with government accident investigations, special investigations, discrimination investigations, and inspections. She also represents mine operators in conferences with regulatory officials.

Gwen speaks and writes on a variety of workplace safety and health topics. She recently co-authored the “Voluntary Safety and Health Self-Audits” chapter of the third edition of the Occupational Safety and Health Law Handbook (Rowman & Littlefield, 3d ed. 2016).

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  • J.D., Howard University School of Law, 2009
  • B.S., Howard University, 2005

Admittance to Practice

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Professional Activities

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • American Bar Association


  • ConExpo-Con/Agg - "The Good, the Bad and the Puzzling: Mine Safety Law Year in Review 2016" - Las Vegas - March 2017
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Webinar - "MSHA Enforcement Overview" - November 2016
  • 2016 - 2016 Occupational Safety and Health Law Handbook - "Voluntary Safety and Health Self-Audits"
  • January 2004 - Brain Research - "Zonal Expression and Activity of Glutathione S-Transferase Enzymes in the Mouse Olfactory Muscosa"
  • May 7, 2018 - EHS Today - "MSHA Promotes Powered Haulage Safety"

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