Kevin D. Bland

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Kevin D. Bland joined Ogletree Deakins law firm in their Orange County office in 2011. Mr. Bland provides a wealth of experience in Health and Safety.  Before he began his legal career, Mr. Bland had nearly 20 years of construction, safety, and business experience.  In 2000, he launched his legal career after graduating cum laude from Whittier School of Law. Mr. Bland holds a Contractor’s “A” License and his practice focuses primarily on safety, risk management, Cal-OSHA regulatory rulemaking, and Cal/OSHA citation appeals. He counsels and represents various industries including construction, manufacturing, motion picture and television, and various other general industry clients along with various trade associations, construction contractors, and material suppliers.

With over two decades of safety and risk management experience to serve your needs, Mr. Bland provides his clients with legal counseling combined with practical business advice.  He began his career as an Iron Worker in Los Angeles, California where he worked as an erection foreman on high-rise buildings.  Mr. Bland has also served as Vice-President of a corporation that was accredited by United States and California Departments of Occupational Safety and Health Administration to perform testing of construction crane equipment and other material handling devices. As an expert consultant, he has advised general contractors, offshore oil platform operators, and crane and rigging contractors regarding construction planning, safety, and safe crane operation practices.

Mr. Bland has participated in rule-making advisory committees for various Cal-OSHA divisions and served as a consultant to the Crane Unit in the development of load testing procedures for mobile cranes.  He was instrumental in the development of the “Snyder Langston Mobile Crane Safety Manual Policies and Procedures” that won the International Risk Management Best Practice Awards for loss control, risk financing, risk transfer, and risk analysis in 1999.

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Various industries including construction, manufacturing, motion picture and television; other general industry clients; and various trade associations, construction contractors, and material suppliers.


  • J.D., cum laude, Whittier College School of Law, 2000
  • B.S., Business Administration, University of Phoenix, 1997

Admittance to Practice

  • California
  • Colorado

Professional Activities

  • California Framing Contactors Association (General Counsel)
  • CALPASC OCIE Chapter – California (General Counsel)
  • Associated General Contractors
  • Engineering Contractors Association
  • Southern California Contractors Association
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Colorado Bar Association (Construction Law Committee)
  • Denver Bar Association (Construction Law Committee)
  • American Bar Association (Construction Law Section)


  • Ogletree Deakins Podcast - "Workplace Safety in California, Episode 1: A Primer on Cal/OSHA" - June 11, 2019
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Crises and Calamities: Handling High-Profile Workplace Accidents" - Las Vegas - May 1, 2019
  • Ogletree Deakins Navigating California Employment Law Seminar - "What's New in California Employment Law" - Napa - February 28, 2019
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Safety Symposium - "How Is OSHA Under the Trump Administration Approaching Enforcement on Construction Worksites?" - Nashville - December 5, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "The Aftermath of OSHA Fatality Investigations—Personal Injury Lawsuits" - Phoenix - May 10, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Navigating California Employment Law Seminar - "Are You High Now, or Was It Yesterday?" - Napa - March 1, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Anatomy of an OSHA Serious Injury/Fatality Investigation: Are You Prepared?" - San Diego - May 3, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Navigating California Employment Law Seminar - "What's New in California Employment Law? Plenty!" - Napa - March 2, 2017
  • Cal-OSHA Reporter Webcast - "AB 2774: How to Prepare for Cal/OSHA's Stepped up Enforcement Resulting in More Citations, Penalties and Fines" - October 26, 2011
  • June 2018 - Cal-OSHA Reporter - "Stakeholders Get Their Say on Appeals Board Rule Proposals"
  • March 9, 2018 - Cal-OSHA Reporter - "Will IIPP Access Regulations Create a Bigger Can of Worms?"
  • February 16, 2018 - Cal-OSHA Reporter - "Stakeholders Say They Want a ‘Standalone’ Indoor Heat Reg"
  • May 5, 2017 - Cal-OSHA Reporter - "Legislation Would Kill Crucial Cal/OSHA Economic Assessment"
  • March 31, 2017 - CAL-OSHA Reporter - "$5K for Winning a Cal/OSHA Case?"
  • March 24, 2017 - Cal-OSHA Reporter - "Industry: Data Shows Vacuum-Equipped Tools Control Silica"
  • March 3, 2017 - Cal-OSHA Reporter - "Indoor Heat Rules Developing"
  • August 26, 2016 - Cal-OSHA Reporter - "Construction: Protect Current Rules"
  • June 10, 2016 - Cal-OSHA Reporter - "How Cal/OSHA Cases End Up Settled For Less"
  • April 15, 2016 - Cal-OSHA Reporter - "Standards Board: Long Timeline for Fall Protection Changes"
  • February 24, 2016 - Bloomberg BNA - "Occupational Safety & Health Daily 'OSHA Demands California, Others Change Fall Protection Rules'"
  • June 5 - 15, 2015 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "California Employers Take the Heat . . . of new Revised Heat Illness Standards"
  • March 21, 2014 - Cal-OSHA Reporter - "Cal/OSHA Repeat Violation Policy Under Scrutiny from Feds, Stakeholders"
  • June 2011 - Cal-OSHA Reporter - "Appeals Board "Restarts the Process" on Rulemaking Proposal"
  • June 2011 - Cal-OSHA Reporter - "Legacy of Disengagement - Prop. 97 - Could Save the Standards Board"
  • May 2011 - Cal-OSHA Reporter - "Assembly Budget Panel Votes to Keep Standards Board"
  • May 2011 - Cal-OSHA Reporter - "Board Adopts Cranes & Derricks Revisions, but Committee Coming?"
  • May 2011 - Cal-OSHA Reporter - "No More Standards Board?"
  • May 2011 - Cal-OSHA Reporter - "SB 829: The Path of 'Cons'"
  • April 2011 - Cal-OSHA Reporter - "Appeals Board Bill on 'Spirit of the Law'"
  • April 2011 - Cal-OSHA Reporter - "Board Chair Carter on SB 829: Let's Clarify Fatality Reporting Issue, Too"
  • March 2011 - Cal-OSHA Reporter - "DOSH to Draft Potential AFI Rules"
  • March 2011 - Cal-OSHA Reporter - "Guardrail 'Grandfather': Board Members Say Fed-OSHA Compromise Unnecessary"
  • February 2011 - Cal-OSHA Reporter - "Appeals Board Hoping to Go Live with Hearing Videoconference Pilot Project"
  • January 2011 - Cal-OSHA Reporter - "Employers Worried: "A Complete Reboot" on Serious Violations"
  • January 2011 - Cal-OSHA Reporter - "New Law: Serious Violations to Impact Employers & Brokers"
  • January 2011 - Cal-OSHA Reporter - "Party Status a Hot-Button Issue"
  • AGC of California Safety Associate of the Year
  • Contribution to Industry Safety Strathmore’s Who’s Who
  • Most Influential People in California Occupational Safety and Health by Cal-OSHA Reporter

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