Matthew Linton

Of Counsel Denver

Matthew Linton advises clients on a broad range of workplace and environmental safety and health issues, employment matters, and government investigations throughout the nation. He routinely handles the legal and crisis response to workplace accidents and fatalities and safety related whistleblower complaints with agencies such as OSHA, MSHA, CSB, DOT, EPA, and others. Linton also crafts risk management strategies to avoid government entanglement with a variety of federal and state agencies.

Matthew has specialized experience handling complex mine safety and health litigation including high stakes proceedings before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission involving imminent danger orders, fatal accidents, whistleblower complaints, and emergency motions for expedited hearings, among other things. Matthew's knowledge and experience as a former U.S. government attorney helps clients achieve the best possible outcomes when facing complex, high-profile agency enforcement actions. He works persistently to resolve cases before trial, and if necessary, defend complex matters through trial and appeal.


  • Negotiated complex settlement agreement with OSHA and successfully obtained reductions in classification and penalty involving a near fatal accident.
  • Secured rapid re-opening of multiple underground mines facing imminent danger withdrawal orders from MSHA.
  • Achieved dismissal at the investigative stage of numerous whistleblower complaints under a variety of federal statutes including the Mine Act, OSH Act, STAA, and more.
  • Conducted internal investigation for company facing sexual discrimination claim before the EEOC and successfully obtained dismissal of case at investigative stage.
  • As a government attorney, successfully prosecuted numerous administrative trials before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Colorado Lawyers Committee, Young Lawyers Division, Inaugural Chair (2015-2016)
  • Education Task Force, Colorado Lawyers Committee, Member (2014-2016)
  • Colorado Lawyers Committee, Election Call Center Steering Committee, Member (2016)
  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Election Call Center Elections Volunteer (2014)
  • Colorado Lawyers in the Classroom, Volunteer (2015)


  • Private Client Seminar - ''2017 Regulatory and Enforcement Developments for Extractive Resources Industries'' - Denver - December 2016
  • Private Client Seminar - ''New OSHA Rules Every Employer Should Know'' - Denver - August 02, 2016
  • National Western Mining Conference & Exhibition - ''A Discussion of MSHA's Rulemaking Trends and Significant Mine Act Decisions'' - Denver - March 23, 2016
  • Industrial Mineral Association Technology Conference, Co-Presenter - ''What Every Safety Professional Needs to Know About the Risks of Reasonable Accommodations, or, How Much Risk is Reasonable for a Reasonable Accommodation'' - San Deigo - March 2016
  • Hospitality Human Resource Association - ''OSHA Lecture to Hospitality Association'' - Denver - January 2016
  • Health Law Webinar - ''OSHA for Healthcare Providers'' - Webinar - December 2015
  • Private Client Seminar - ''OSHA Basics Seminar for Management'' - Grand Junction - July 2014
  • Health Law Webinar - ''OSHA for Healthcare Providers'' - Webinar - June 26, 2014
  • Office of the Solicitor, MSHA Litigation Backlog Project - ''New Attorney Training, The Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977'' - Denver - March 2012


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September 27, 2017 - Business Insurance - "Regulators will consider good-faith efforts as silica rule takes effect"
June 07, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Colorado's Marijuana Industry Must Follow Worker Safety Rules"
June 07, 2017 - Business Insurance - "Court urged to bar union intervention in OSHA suit"