The MSHA Law Advisor is brought to you by the mine safety and health attorneys at Jackson Lewis P.C. Learn more about and contact each of our authors below:
Tressi L. CordaroEmail
Tressi L. Cordaro is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis. She advises and represents employers on occupational safety and health matters before federal and state OSHA enforcement agencies. She has advised employers faced with willful and serious citations as the result of catastrophic events and fatalities, including citations involving multi-million dollar penalties. Ms. Cordaro’s approach to representing an employer cited by OSHA is to seek an efficient resolution of contested citations, reserving litigation as the option if the client’s business objectives cannot otherwise be achieved. As a result, she has secured OSHA withdrawals of citations without the need for litigation.
Ms. Cordaro’s unique experience with government agencies involved in OSHA enforcement enables her to provide employers with especially insightful guidance as to how regulators view OSHA compliance obligations, and evaluate contested cases.
Ms. Cordaro served as the Presidentially-appointed Legal Counsel and Special Advisor to the past Chairman and Commissioner Horace A. Thompson, III at the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (OSHRC) in Washington, DC, the agency that adjudicates contested federal OSHA citations. As the Commissioner’s chief counsel, Ms. Cordaro analyzed all cases presented to the OSHRC and advocated the Commissioner’s position during decisional meetings.
In addition, Ms. Cordaro worked at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration developing OSHA standards, regulations and enforcement and compliance policies, with emphasis on the construction industry. She has in-depth experience on technical issues including, in particular, issues related to cranes and derricks in construction.
Ms. Cordaro received a Bachelor of Science from Old Dominion University in 1997 and earned her Juris Doctor degree from Whittier Law School in 2001. In 2005, she was selected for U.S. Secretary of Labor’s Exceptional Achievement Award for work done with Cranes & Derricks Negotiated Rulemaking.
Carla J. GunninEmail
Carla Gunnin is a Principal in the Atlanta, Georgia, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She is Co-Leader of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Health practice group. She focuses her practice on occupational safety and health issues.
Although she is based in the firm’s Atlanta office, Ms. Gunnin has a national practice and litigates cases before federal and state administrative tribunals throughout the United States in matters of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) law and Mine Safety and Health (MSHA) law.
Ms. Gunnin has a strategic advantage in representing employers in OSHA, MSHA, and U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) matters, using her prior experience as a trial attorney for the DOL. Since going into private practice, Ms. Gunnin has successfully handled OSHA matters involving egregious citations, willful citations, fatality-related citations and complex multi-employer worksite issues. In addition, she has represented employers in a wide variety of DOL issues.
Whether for compliance-related advice or assistance with DOL inspections or citations, Ms. Gunnin’s experience serves clients well. She represents large and small companies, both privately and publically held, across all types of industries, including those in the construction, manufacturing, food processing, oil and gas, distribution and entertainment areas.
Bradford T. HammockEmail
Brad Hammock is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis, practicing exclusively in the safety and health area. He heads Jackson Lewis’ Workplace Safety and Health practice group.
He joined the firm in 2008 after serving for ten years as an OSHA attorney within the Department of Labor including, most recently, for more than three years as lead counsel for safety standards. As lead counsel, Mr. Hammock managed attorneys who worked with OSHA on regulatory initiatives, compliance assistance, and enforcement policy. He had direct responsibility for more than 20 major OSHA regulatory initiatives, including rulemakings on personal protective equipment, confined spaces, and crane safety.
Before his promotion to lead counsel, Mr. Hammock worked as a regulatory attorney for OSHA, focusing on ergonomics. He was one of the lead attorneys during the development of the OSHA ergonomics standard in 2000 and had primary responsibility for the Department of Labor’s comprehensive approach to ergonomics in 2002. Mr. Hammock is widely regarded as one of the nation’s most experienced attorneys on ergonomics.
Alka Ramchandani is an Associate in the San Francisco, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She specializes in representing employers in California occupational safety and health matters, federal and state employment matters, and immigration matters.
In particular, Ms. Ramchandani advises and represents clients in relation to inspections, investigations and enforcement actions involving the Federal and California Occupational Safety and Health Administrations. She also assists clients with preventative practices such as conducting audits and creating safety programs, plans and policies.
In addition, Ms. Ramchandani represents and advises employers in employment discrimination, harassment/hostile work environment, failure to accommodate, retaliation, wrongful termination, 132a workers’ compensation and wage and hour matters. She also advises employers on hiring and terminating employees and drafting and negotiating employment policies and contracts, including separation agreements, settlement agreements and employee handbooks. Ms. Ramchandani also has experience in representing and counseling employers in securing all immigration documentation, visa and permits necessary to facilitate the admission of individuals in temporary working visa classifications into the United States.
Nickole C. WinnettEmail
Nickole Winnett is an Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis and is a member of the Workplace Safety and Health practice group.
Ms. Winnett advises clients regarding workplace safety and health matters, and represents employers on litigation matters before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and administrative and rulemaking matters before the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. She provides OSHA inspection counseling and safety and health compliance counseling. She also conducts safety and health compliance audits and reviews and revises corporate safety and health policies.
Prior to coming to Jackson Lewis, Ms. Winnett worked at the U.S. Department of Labor in a wide variety of employment, discrimination, whistleblower, appellate, and wage and hour matters, including claims based on the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
Ms. Winnett is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the North Carolina Bar, and is admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth, and Tenth Circuits. She is active in several professional organizations, including the American Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Association.
Ms. Winnett earned her J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006, where she was Internal Communications Editor of the First Amendment Law Review and authored Don’t Fence Us In: A First Amendment Right to Freedom of Assembly and Speech. She received her B.A. in political science and philosophy, magna cum laude, from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2001.