• Georgetown University, A.B. history (1962)
  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D. (1971)

Timothy M. Biddle

Retired Partner

Timothy M. Biddle is a retired partner and founding member of Crowell & Moring LLP. He also founded and led the firm's extensive federal mine safety and health counseling and litigation practice. In addition to his mine safety practice, Tim was legal counsel to Helicopter Association International, the principal trade association for the worldwide helicopter industry.

For over 35 years, Tim represented mining companies in contesting Federal Mine Safety and Health Act (MSHA) enforcement actions, defending against miner discrimination claims, litigating contested petitions for modification of safety standards, and challenging MSHA regulations in federal court. He often counseled companies and supervisors facing MSHA special investigations and represented companies during MSHA investigations of mine accidents. The National Coal Association selected Tim as the industry's "Coal Lawyer of the Year" for 1991. He was also selected by his peers to be included in the 2008 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of natural resources law.

Tim lectured and wrote extensively on mine safety subjects. He was the editor and author of several chapters of Volume I, Mine Safety and Health, Coal Law and Regulation (Matthew Bender & Co. 1983 and annual supplements) and was the author of the chapter on Federal Regulation of Mine Safety and Health in The American Law of Mining 2d, a multi-volume treatise on U.S. mining law. He published several articles on mine safety topics and frequently spoke on mine safety issues at industry conferences, including those sponsored by the National Mining Association, the Energy & Mineral Law and Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundations, and Mine Regulation Reporter. Tim often gave seminars on mine safety law for supervisors at mines operated by mining companies.

In his role as counsel to Helicopter Association International, Tim served as special advisor, legal, to the Association’s Board of Directors and provided both strategic and day-to-day legal advice to the Association’s professional staff. Tim was awarded Honorary Membership in the Association, an honor only given to 22 leaders in the helicopter industry over the Association's 58-year history, and in 2005 he was named an "HAI Eagle" by the Association's Board of Directors to recognize his long service to the industry.

Tim received his B.A. degree in history from Georgetown University and his law degree from Catholic University Law School, where he was selected as an editor of the Law Review based on his academic performance. Between graduation from college and starting law school, he was an officer in the U.S. Air Force for five years flying as a navigator.