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Government Experience

  • Department of the Interior—Special Counsel to the Secretary of the Interior for Surface Mining; Special Assistant to the Administrator, Mining Enforcement and Safety Administration (1973-1977)


  • Boston University School of Law, J.D.
  • Boston University, B.A.


  • District of Columbia

Edward M. Green

 Senior Counsel Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2922
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Edward M. Green is senior counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Crowell & Moring where he concentrates on regulatory and legislative matters affecting the mining and natural resources industries. Mr. Green's practice focuses on safety and health matters arising out of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. He has decades of experience in complex occupational health issues relating to respirable dust, diesel particulate matter, silica, other airborne contaminants, occupational noise exposure, and the approval and certification of respirators and mining machinery and equipment. Mr. Green's background as a senior administrator of the federal mine safety and health agency and then as general counsel of the mining industry's trade association gives him a unique perspective and understanding of the personnel and workings of both the government and the mining industry. This allows him to develop credible pathways to winning objectives for his clients.

Mr. Green also advises mining industry and other clients on compliance issues relating to the regulation of explosive materials by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). He also counsels a variety of clients on issues concerning the National Firearms Act and the Gun Control Act, and the complex regulations which implement those statutes.

In addition to his regulatory and legislative practice, Mr. Green counsels non-profit organizations and trade associations. For example, he is general outside counsel to the International Cyanide Management Institute, which administers a very successful best practices code of voluntary standards for the use of cyanide in the mining of gold.

Before joining Crowell & Moring in 1993, beginning in 1970 Mr. Green was an attorney at the U.S. Department of the Interior working on mining issues. He drafted many of the mine safety and health regulations still in force today. From 1973 to 1975, he served as a special counsel to the Secretary of the Interior, charged with focusing on legal issues relating to the controversial bills being considered by the Congress that were ultimately enacted as the Surface Mining and Control and Reclamation Act of 1977. He received personal recognition for his efforts from President Richard Nixon. He then served as Special Assistant and Chief of Staff to the Administrator of the Mining Enforcement and Safety Administration predecessor of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), receiving a citation for meritorious service from Interior Secretary Cecil Andrus for that work.

Mr. Green left government service in 1977 to join the American Mining Congress (a predecessor organization to the National Mining Association). At AMC he served as general counsel and secretary. Among his primary responsibilities at AMC were oversight of the Association's work on all Executive Branch regulatory matters and management of AMC's extensive litigation program.

Mr. Green has spoken and written extensively on mining topics. He is a past president of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation and continues as a trustee of that organization. He received both his B.A. degree and his J.D. degree from Boston University under the University's Accelerated Combined Degree Program.

Mr. Green is admitted to practice before several U.S. Courts of Appeals and in the District of Columbia.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, U.S. Court of Appeals

Highlights, News & Knowledge

Speeches & Presentations

  • MSHA and NIOSH Developments During the Trump Administration – There’s More To It Than Meets the Eye, Wyoming Mining Association, Cody, WY (June 5, 2019). Speaker: Ed Green and Monty Cooper.
  • Boom & Bust – Emerging Occupational Health Issues in Industrial Minerals, IMA-NA’s Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop, Savannah, GA (March 26, 2019). Speaker: Ed Green and Monty Cooper.
  • "Update on the Health Effects of Diesel Exhaust: DEMS and the Health Effects Institute Diesel Epidemiology Panel Report," The Industrial Minerals Association - North America's 2015 Annual Meeting, Palm Beach, FL (September 17, 2015). Presenter: Edward Green.
  • "MSHA Regulatory & Legislative Agenda – 2013," Safety and Health Committee Meeting of the Illinois Coal Association (November 30, 2012). Presenter: Edward M. Green.
  • "The Joe Main Agenda and Prospects for Mine Safety and Health Legislation in 2010," Industrial Minerals Association--North America Webinar (January 21, 2010). Co-Presenters: Edward M. Green and Robert Glenn.


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