Mining Law

Mining and Blasting Litigation

Friedman, Dazzio & Zulanas has decades of experience defending mining companies, explosives manufacturers, and blasting contractors.

Aggressive Defense

Friedman has been heavily involved in mining related litigation, regulation and compliance matters for decades in Alabama and in other states. Our work includes representation of quarries, coal mines and mining related businesses in all phases of licensing, administrative law, labor, environmental regulation, and litigation. Friedman also serves as national counsel for mining and blasting companies.


Our team actively engages in state, local, and national professional activities and associations that align with our clients’ involvement. Firm members proudly contribute as faculty to continuing legal education programs and seminars, lending their expertise to further the legal community’s growth. Additionally, we are dedicated to participating in civic initiatives that strengthen our communities.

If you’re seeking guidance on a legal matter or wish to discuss your needs, we welcome you to get in touch.

Jeffrey E. Friedman

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Legal Triumphs

We have built an impressive resume in mining related litigation.

  • Mining Case 01

    Represented three Walker County coal producers against a Florida Utilities Company resulting in largest verdict in Walker County history.

  • Mining Case 02

    Successfully defended against multiple lawsuits in Georgia for alleged property damage caused by utility contractor – blasting.

  • Mining Case 03

    Representation of Texas mineral owners in litigation involving the wrongful taking of natural gas against major oil and gas production company.

  • Mining Case 04

    Provided insurance coverage analysis and counsel to insurance companies for multiple death claims relating to the largest underground mining disaster in state history.

  • Mining Case 05

    Representation of management and supervisors of coal company in litigation by injured workers.

  • Mining Case 06

    Co-counsel in West Virginia defending litigation brought by mine workers claiming alleged exposure to dangerous chemicals at mine site.

  • Mining Case 07

    Representation of mining company in multi million dollar dispute over rights to mine coal adjacent to gas pipeline.

  • Mining Case 08

    National counsel for multiple mining and blasting companies.
    Served as lead counsel in mining litigation in Alabama, Georgia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Wyoming, and New York.

  • Mining Case 09

    Responsible for Supreme Court decision limiting the recovery of damages for emotional distress in cases involving property damage from mining and blasting activities

  • Mining Case 10

    Frequent mining related trial work including representation of two surface mining companies in lawsuit by property owner resulting in defense verdict in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Alabama. The Boyd v. Twin Pines et al. case was one of the three defense verdicts in blasting cases obtained by the firm in a 24 month period.

Our Memberships & Affiliations

  • International Society of Explosives Engineers, Alabama Coal Association, Friends of Coal, and National Quarry Academy.
  • Member of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Institute of Makers of Explosives (IME).
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