Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Photo: ESB Professional/shutterstock) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Photo: ESB Professional/shutterstock)

Labor and employment firm Fisher Phillips has opened a Pittsburgh office and expanded its Denver location by adding a six-lawyer workplace and mine safety team from Jackson Kelly.

Three partners, Hank Moore, Arthur Wolfson and Patrick Dennison, have opened the new Pittsburgh office for Atlanta-based Fisher Phillips, while two other partners, Kristin White and Christopher Peterson, with associate Benjamin Ross, have joined the firm’s Denver office.

Their prior firm, Jackson Kelly, is a 150-lawyer general practice firm with offices in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and elsewhere. The firm has a large practice in mining and mineral law.  

“Joining Fisher Phillips provides our clients with access to a national platform that greatly expands the resources available to them,” said one of the new Denver partners, White, in an announcement. “The firm’s highly-respected national workplace safety and catastrophe management team provides us with a powerhouse platform.”

The six lawyers from Jackson Kelly give Fisher Phillps 33 offices nationwide and expand its Denver office to 18 attorneys, according to its website. The labor and employment firm has more than 400 lawyers firmwide.

“By expanding our reach in key markets such as Pittsburgh and Denver, we are strategically situated to provide the crucial labor and employment legal services our clients need,” said Fisher Phillips chairman Roger Quillen in an announcement.

The new team has extensive experience advising and defending clients in mine safety matters. In Pittsburgh, for example, Moore has more than 40 years’ experience counseling employers on workplace safety and health issues in the mining industry, whether coal, metals, stone, sand or gravel.

He and other members of the group have handled accident investigations, civil and criminal enforcement actions, and cases before federal regulators such as the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, as well as more general labor and employment matters.  

The new Pittsburgh office follows Fisher Phillips’ opening last year of a Washington office, which it expanded in January by combining with a local employment law boutique, The Farrington Firm.