FMSHRC Gains Fifth Commissioner

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Alabama lawyer Patrick K. Nakamura to be a member for a six-year term expiring Aug. 30, 2016.

The Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission has a fifth member in place following the U.S. Senate confirmation of Patrick K. Nakamura to be a member for a six-year term expiring Aug. 30, 2016.

Nakamura has practiced law in Birmingham, Ala. for more than 30 years. As senior partner in the firm Nakamura, Quinn, Walls, Weaver & Davies, he has represented clients in both civil and administrative labor, employment, and health and safety litigation in federal and state courts and agencies, including FMSHRC, the National Labor Relations Board, and the U.S. Department of Labor.

He joins Chairman Mary Lucille Jordan and members Michael F. Duffy, Michael G. Young, and Robert F. Cohen, Jr. on the commission. Duffy is a former chairman of the commission who was deputy general counsel of the National Mining Association before he joined the commission in 2003. Cohen practiced law in Morgantown and Fairmont, W.Va. before his confirmation.

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