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Bruce is a member of the Environmental and Natural Resources Practice Group. His practice focuses on mineral, energy and natural resources law, with a particular emphasis on the coal industry. He represents coal producers, utilities, investors, lenders and others in connection with acquisitions and dispositions, mineral leasing, and commercial transactions of every nature. He also represents his clients in commercial litigation matters.

Bruce was selected as the subject of a cover story for the 2008 Kentucky Super Lawyers® publication. The article, which can be accessed here, profiles his career path and his prominence in the areas of energy and natural resources law.

Career Highlights

Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Environment, Natural Resources & Utilities: Natural Resources, 2011-2015, 2018
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2018, in the fields of Energy Law, Mining Law Natural Resources Law
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 1996-2017, in the fields Energy Law, Mining Law, Natural Resources Law
  • The Best Lawyers in America® Lexington Mining Law "Lawyer of the Year", 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America® Lexington Energy Law “Lawyer of the Year”, 2013
  • Recognized as one of the "Top 10 Attorneys in Kentucky" in the Kentucky Super Lawyers® lists, 2008-2010
  • Recognized as one of the "Top 50 Attorneys in Kentucky" in the Kentucky Super Lawyers® lists, 2008-2011, 2015
  • Selected for inclusion in Kentucky Super Lawyers® in the field of Energy & Natural Resources, 2007-2018

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Ohio Bar Association

Community Involvement

Professional Leadership

  • Board of Trustees, Energy and Mineral Law Foundation
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Natural Resources and Environmental Law

Media

Contributions & Published Works

  • "Consent Provisions in Natural Resources Agreements," Energy and Mineral Law Foundation at 30 Energy & Min. L. Inst. 3, 2009
  • "Coal Supply Contracts: Impossibility, Commercial Impracticability, and Failure of Purpose," 29th Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, 2004
  • "Legal Right of Entry for Coal Mining Permits in Kentucky," Fourteenth Annual Kentucky Professional Engineers in Mining Seminar, 2001
  • "Ownership of Coal Refuse and Underground Voids," 26th Mineral Law Conference, University of Kentucky Mineral Law Center, 2001
  • "Real Property Co-Ownership and Natural Resources Development," Eastern Mineral Law Foundation Annual Institute, 1997
  • "Environmental and Regulatory Aspects of Mine Closings," Eastern Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute, 1995
  • "Lessor Liability for Reclamation Under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act," Eastern Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute, 1994
  • "Coal Mining in Wetlands," University of Kentucky Mineral Law Seminar, 1991
  • "Concurrent and Successive Ownership of Coal Property," 11 Eastern Mineral Law Institute, 1990
  • "Subsidence Law," University of Kentucky Mineral Law Seminar, 1990
  • "Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Mineral Industry," University of Kentucky Mineral Law Seminar, 1988
  • "What's Left of the Broad-Form Deed?" University of Kentucky Mineral Law Seminar, 1984
  • "Strip Mining: The Ohio Experience," Capital University Law Journal, 1975

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Ohio University, B.A., English, cum laude, 1968
The Ohio State University, J.D., cum laude, 1972

  • Ohio, 1973
    Kentucky, 1981
    U.S. Supreme Court, 1976
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