Litigator Willa Perlmutter Brings Mine Safety Practice to Stoel Rives

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Portland, OR — Stoel Rives LLP is pleased to announce that Willa B. Perlmutter has joined the firm’s Natural Resources group as of counsel in its Portland office. Previously with Crowell & Moring in Washington, D.C., Willa counsels mine operators and other industrial clients on compliance under the Mine Safety and Health Act, represents them during government and internal investigations, and defends them against administrative enforcement actions issued by various regulatory agencies such as MSHA and OSHA.

Willa is well positioned to understand and meet the needs of mining industry clients, focusing on mine safety law for the past two decades, and representing clients across both coal and metal/non‑metal sectors.

“I am pleased to welcome Willa to our team,” said Michael N. Mills, Chair of the firm’s Mining Industry group. “Her extensive experience as a litigator and dedication to the mining industry make her invaluable to clients. Further, our clients will benefit from positive and constructive relationships that Willa has cultivated with policymakers and operational staff at MSHA and OSHA.”

“I’m thrilled to join Stoel Rives and in particular its western footprint,” said Willa. “This firm is laser-focused on understanding how its clients operate, what their legal needs are, and how we can partner with them to achieve their goals. This philosophy combined with a dedication to extractive industries were key in my relocation decision.”

Stoel Rives’ Mining Industry team is highly experienced in advising mine owners and operators across the entire spectrum of legal concerns changing the ways businesses locate, extract and use minerals. As lead counsel for aggregate, base and precious metal, industrial mineral and coal mines, the team provides environmental, permitting, land use, health and safety, labor and employment, IP, litigation, transactional and financing counsel. With their depth of industry experience, the team members are able to develop creative and practical solutions for their clients’ increasingly complex issues.

About Stoel Rives LLP: Stoel Rives is a business law firm providing corporate and litigation services to clients in the Energy & Infrastructure, Agribusiness, Food & Beverage, Manufacturing & Consumer Products, Technology, Life Sciences, Healthcare, Government & Public Agencies and Natural Resources industries throughout the United States. The firm has nearly 400 attorneys operating out of 11 offices in seven states and the District of Columbia. Stoel Rives is a leader in corporate, energy, environmental, intellectual property, labor and employment, land use and construction, litigation, natural resources, project development and real estate law. For more information, follow @stoelrives or visit

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