Micah Smith is a partner with the firm’s national OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Group. His practice focuses on occupational safety and health law.
Mr. Smith represents clients in the full range of OSHA-related matters across a wide range of industries, with particular experience representing clients in the petroleum refining, chemical processing, and commercial baking industries. Mr. Smith works with his clients to identify safety and health strategies that both increase employee safety and improve business performance with a particular emphasis in:
Advising and representing clients during inspections, investigations, and enforcement actions involving the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Assisting clients on a broad range of OSHA regulatory compliance issues to identify and eliminate problems before they occur. This includes recordkeeping, process safety management, lock-out/tag-out, machine guarding, and personal protective equipment issues, among others.
Counseling clients through catastrophic industrial, construction, and manufacturing workplace accidents, including explosions and chemical releases.
Managing all aspects of litigation against OSHA, including appeals of citations, negotiations of settlements geared to minimize the business impact of enforcement actions, and trials before the OSH Review Commission.
Helping employers develop and audit safety programs and policies to address employee safety in their specific industries.
Prior to joining Conn Maciel Carey, Mr. Smith served as Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Commerce, Foreign Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China. Before his time in China, Mr. Smith represented clients as an attorney in the OSHA group of two large U.S. law firms.
Mr. Smith lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his wife and three children. Connect with him through LinkedIn.
Micah Smith quoted in "Appellate Decision Sets High Bar For Trump EPA Effort To Revise RMP Rule" August 2018
Micah Smith quoted in "Chemical-plant explosions continue as EPA pursues weaker safety rules" May 2018
Micah Smith quoted in "OSHA Proposes More High-Hazard Inspections, Fewer Overall Checks" February 2018
J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 2006
B.A., Ouachita Baptist University, 2002
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
American Bar Association, Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee