Max L. Corley, III

P: (304) 357-9945
F: (304) 357-0919
Max is a partner in the Labor Department and a member of the Employment Practice Group. His practice is focused on the defense of clients in federal and state workplace safety and health matters, including coal mine, metal/nonmetal and occupational safety and health regulatory matters in federal and state administrative proceedings and civil defense litigation.

He regularly represents mine operators and contractors in the coal industry and in the metal/nonmetal sector of MSHA enforcement, including mine operators and producers of various metals, stone, sand, gravel and other aggregates. He actively defends operators and contractors in MSHA civil penalty proceedings, Section 110 special investigations of mine management and foremen, Section 105(c) miners' discrimination complaints, pattern of violations (POV), and other enforcement matters. He also assists operators with accident and fatality investigations and provides pre-enforcement and post-enforcement safety consultation services and training to mine management and company safety representatives.

Utilizing his business and litigation background, Max effectively assists clients in navigating MSHA and OSHA regulatory compliance matters. He also has extensive civil litigation experience and practice in defending against claims involving workplace deliberate intent, wrongful death and personal injury, commercial litigation, products liability and breach of warranty, medical malpractice and professional liability, insurance defense, premises liability and other torts.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • West Virginia State Bar
  • West Virginia Coal Association
  • Kentucky Coal Association
  • Energy and Mineral Law Foundation (EMLF)
  • National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA), Member of Safety and Health Committee
  • NSSGA Council of Counsel, Member 
  • West Virginia Defense Trial Counsel, Member of Safety and Health Committee
  • Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, Past Member of Board of Directors, 2005-2010
  • American Red Cross, Central West Virginia Chapter, Past Member of Board Directors, 2005-2010
  • Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance


  • Peer Review Rated BV in Martindale-Hubbell