Dana M. Svendsen


Denver, Colorado

Phone: 303.299.8164

Fax: 303.298.0940



  • Juris Doctor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2006
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska, 2001


Dana Svendsen is a highly skilled regulatory compliance and employment attorney with a practice emphasis in workplace safety and health.

For nearly 15 years, Dana has represented general industry, construction, and mining clients for matters including compliance issues, as well as policy, legislative, and regulatory concerns, involving the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

Dana routinely handles OSHA and MSHA civil and criminal enforcement actions and whistleblower claims. She has extensive experience involving the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act, and other state and federal safety and health regulations. Dana has helped her clients resolve and avoid numerous willful and serious OSHA citations, along with MSHA enforcement alleging unwarrantable failures to comply with the law. Dana’s background as a civil engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offers her clients deep technical knowledge and a strategic advantage in workplace health and safety matters.

Dana counsels and represents companies seeking to contest citations, orders, and proposed penalty assessments arising from MSHA and OSHA enforcement as well as representing them in the investigations that follow catastrophic events, serious injuries, and fatalities. In addition, Dana handles a range of management-side employment law matters, including providing preventive advice and counseling.

Dana is active in a number of organizations, including Opera Colorado and the Colorado Stone, Sand & Gravel Association. Dana has been recognized for her industry leadership and is the 2016 recipient of the Rodman C. Stewart Memorial Safety Leadership Award awarded by the Colorado Stone, Sand & Gravel Association. Dana has authored several published materials, is a frequent speaker on safety and health topics, and has administered innovative training for supervisory employees under OSHA and MSHA.

Publications & Presentations






  • Workplace Safety: COVID-19 Implications
    Sherman & Howard 2020 Labor & Employment Conference | September 17, 2020
  • Petitions for Modifications: Are They Worth Pursuing? 
    ABA OSH Law Midwinter Panel | March 2020
  • Recent OSHA Initiatives & MSHA Update
    Sherman & Howard OSHA Update | December 2019
  • OSHA Update
    Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Conference | May 2019
  • Practical Aspects of an OSHA Inspection
    Assured Partners | March 2019
  • Ballot Initiatives 
    Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce | October 2018
  • Where Dirt Becomes Cash: Due Diligence on Mining Operations
    Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation | September 2018
  • Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines
    Colorado Stone, Sand and Gravel Assocation Webinar | June 2018
  • MSHA Update
    Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Conference | May 2018
  • OSHA Regulation of Oil and Gas Operations
    Colorado Bar Association CLE | September 2016
  • The Mine Act and MSHA: Supervisory Rights and Responsibilities
    New Mexico Bureau of Mine Safety 2016 MSHA Training Session | April 2016
  • Managing Contractors on the Mine Site
    Industrial Minerals Association-North America Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop | March 2016
  • Mythbusting MSHA’s New Workplace Examination PPL
    Industrial Minerals Association-North America Presentation | October 2015
  • Where are we with Flagrant and POV?
    Industrial Minerals Association-North America 2015 Annual Meeting | September 2015
  • Emergency Response & Crisis Management
    Colorado Stone, Sand & Gravel Association Webinar | June 2015

Professional Activities

  • Denver Bar Association
  • Colorado Stone, Sand and Gravel Association





  • Super Lawyers, “Rising Stars” Colorado (2018-2019)
  • Colorado Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, “Rodman C. Stewart Memorial Safety Leadership Award” (2016)