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Bruce Boyens

Of Counsel

Overview

Bruce Boyens is Of Counsel to Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP. A private practitioner in Denver, Colorado since 1990, he specializes in consulting with labor unions on issues relating to labor and environmental law, labor organizing, labor education, union elections, internal union governance and alternative dispute resolutions. 

Boyens was a Regional Director for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters elections in 1991 and 1995. He developed and taught collective bargaining and labor law courses for the George Meany Center, the United Mine Workers of America, Transportation Workers Local 260, the Kentucky Nurses Association, among others. Previously, he was an Attorney Instructor at the University of Tennessee Legal Clinic in Knoxville, Tennessee (1977-1978) and an Assistant Professor at the West Virginia Institute of Technology in Montgomery, West Virginia (1975). 

Boyens served as a special arbitrator of securities fraud claims in Kentucky in the matter of SEC v. Prudential Sec., Inc., No. 93-2164 (D.D.C. 1993). He served as the Western Regional Director and Counsel for the United Mine Workers from 1983-1990, where he was the chief negotiator in over 30 major agreements for the United Mine Workers, and represented the United Mine Workers in all matters before the National Labor Relations Board. From 1973-1977, he served as General Counsel to District 17 of the United Mine Workers Association and also worked as an underground coal miner during that time. 

From 1978-1982, Boyens served as the Assistant Regional Director/Inspection and Enforcement (Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia) for the United States Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining in Knoxville, Tennessee. 

Boyens has authored several articles in the areas of labor and environmental law, including: Development of Foreign Coal by American Companies, The National Coal Issue, West Virginia Law Review (Spring 1985), Export of Coal, Jobs and Capital and Its Effects on the American Coal Industry, Ninth Annual Seminar in Mineral Law, University of Kentucky College of Law (October 1984), and the Guide to Black Lung Benefits (December 1972). He served as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Mineral Law & Policy, University of Kentucky College of Law, from 1988-1999.

Boyens earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law and earned a Certificate in Environmental Policy and Management from Harvard University.

Practice Areas

Education

  • University of Kentucky College of Law, J.D.
  • Harvard University, Certificate in Environmental Policy and Management

Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • West Virginia
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