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Our Attorneys


Adele L. Abrams, Esq., CMSP

Firm president

Adele is an attorney, safety professional and trainer who is president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C. in Beltsville, MD, Charleston, WV, and Denver, CO, a multi-attorney firm focusing on safety, health and employment law nationwide. As a certified mine safety professional, Adele provides consultation, safety audits and training services to MSHA and OSHA regulated companies. 

Adele is a regular columnist for numerous magazines on legal, employment, mine and occupational safety/health issues, and is co-author of several books related to mining, construction, employment law, and occupational safety and health.

She is a member of the Maryland, DC and Pennsylvania Bars, the U.S. District Courts of Maryland, DC and Tennessee, the U.S. Court of Appeals, DC, 3rd and 4th Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. She is a graduate of the George Washington University’s National Law Center, and earned her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. 

Her professional memberships include the American Society of Safety Professionals, National Safety Council, the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, Associated Builders and Contractors, the Industrial Minerals Association-North America, and the American Bar Association. In 2017, she received the NSC’s Distinguished Service to Safety Award. 

Email: Tel: 301-595-3520


Gary Visscher, Esq.

Of Counsel Emeritus (DC, MI)

Gary has long-time involvement in occupational safety and health (OSHA and MSHA) and employment law. 

Prior to his current position, Gary worked in several U.S. government positions, including Workforce Policy Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Education and Workforce Committee, Commissioner on the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, Deputy Assistant Secretary for OSHA, and Board Member for the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. 

He has also served as Vice President, Employee Relations for the American Iron & Steel Institute, and as adjunct professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). 

Gary is a member of the Michigan and District of Columbia bars. 

Email: Tel: 301-595-3520


Sarah Ghiz Korwan, Esq.

Of counsel (WV)

West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV (JD)

Sarah is a graduate of West Virginia University College of Law.  She is the Managing Attorney of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C.'s West Virginia office.  She has extensive experience representing mine operators and individuals cited by the US Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration and the WV Office of Miners’ Safety and Training, and in accident investigations.

Email: Tel: 304-543-5700

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