Marco M. Rajkovich Jr.

Marco M. Rajkovich Jr.

Member
Location:
Lexington, Kentucky
Phone:
859-245-1059, ext. 24
Fax:
(859) 245-1231
Email:

Marco is a member of the Lexington, Kentucky law firm of Rajkovich, Williams, Kilpatrick & True, PLLC and concentrates his practice in the areas of mine safety and health, mineral and energy and administrative law.  The firm was listed in U.S. News & World Reports “Best Law Firms” 2011-2016.  He is a Licensed Professional Engineer – Mining, a Licensed Professional Land Surveyor and Certified Underground Mine Foreman in Kentucky. Prior to his law career, he was with U.S. Steel Mining Company, Inc. serving in various positions in engineering as well as production.

Marco is a 1977 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with the Mining Option and was a member of Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honorary.  He is a 1987 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law where he was a member of the Journal of Mineral Law & Policy.

Marco is an author and frequent speaker at various mining industry conventions, meetings and seminars and a guest lecturer at the University of Kentucky College of Engineering, College of Law.  He is a contributor to The Coal Mining Reference Book (2012) and co-author of The Kentucky Environmental Law Handbook, Government Institutes (1991, 1993).  Marco is authorized by the Kentucky Board of Licensure of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors as an instructor on ethics and minimum technical standards and has given national presentations on ethics for the National Society of Professional Engineers. 

Throughout his career, Marco has been involved in representation of mining and land-holding companies in several mine explosions, disasters, major accident litigation and mineral law issues in both federal and Kentucky state courts, and administrative tribunals, some of which have gained national prominence.  He has argued cases in front of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission and the Court of Appeals of Kentucky.

Marco is also a Permanent Deacon of the Catholic Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky, a lifetime appointee as Defender of the Bond for the Tribunal of the Catholic Diocese of Lexington and holds a Master of Arts (Pastoral Theology) from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology.

He has served as an officer and director of the Kentucky Engineering Foundation, a member of the Executive Committee and  Trustee of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, a director of the Kentucky Coal Association and member of the KCA Health and Safety Committee, Co-Chair of the Justice Committee of the Kentucky Appalachian Advisory Council, Chair of the Governance Committee and member of the Financial Council for the Catholic Diocese of Lexington, Emeritus Member of Legatus, Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, Finance Council for the Catholic Diocese of Lexington Benedictus Bookstore; Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology Lay Advisory Board; 2008 Achievement in Mining Award for the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers, six-time recipient of the KSPE President’s Award, Chair of the Professional Engineers in Mining Practice Group of KSPE, named in Best Lawyers in America, member of the Kentucky Geological Survey Advisory Board, member of the Jessamine County Joint Planning Commission, the NRCC Business Advisory Council 2005 Honorary Chairman for Kentucky, the NRCC 2005 Business Man of the Year, NRCC 2006 Congressional Medal of Distinction, Kentucky Bar Association Lifetime Fellow, Kentucky Colonel, Kentucky Coal Baron, a Kentucky Superlawyer, 2011 Honorary Membership in the Kentucky Association of Professional Surveyors, named in Best Lawyers in America as 2014 Lawyer of the Year—Energy Law—Lexington, Ky, 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award, Mining Engineering, University of Kentucky and a member of several national, state and local mining industry organizations.

Areas of Practice

  • 90% Mineral & Energy
  • 10% Civil Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Licensed Kentucky Professional Engineer – Mining
  • Licensed Kentucky Professional Land Surveyor
  • Certified Kentucky Underground Mine Foreman
  • Kentucky Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors,Authorized Ethics Instructor and Minimum Standards Instructor

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, pro hac vice, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1987
  • Supreme Court of Kentucky, 1987
  • Kentucky, 1987

Education

  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 1987
    • Law Journal: Journal of Mineral Law & Policy, Staff, 1986 - 1987
  • University of Kentucky College of Engineering
    • Bachelor of Science - 1977
    • Honors: Member, Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honorary
    • Major: Civil Engineering with the Mining Option
  • St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology
    • Master of Arts (Pastoral Theology) - May, 2016
  • St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology
    • Permanent Deacon Formation Program - June, 2012

Published Works

  • Co-Author, Responsible Mining, Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, 2015
  • Co-author, The Kentucky Environmental Law Handbook, Government Institutes, 1991, 1993
  • Contributor, The Coal Mining Reference Book, 2012

Classes/Seminars

  • Frequent Speaker, Mining Industry Conventions
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Kentucky College of Engineering
  • Guest Lecturer, Chase Law School of Northern Kentucky
  • Instructor, Ethics and Minimum Technical Standards, National Society of Professional Engineers
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Kentucky College of Law
  • Co-Author - Legal Issues in the Mineral Industry, Society of Mining Engineers – CAS
  • Co-Author - Kentucky Land Law for Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors, HalfMoon, LLC
  • The Miner Act and Kentucky’s New Mining Regulations—Keeping Out of Trouble and Contesting Penalties, Kentucky Coal Association, Coal Operators and Associates, Western Kentucky Coal Association
  • Legal Issues Affecting the Coal Mining Industry, West Virginia Coal Mining Institute and Central Appalachian Section of SME
  • Compliance with the Mine Act and MINER Act Implementation—Where are We Now?, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Winter Workshop
  • Mine Safety Law and Regulation Changes, Fall Seminar, Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers , 2010 - 2011
  • Panelist , 2013 Central Appalachian Regional Work Safety & Health Symposium: An Interdisciplinary Update on Miner Health and Safety
  • Co-Author - Mine Safety and Health in the United States: Expansion of MSHA Authority over Mining Operations through Inspection and Investigation, 60 Rocky Mt. Min. L. Inst. 15-1
  • Co-Author - Responsible Mining, Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration
  • Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Law, 2nd Annual Symposium, “Energy & the Environment: The Interplay of Regulations and Natural Resources Law and Policy-Mine Safety and Health—An Industry Perspective”
  • MSHA Illness and Injury Reporting/Health Monitoring Requirements, 13th Annual Institute, Eastern Mineral Law Foundation
  • Complying with OSHA, The Kentucky Manufacturer
  • Liability for Contract Miners: Whose Responsibility is it?, The Coal Journal
  • MSHA Partnership Agreements: A New Approach Toward Enforcement, 18th Annual Institute, Eastern Mineral Law Foundation
  • Coal Mining Reference Guide, Co-Author, Kentucky Coal Association - 1997, 2012
  • The Berwind Decision, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
  • Black Mountain: An Overview of Lands Unsuitable, Society of Mining Engineers-AIME
  • Can MSHA’s Joint and Several Liability for Mine Operators Violations be Sustained?, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
  • MSHA Litigation Update-2002,2003,2004, 2005, 2006, 2010-2014 Professional Engineers in Mining Seminar, Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers
  • Crisis Management and Emergency Response, Society of Mining Engineers-AIME
  • Liability for Incorrect Mine Maps, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
  • Compliance After Sago, Society of Mining Engineers – CAS
  • MSHA Compliance, Alabama Coal Association
  • Mine Safety Update, Conference of Government Mining Attorneys - 2006, 2007
  • Legal Issues in the Mineral Industry, Co-Author, Society of Mining Engineers – CAS
  • Kentucky Land Law for Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors, Co-Author, HalfMoon, LLC
  • The Miner Act and Kentucky’s New Mining Regulations—Keeping Out of Trouble and Contesting Penalties, Kentucky Coal Association, Coal Operators and Associates, Western Kentucky Coal Association
  • Legal Issues Affecting the Coal Mining Industry, West Virginia Coal Mining Institute and Central Appalachian Section of SME
  • Compliance with the Mine Act and MINER Act Implementation—Where are We Now?, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Winter Workshop
  • Mine Safety Law and Regulation Changes, Fall Seminar, Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers - 2010, 2011
  • 2013 Central Appalachian Regional Work Safety & Health Symposium: An Interdisciplinary Update on Miner Health and Safety, Panelist
  • Mine Safety and Health in the United States: Expansion of MSHA Authority over Mining Operations through Inspection and Investigation, Co-Author, 60 Rocky Mt. Min. L. Inst. 15-1
  • Responsible Mining, Co-Author, Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration
  • Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Law 2nd Annual Symposium, “Energy & the Environment: The Interplay of Regulations and Natural Resources Law and Policy-Mine Safety and Health—An Industry Perspective”
  • Standards of Practice for Professional Land Surveyors- Kentucky Board of Licensure Approved
  • Ethical Considerations, Contracts & Tips on Expert Witness Testimony from the Legal Counsel Perspective – Kentucky Board of Licensure Approved
  • Ethical Considerations and Underground Mine Mapping for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors – Kentucky Board of Licensure Approved
  • Practical Advice for Design Professionals – Ethics, Litigation and Contracts – C2Ed On-Line Seminar Courses
  • NSPE Online Ethics Forums – National Society of Professional Engineers Webcast Seminars
  • Criminal Liability for Engineers under Kentucky’s Surface Mining Laws, 2 J. Min. L. & Pol’y 343, 1986 - 1987
  • Criminal Liability for Engineers under Federal and State Surface Mining Laws, 12th Annual Mineral Law Seminar, 1987
  • Compulsory Pooling Problems – Shallow and Deep Wells, 13th Annual Mineral Law Seminar, 1988
  • Liability for Engineers under Kentucky Law, 49th Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Mining Institute, 1988
  • Kentucky Environmental Law Handbook, Co-Author, Government Institutes, Inc., 1991
  • Practical Aspects of Environmental Litigation in Kentucky, Co-Author, National Business Institute, 1991

Honors and Awards

  • AV® Preeminent™rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Named in Best Lawyers®
  • Kentucky Superlawyers®
  • Kentucky Bar Association Lifetime Fellow
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Mining Engineering, University of Kentucky,2014
  • Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers, Achievement in Mining Award, 2008
  • Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers, President’s Award, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2005, 2006
  • National Republican Congressional Committee, Business Man of the Year, 2005
  • National Republican Congressional Committee, Congressional Medal of Distinction, 2006
  • Honorary Order of Kentucky Colonels
  • Lawyer of the year, 2015
  • Rated by Super Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year—Energy Law---Lexington, Ky, 2014, 2015, 2017
  • Kentucky Association of Professional Surveyors, Honorary Membership Award, 2011
  • National Republican Congressional Committee, Business Advisory Council, Honorary Chairman for Kentucky, 2005

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Professional Engineers in Mining Practice Group, KSPE, Former Chair
  • Kentucky Geological Survey Advisory Board, Member
  • Jessamine County (Kentucky) Joint Planning Commission, Former Member
  • Kentucky Appalachian Advisory Council, Justice Committee, Co-Chair
  • Honorary Order of Kentucky Colonels
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Lifetime Fellow
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Kentucky Appalachian Task Force
  • Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers, P.E. Mining Chair, Board of Directors, KSPE/ACEC Professional Development Committee, Constitution & Bylaws Committee
  • Kentucky Association of Professional Surveyors
  • Kentucky Engineering Foundation, Director, former Secretary and Treasurer
  • Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, Trustee, Executive Committee
  • Society of Mining Engineers of A.I.M.E.
  • Central Appalachian Section of SME
  • UK Mining Engineering Foundation
  • UK National and Engineering Alumni Association
  • Kentucky Mining Institute
  • Kentucky Coal Association, Health and Safety Committee, Board of Directors
  • Coal Operator’s and Associates
  • Indiana Coal Council
  • Leadership Kentucky
  • Leadership Bluegrass
  • Honorary Kentucky Coal Baron
  • Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem Legion of Mary, Spiritual Director
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Canon Law Society of America
  • Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology , Lay Advisory Board
  • Catholic Diocese of Lexington, Director for Permanent Diaconate Formation (2020 Class)
  • Catholic Diocese of Lexington, Seminary Admissions Committee
  • National Diocesan Attorneys Association
  • Outstanding Young Men of America Initiate
  • Pioneer Holdings, Inc., Board of Directors, 2016 - Present
  • Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission
  • Kentucky Mine Safety Review Commission

Past Employment Positions

  • Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP, Partner
  • U.S. Steel Mining Company, Inc.

Pro Bono Activities

  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington, Diocesan Attorney, 2015 - Present
  • Diocesan Tribunal, Defender of the Bond, Lifetime Appointee, 1988 - Present
  • Diocesan Financial Council, Member
  • Diocesan Financial Council, Governance Committee, Former Chair
  • Legatus, Emeritus Member
  • Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, Knight of the Equestrian Order
  • Thy Kingdom Come Network, Counsel
  • Diocesan Benedictus Bookstore, Finance Council, Member
  • St. Luke Parish Deacon, 2012 - Present

Languages

  • English

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Chi Epsilon
  • Phi Theta Kappa