Harold P. Coxson

Shareholder Washington D.C.

Hal Coxson is a nationally recognized lawyer with over 35 years experience in all aspects of labor and employment law in Washington, DC. He is highly respected for his experience and expertise in government relations and as an advocate on behalf of business clients before Congress, the Executive Branch and independent federal regulatory agencies. He chairs the Firm’s Government Relations Practice Group and is a Principal in Ogletree Governmental Affairs, Inc., the Firm’s wholly-owned subsidiary.

Mr. Coxson concentrates on traditional labor law and international labor relations.  He has helped shape national labor policy through oral arguments and the filing of amicus curiae briefs on behalf of business clients in numerous landmark cases before the National Labor Relations Board and federal courts of appeals, including the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, he has represented the U.S. Employer community before the International Labor Organization, and has defended clients in global corporate campaigns.


In his government relations practice, Mr. Coxson represents individual corporations and national trade associations, as well as business coalitions which he has been responsible for organizing on a variety of the most important workplace issues over the past quarter century. He has testified on behalf of business clients and as an expert witness before federal administrative agencies and both Houses of Congress.

In addition, Hal has a close working relationship with many of the national trade associations in Washington. He is Executive Director of the First Tuesday Group, an informal organization of thirty-five national trade associations and professional organizations involved in workplace issues. He serves on the Boards and committees of many trade associations, including the Labor Relations Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where he co-chairs its International Perspectives Subcommittee.

Hal is a frequent speaker on labor and employment topics. He appears as a guest on radio and television talk shows and panels.  In addition, he has written several noteworthy publications on workplace law, including most recently “The National Labor Relations Board in the Obama Administration: What Changes to Expect” (U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 2009) which has become required reading in several law schools throughout the country. Currently, he is co-editor of “NLRB Insight,” published bi-monthly by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is on the Board of Trustees of HR Advisor.

Hal has had numerous speeches and debates before LERA, the Council on Labor Law Equality, US LERN, the Mercer Oil Forum, the Association of Corporate Counsel, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, Society for Human Resource Management, Edison Electric Institute, Associated General Contractors of America, American Bakers Association, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, North American Transportation Employee Relations Association, National Association of Waterfront Employers, Retail Industry Leaders Association, Food Marketing Institute, National Retail Federation, the Business Roundtable, WCI, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, and Indiana Chamber of Commerce, as well as at meetings/conferences sponsored by the American Bar Association, National Labor Relations Board, and the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service. He speaks frequently at Ogletree Deakins Annual Workplace Strategies Seminars, Not Your Father’s NLRB, and various Ogletree Deakins Office Seminars across the country.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section; International Law Section)


  • Not Your Father's NLRB - ''A One-Two Punch - Two Dramatic Regulations That Will Mark a Sea Change in Union Organizing'' - New Orleans - October, 2011

Our Insights

“Common Sense” Shows The Value of a Well-Written Dissent: Southern New England Telephone Company v. NLRB


President Obama Signs Trade Measures


In Fresenius, the NLRB Admits It Was Wrong . . . Sort Of!


“Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Guidance Explains Broad Labor Reporting Requirements for Federal Contractors


NLRB's New "Ambush Election" Rules Go Into Effect: Is Your Organization Ready?


What if the West Coast Ports Shut Down by Lockout or Strike? Is it Time to Invoke Taft-Hartley?


Congress Passes FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill: What it Means for Labor and Employment Agencies


Administration Publishes Fall 2014 Unified Regulatory Agenda


The 2014 Mid-Term Election Results and What They Mean for Labor and Employment Policy


Rare Insight Into NLRB GC’s Thinking on “Joint Employer” Standard


What Has the “Nuclear Option” Wrought?


Here We Go Again—Significant Threat of Automatic Debarment from Government Contracts Slipping in Under the Wire!


The New Bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act


House Subcommittee Critiques Aggressive Agenda at National Labor Relations Board


Some Surprises in DOL’s Just Issued Spring 2014 Regulatory Agenda


Recent Board Decisions Reflect Different Styles of Dissenting


Ogletree Deakins’ Founding Shareholder Homer Deakins Presents Testimony to NLRB on Historic Election Rule Proposal


Is an “Ambush” The Best Way for Unions to Win Representation Elections?


Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in the Noel Canning “Recess Appointments” Case


A Review of Labor and Employment Policy in 2013: What’s Next in 2014?


Senate Confirms Griffin to be National Labor Relations Board General Counsel


Secretary of Labor Perez Addresses 2013 AFL-CIO Quadrennial Convention And Lays Out Progressive Agenda


Happy Labor Day!


OSHA Finally Releases Proposed New Rule on Silica Exposure


Federal District Court First to Rule "Acting" General Counsel Lafe Solomon's Appointment Invalid


Senate Confirms New Five-Member NLRB: What Just Happened and What’s Next?


What Is a “Workers Center”? Just Another Name for a Union?


Non-Union Employees at Worksite Safety Inspections Contradicts OSHA Regulation and Creates Host of Issues for Employers


Obama’s NLRB Package of Nominees Unlikely to be Confirmed


Board Majority Holds Perpetual Wage Increases Post-Contract Expiration


Where the Action Is: State Labor and Employment Legislation


What is the Future of Workplace Legislation in the New 113th Congress? Part Two: Private Sector Multi-Employer Pension Plans


What is the Future of Workplace Legislation in the New 113th Congress? Part One: Immigration Reform


The Outcome of the 2012 Elections and What it Means for Employers


NLRB Loses Again . . . This Time Perhaps Temporarily


Are We Headed for the “Fiscal Cliff” of Sequestration?



Media Quotes

March, 2015 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Supreme Court Eliminates Notice-and-Comments for Some Agency Interpretations"
February, 2015 - JD Supra - "What if the West Coast Ports Shut Down by Lockout or Strike? Is it Time to Invoke Taft-Hartley?"
February, 2015 - Employment Law Daily - "What if the West Coast Ports Shut Down by Lockout or Strike? Is it Time to Invoke Taft-Hartley?"

Published Works