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 27, 2011

Our Insights

Labor Provisions of the Just-Released Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement

November 05, 2015

New Speaker, New Agenda—Old Problems?

October 30, 2015

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

July 22, 2015

President Obama Signs Trade Measures

July 17, 2015

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

July 01, 2015

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

May 28, 2015

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

April 14, 2015

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

February 10, 2015

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

December 13, 2014

Administration Publishes Fall 2014 Unified Regulatory Agenda

November 26, 2014

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

November 05, 2014

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

November 04, 2014

What Has the “Nuclear Option” Wrought?

September 30, 2014

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

July 25, 2014

The New Bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

July 12, 2014

House Subcommittee Critiques Aggressive Agenda at National Labor Relations Board

June 24, 2014

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

June 03, 2014

Recent Board Decisions Reflect Different Styles of Dissenting

May 13, 2014

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

April 13, 2014

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

February 06, 2014

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

January 13, 2014

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

December 31, 2013

Senate Confirms Griffin to be National Labor Relations Board General Counsel

October 30, 2013

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

September 12, 2013

Happy Labor Day!

August 28, 2013

OSHA Finally Releases Proposed New Rule on Silica Exposure

August 27, 2013

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

August 21, 2013

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

August 01, 2013

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

July 29, 2013

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

May 03, 2013

Obama’s NLRB Package of Nominees Unlikely to be Confirmed

April 10, 2013

Board Majority Holds Perpetual Wage Increases Post-Contract Expiration

December 31, 2012

Where the Action Is: State Labor and Employment Legislation

December 19, 2012

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

December 17, 2012

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

December 05, 2012

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

November 16, 2012

NLRB Loses Again . . . This Time Perhaps Temporarily

September 11, 2012

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

August 28, 2012


Media Quotes

March 09, 2015 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Supreme Court Eliminates Notice-and-Comments for Some Agency Interpretations"
February 12, 2015 - JD Supra - "What if the West Coast Ports Shut Down by Lockout or Strike? Is it Time to Invoke Taft-Hartley?"
February 12, 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