Harold P. Coxson


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.

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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.

Education and Honors


J.D., American University Law School, 1972
B.A., Franklin & Marshall College, 1969

Honors and Awards: 
  • Law Review Managing Editor
  • AV "Preeminent" Peer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Lawyers Directory
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Super Lawyers of Washington
  • International Who's Who Legal: Labour and Employment (2014)

Professional Activities

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

In The News

Media Quotes:
  • January 2, 2015 - Law360 - "Labor and Employment Legislation, Regulation To Watch In 2015"
  • January 1, 2014 - Law360 - "Employment Regulation And Legislation To Watch In 2014"
  • August 22, 2013 - Law360 - "NLRB GC Invalidity Ruling to Trigger New Wave of Challenges"
  • June 1, 2013 - Corporate Counsel - "Wobbly Agency Staggers Sideways"
  • April 22, 2013 - Human Resource Executive - "Playing Political Chess with the NLRB"
  • April 9, 2013 - CCH Employment Law Daily - "NLRB News - Obama Announces Intent to Nominate Three Members to Board, Industry Reacts"
  • March 8, 2013 - SHRM.org - "No WARN Act Exemption for Sequestration, Experts Say"
  • February 8, 2013 - Law360 - "NLRB Appointee Ruling May Close Book On Grad Asst. Unions"
  • November 2011 - Inside Counsel - "NLRB Delivers Three More Union-Friendly Decisions"
  • October 28, 2011 - Inside Counsel - "Tables Turned"
  • September 5, 2011 - ModernHealthcare.com - "Power Boost for Labor"
  • August 26, 2011 - Law360 - "Congress May Cripple NLRB Post-Liebman, Becker"
  • August 25, 2011 - Inside Counsel - "Handbook Hardball"
  • August 2011 - Inside Counsel - "Pro-Union NLRB Alarms Employers"
  • January 13, 2011 - Human Resources Executive Online - "NLRB Offers Controversial Ruling"
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