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)


  • Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''Mr. Trump Goes to Washington: Labor and Employment Developments in the First Year of the Trump Administration'' - Boca Raton - November 09, 2017
  • 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

Published Works


Our Insights

A New Sheriff Takes Over at DOL’s Office of Labor-Management Standards

July 18, 2018

Weingarten Rights Only Apply When Requested—What Constitutes a Legally Sufficient Request?

June 22, 2018

What the Spring 2018 Regulatory Agenda Reveals About Future Labor and Employment Policy

May 10, 2018

2018 Omnibus Funding Bill Keeps Government Open, Minus the Critical Joint-Employer Rider

March 23, 2018

What the White House 2019 Budget Proposals Tell Us About Future Labor and Employment Policy Reforms

February 20, 2018

SCOTUS to Consider "Fair Share" Union Dues by Non-Members in the Public Sector

September 28, 2017

Emanuel’s Confirmation Launches a New Era at the NLRB

September 25, 2017

President Nominates Peter Robb as NLRB General Counsel

September 25, 2017

Defending Employers’ Access to Legal Advice: Comments Filed Supporting DOL’s Rescission of Controversial Persuader Rule

August 15, 2017

Asking ‘How Are Things Going?’ Violates the NLRA and Forces a Rerun Election

August 02, 2017

11 New Federal Court Appointees Named, Confirmations Critical for Labor and Employment Policy

July 14, 2017

Here We Go Again! DOL Proposes to Rescind the Permanently Enjoined “Persuader” Rule (and Perhaps Revise It)

June 28, 2017

Senate Confirms Alex Acosta for Secretary of Labor

April 27, 2017

Finally! Government Contractor Blacklisting EO and Implementing Regulations Bite the Dust . . Perhaps Forever!

March 27, 2017

Congress Boots the "Blacklisting" Regulation and Sends it to the President’s Desk

March 07, 2017

Blowin' in the Wind? The Evolution of a Balanced Analysis of Workplace Policies by the NLRB

March 01, 2017

Who Is Alexander Acosta, and Will He Be the New Labor Secretary?

February 16, 2017

President Trump Announces His Supreme Court Nominee: Neil M. Gorsuch

January 31, 2017

I Can See Clearly Now (Well, Almost): Congress Initiates Legislation to Abolish the Contractor Blacklisting Regulations

January 31, 2017

President Names Miscimarra as Acting Chair of the National Labor Relations Board

January 26, 2017

What Does U.S. Withdrawal From the Trans-Pacific Partnership Mean for Labor and Employment Policy?

January 25, 2017

Inauguration Day 2017: President Donald Trump

January 20, 2017

“Change” Comes to Washington—What to Expect

January 10, 2017

President-Elect Trump Announces the New Secretary of Labor

December 08, 2016

Labor and Employment: What We Know and What We Don't Know About the New Trump Administration

November 18, 2016

Federal Court Permanently Enjoins the Persuader Rule

November 16, 2016

The Results Are In: The Consequences of the 2016 Elections for Labor and Employment Policy

November 09, 2016

Open the Floodgates: NLRB Announces Misclassification of Independent Contractors Can, In Itself, Violate Section 8(a)(1)

September 22, 2016

Lubbock Judge Grants Motion to Halt Persuader Rule

June 27, 2016

Minnesota Court Finds Persuader Rule Has Substantial Likelihood of Being Overturned

June 22, 2016

NLRB General Counsel Orders Complaints in All Withdrawal-of-Recognition Cases

June 21, 2016

The New Persuader Activity Reporting Requirements—A Significant Development

June 13, 2016

NLRB Decision Threatens 75-Year-Old Precedent, Analyzes Employer’s Motive for Hiring Replacement Workers

June 06, 2016

Contractor Blacklisting for Defense Contractors? The HASC Says “Not So Fast”

April 29, 2016

What’s Next at the NLRB? Ask the General Counsel!

April 21, 2016

DOL Suspends Filing of Certain Parts of Required Form LM-21 Reports

April 15, 2016

The Final Persuader Rule: What You Need to Know About the New Reporting Requirements

March 24, 2016

A Quick Look at Merrick Garland's Labor and Employment Record

March 16, 2016

How Justice Scalia's Death Could Have Profound Reverberations for Employers

February 29, 2016

Follow the Money: The FY 2017 Budget

February 12, 2016

What’s Driving the 2016 Regulatory Agenda for Labor and Employment Regulations?

January 29, 2016

What Does 2016 Portend for Labor and Employment Law?

January 15, 2016

President Obama's Last State of the Union Address

January 13, 2016

Labor and Employment Highlights of the December 2016 Omnibus Spending Bill

January 11, 2016

Revised “Persuader” Reporting Requirements Are Back

December 28, 2015

Washington Snapshot: Leadership Contests and a Push to Break Legislative Limbo in the Nation’s Capital

December 01, 2015

New Regulatory Agenda Contains Surprises

November 30, 2015

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

NLRB Reissues “Ambush Election” Rules On Steroids

February 05, 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

Agreement Not to Filibuster Nominations for Secretary of Labor and NLRB Avoids “Nuclear Option” in the Senate, But Poses “Time Bomb” for Employers

July 17, 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

D.C. Circuit Holds Recess Appointments to NLRB Invalid

January 25, 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

Proposed Limits on Legal “Advice” During Union Organizing Campaigns—Are New Regulations Really on the Horizon?

August 15, 2012

Introducing the Ogletree Deakins Government Relations Blog

July 30, 2012

NLRB Votes To Change Representation Election Proceedings

December 16, 2011

NLRB Issues Key New York New York Decision

July 13, 2011

Reconstituted NLRB Moving Quickly To Enact Reform Agenda

February 07, 2011

Organized Labor's Focus Shifts From EFCA To The NLRB

August 18, 2010

Who Needs EFCA? - Expect Big Labor Law "Reforms" From the NLRB

October 29, 2009

After "Card Check" Expect an Explosion of Employment Law Legislation

June 16, 2009

Congress Faces Heavy-Hitting Legislation - The Winners and Losers

June 01, 2007


Media Quotes

April 18, 2018 - Law360 - "Client Push Gets More Firms Into The Labor Lobbying Game"
April 11, 2018 - Law360 - "Senate Confirms Morgan Lewis' Ring To Round Out NLRB"
February 22, 2018 - SHRM Online - "Supreme Court: Union Retiree Health Benefits Weren’t Vested for Life"