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Robert S. Nichols
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Ivannia Dejoie


For more than 25 years, Robert "Bob" Nichols has represented employers in litigation, administrative investigations and inspections, and other actions concerning alleged occupational safety and health violations, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful discharge, and other concerns related to employment.

Bob frequently represents employers in matters pending with government agencies, including OSHA, state OSH agencies, the NLRB, EEOC, and a variety of other federal and state agencies.

He also provides day-to-day legal advice to employers with respect to occupational safety and health and all aspects of the employment relationship.

Bob has practiced labor and employment law exclusively for 25 years and has been board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for 20 years.

Representative Matters

Handled numerous OSHA cases including a variety of OSHA fatality investigations over more than 20 years.

Coordinated health and safety workplace audits working with safety engineers and consultants.

Defended employment-related lawsuits in federal and state court.

Represented employers in federal and state agency employment discrimination investigations.

Represented employers in union and nonunion arbitration cases involving various issues.

Negotiated and drafted executive compensation and severance agreements.

Handled unfair labor practice charges and other union issues.

Represented employers on a number of occasions in appeals to the Fifth Circuit and state appellate courts.

Advised employers with respect to employment policies, discipline, discharge, safety, health, wage, discrimination and retaliation matters.

Publications and Speeches

"Effects Bargaining: Understanding the Impact on the Sale of Businesses," Inside Counsel, October 27, 2014

"Attorney-Client Privilege in OSHA Compliance Self-Audits," Corporate Counsel, August 2014


J.D., Baylor University School of Law, 1987
B.A., with distinction, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas


Board Certified, Labor and Employment Law - Texas Board of Legal Specialization


State Bar of Texas


Thomson Reuters, Texas Super Lawyers, 2004, 2008-2012
Thomson Reuters, Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition, 2009
Lead Articles Editor, Baylor Law Review, 1986-1987