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About Bob

For more than 25 years, 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 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), state Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) agencies, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (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.


Recent Notable Matters

Various clients — handled numerous OSHA cases, including a variety of OSHA fatality investigations over more than 20 years

Various clients — coordinated health and safety workplace audits, working with safety engineers and consultants

Various clients — defended employment-related lawsuits in federal and state court

Employers — represented in federal and state agency employment discrimination investigations

Employers — represented in union and non-union arbitration cases, involving various issues

Various clients — negotiated and drafted executive compensation and severance agreements

Various clients — handled unfair labor practice charges and other union issues

Employers — represented on a number of occasions in appeals to the Fifth Circuit and state appellate courts

Employers — advised 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.



Baylor University School of Law,
University of Wisconsin-Madison,
Bachelor of Arts
with distinction

Bar Admissions



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


State Bar of Texas




November 5, 2015
Offshore (UK) - Online

OSHA vs. PHMSA: Tangled Web of Jurisdiction

July 20, 2015
North American Pipelines - Online

Munger Tolles Helps Buffett End 2013 With One More Deal

December 31, 2013
American Lawyer - Online

National Labor Relations Board Increases its Focus on Issues Impacting Nonunionized Employers

July 1, 2013
State Bar of Texas Corporate Counsel Section Newsletter

GE gets green light for Lufkin deal worth $3.3B

May 7, 2013
Houston Business Journal - Online

Deal of the Week: Lots of Energy

May 3, 2013
Texas Lawyer - Houston Bureau

Post Election Update

November 9, 2012



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