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Labor & Employment - Texas
"He has outstanding experience, is always very helpful and gives good, pragmatic advice for tricky issues."
This content is provided by Thomas H Wilson
After more than 35 years of experience in employment, labor and safety law, what Tom Wilson has learned is that clients want a lawyer who can handle any problem they may have in their workplaces. As indicated by his experience described below, you will have a hard time stumping Tom with an issue on which he has not already addressed in his practice. For example, when the COVID-19 pandemic struck and companies wanted to furlough employees, Tom knew how to do that from his experience with seasonal employment trends in manufacturing related to the construction industry. This broad and deep experience in his practice area is why he is sought after by clients around the world for insight on their U.S. operations and direction on matters related to managing a global workforce.
Tom is sought after by businesses when they have questions about the social element of environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters. He is a member of the V&E ESG Taskforce, and provides counsel on human rights matters, including diversity, equity and inclusion considerations, related to operations, projects, and supply chains, as well as working with other members of the V&E ESG Taskforce to create end-to-end solutions for clients navigating their social risks and opportunities. Tom also advises employers regarding union relations and assists them with collective bargaining negotiations, responding to charges of unfair labor practices, and arbitrating union grievances. He has assisted clients in supply chain due diligence and advised them on how to eradicate forced labor when discovered. He has also worked with clients to establish good relations with indigenous people impacted by international projects. Many of Tom’s clients have worked with him for decades and, as one reviewer told Chambers USA, they appreciate the “innovative and creative ways” he approaches problems and his “great judgment and instincts” (2019).
Tom advocated for and was the first chair of the Texas Bar’s International Human Rights Committee. He has also served as the chair of the International Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and as the Communications Director of the Human Rights Law Committee of the International Bar Association.
Immediate past Chair - State Bar of Texas International Law Section, Founder of Texas Bar’s International Human Rights Committee; International Bar Association Human Rights Committee, officer; Practical Law Company’s Advisory Board; Media Law Resource Center, Immediate Employment Committee Co-chair; Author American Bar Association International Labor Law Treatise Chapters on Norway and Nigeria; Co-Chair, V&E Disaster Response Team.
“Best Practices for Transferring U.S. Employees Overseas,” Practical Law The Journal, February 12, 2010 (author)
“Expert Q&A: Executive Actions Affecting Federal Contractors,” Practical Law, May 20, 2014 (co-author)
“Modern Slavery Act 2015 – The Impact on Multinational Businesses,” PLC Magazine, April 2016 (co-author)
“International Human Rights and Ethical Obligations For Texas Lawyers,” Texas Bar Journal, July 2017 (author)
“ESG Matters – Texas-size Challenges in Managing Supply Chains,” Texas Bar Journal, December 2019 (co-author)
A chapter on Norwegian labor and employment law for the ABA’s International Labor Law Treatise (co-author)
A chapter on Nigerian labor and employment law for the ABA’s International Labor Law Treatise (co-author)
Drake University, BA, 1982; University of Tennessee, JD, 1985.