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Robert S. Nichols

Nichols, Robert S.


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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, the NLRB, EEOC, and a variety of other federal and state agencies.

Since 1989 Bob has represented employers in connection with OSHA inspections and OSHRC proceedings. Additionally, Bob regularly advises businesses concerning OSHA compliance issues and self-auditing.

Bob also has experience in assisting businesses with responding to major electronic data breaches and complying with data breach notification requirements in the 46 states with notification requirements as well as certain federal notification requirements applicable in certain instances.  Bob has guided energy companies, health care providers, insurance companies and other businesses in crafting the requisite notification letters and meeting other statutory and regulatory requirements related to data breaches.

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

Bob has practiced labor and employment law exclusively for 24 years and has been board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for 19 years.

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Representative Matters

Handled numerous OSHA cases including a variety of OSHA fatality and multiple fatality investigations over more than 25 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.


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 since 1993 - Texas Board of Legal Specialization


State Bar of Texas


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