Tom is an accomplished labor and employment lawyer with almost 30 years of experience counseling clients on matters impacting their business processes and objectives. As head of Vinson & Elkins’ Employment, Labor and OSHA practice, Tom is sought after by clients outside the United States for advice on their U.S. operations, and by U.S. clients for his direction on matters related to managing a global workforce. His representative reach spans Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia, including China.
Tom advises employers regarding union relations and assists them with collective bargaining negotiations and liability issues arising from union sponsored multi-employer pension plans. He represents clients in a variety of industries dealing with heavily unionized businesses, specifically refineries, chemical plants, and port operations. Tom has represented clients before the United States Supreme court, as well as state and federal courts and agencies.