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Thomas H. Wilson

Thomas H. Wilson Partner, Labor & Employment

Tom Wilson has more than 30 years of experience counseling clients on labor and employment matters that impact their business processes and objectives. 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. In the U.S., Tom has represented clients before the United States Supreme Court, as well as state and federal courts and agencies. Globally, his representative reach spans Europe, Africa, South America and Asia.

Tom is sought after by businesses when they have questions about the social element of environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters. Tom also counsels 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.


Experience Highlights

  • Represented national sales company in suit against two sales representatives for breach of non-compete agreements 
  • Defended pipeline company against claim of fraud and retaliation under Sarbanes-Oxley 
  • Defended international oil company against discrimination and retaliation claims under Sarbanes-Oxley and Title VII
  • Conducted investigation for international organization and negotiated exit of chief executive
  • Represented a property management company with agreements and work visas related to the placement of employees in Russia to establish and operate a university campus
  • Assisted an oil and gas exploration and production company in the UAE with retention of UK-based executives to work in Dubai
  • Represented a technology and social networking company in negotiating agreements related to employment in Europe and the Middle East
  • Assisting a U.S. gas producer with union negotiations involving a new workforce in West Virginia
  • Assisted an oilfield services client in negotiations and strategy related to union relationships in Singapore
  • Advised an energy client in its initial negotiations with several unions resulting from the purchase of gas terminals in New York and New Jersey
  • Assisted an offshore oil and gas exploration and production client with relocating operations from Houston, Texas, to Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Representing a steel manufacturing client in multiple proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, arbitrations under collective bargaining agreements, and union negotiations

International Employment Issues

  • Represented a Belgian company sued in Texas state court by a Belgian employee alleging various contract and tort claims relating to stock options in the Belgian company’s U.S. parent; the Texas Supreme Court reversed lower court rulings that the case could proceed in Texas state court and dismissed the case for lack of personal jurisdiction
  • Advised an international oil company on employment matters involved in disposition of a refinery in Aruba
  • Advised  a U.S. communications company on employment matters in the establishment and reorganization of businesses in India, Austria, and France


  • A publicly traded offshore drilling company in all aspects of its executive compensation and employee benefit matters
  • Advised a large hospital system and other clients regarding the legal issues raised by potential corporate campaigns by unions
  • Represented a port warehouse and short-haul trucking company on union matters in ports in California, New Jersey, and Ohio 
  • Represented a large supermarket portfolio in litigation related to the unfunded liability of union sponsored, multi-employer pension plans claiming damages of $64 million
  • Defended a large international cruise line against claims of denial of access by disabled passengers in cases in state and federal court; obtained the dismissal of the class certification petition in state court and eventually won summary judgment for the client in the state court litigation; in federal court, obtained a grant of motion to dismiss; and on appeal, the Court of Appeals chose an alternative reason for granting the motion to dismiss, which was then appealed by the plaintiffs to the United States Supreme Court; the Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals, but effectively greatly limited the claims in the case to exclude any structural changes to the client’s ships

Emergency Response & Crisis Management

  • Represented a large petrochemical client on OSHA issues throughout the U.S. following catastrophic explosions at the client’s plants; currently handling litigation that contests OSHA citations, assisting client with compliance with a settlement agreement, and advising client concerning ongoing OSHA investigations
  • Recently tried several cases for a large meat packing company for OSHA citations, ranging from machine guarding to lockout requirements in Colorado, Minnesota, and California; obtained OSHA’s withdrawal of all citations before trial following a near fatal stabbing accident, obtained dismissal after trial of fall protection and personal protection equipment citations and citations concerning the availability of bathrooms

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Trican Well Service in its definitive agreement with Keane Group, a privately-held, U.S. based well completion services company, for the sale of Trican's United States pressure pumping fracking business
  • Sunoco in the $3.3 billion sale of a majority of its convenience stores to 7-Eleven
  • SemGroup Corporation in its $2.1 billion acquisition of Houston Fuel Oil Terminal Company, one of the largest oil terminals in the U.S., from Alinda Capital Partners
  • Energy XXI in its $2.3 billion acquisition of EPL Oil & Gas Inc., creating the largest publicly traded independent oil and gas producer on the Gulf of Mexico Shelf
  • Blackstone in the $2 billion acquisition of Eagle Claw Midstream Ventures from EnCap Flatrock Midstream
  • Pioneer Natural Resources in the $155 million sale of its Barnett Shale assets
  • Arc Logistics Partners and Lightfoot Capital Partners in the $422 million sale of the general partner of, and all of the outstanding common units in, Arc Logistics to Zenith Energy Management
  • Rockpile Energy Holdings, a portfolio company of White Deer Energy, in the $284.5 million sale of RockPile Energy Services to Keane Group
  • Representing Continental Airlines in the $3.2 billion all-stock merger with United Airlines, creating the world’s largest airline
  • Advised and negotiated on Labor and employment matters for Plains Pipeline Company in its purchase of pipeline assets in the U.S. and Canada
  • Advised Duke Energy on employment matters in purchase of Canadian company with assets in the U.S.


  • 代理一家物业管理公司办理相关协议和工作签证,令其得以将雇员派驻俄罗斯以建设并运营某所大学的校园
  • 协助位于阿拉伯联合酋长国的一家油气勘探和开发公司办理对来自英国的多名高管的聘雇,以使他们留在迪拜工作
  • 代理一家科技和社交网络公司就其在欧洲和中东人员雇佣的各项相关协议进行谈判
  • 协助一家美国天然气生产商就其在西弗吉尼亚州新雇的一支员工队伍进行工会谈判
  • 协助一家从事油田服务的客户就其与新加坡工会的关系进行谈判并制订策略
  • 为一家刚刚收购了纽约州和新泽西州若干天然气终端的能源客户就其与几家相关工会的初步谈判提供咨询
  • 协助一家从事海洋油气勘探和开发的客户将其业务从得克萨斯州休斯顿迁往丹麦哥本哈根
  • 协助一家钢铁制造厂商办理其在美国全国劳资关系委员会辖内进行的多项诉讼、集体薪资协议项下的若干仲裁、以及工会谈判


  • 代理一家比利时软件公司办理其在得克萨斯州法院受到的比利时雇员的起诉,该位雇员就其在该比利时公司的美国母公司所持有的股票期权提出了多项涉及合同和民事侵权的索赔主张;得克萨斯州最高法院撤销了低级法院关于允许该案在得克萨斯州进行诉讼的裁定,并以缺乏对人管辖权为由驳回了该案
  • 为一家国际石油公司就其在阿鲁巴撤资一家炼油厂的过程中所涉及的雇佣事项提供咨询
  • 为一家美国电信公司在其设立和重组位于印度、奥地利和法国的各项业务的过程中提供咨询


  • 为一家上市公司就高管薪酬和雇员福利事项的各个方面提供法律协助
  • 向一家大型医院系统和若干其他客户就可能由工会发起的企业运动而产生的法律事宜提供咨询
  • 为一家港口仓库和短途货运公司就其位于加利福尼亚州、新泽西州和俄亥俄州港口的工会事项提供代理
  • 代理一家大型超市集团进行诉讼,该诉讼涉及若干项工会赞助的、涉及多家雇主的退休金计划之未支付义务,其主张的损害赔偿金额高达6,400万美元
  • 在州法院和联邦法院为一家大型国际游轮公司提供诉讼辩护,该诉讼涉及关于拒绝若干名残疾乘客上船的索赔;在州法院,协助该家客户获得了对集体诉讼确认申请的驳回,并且在州法院诉讼中,最终为该家客户赢得了简易判决;在联邦法院,为该家客户获得了驳回动议的批准;在上诉阶段,上诉法院基于其他不同原因而批准了驳回动议,原告随后在此判定的基础上向美国最高法院提起上诉;虽然美国最高法院最终撤销了上诉法院的裁定,但也同时对本案里的各项诉讼请求进行了很大程度的限制,使得该家客户得以避免对其游船进行任何结构变更


  • 在一家大型石化客户的厂房发生灾难性爆炸后为其代理美国各地的职业安全与健康事宜,目前,正在为该客户办理与质疑职业安全与健康管理局引证有关的诉讼,并协助该家客户遵守和解协议、且就持续进行的职业安全与健康管理局调查而向该家客户提供咨询
  • 近期为一家大型肉类包装公司办理了关于职业安全与健康管理局引证的若干诉讼,这些诉讼涉及科罗拉多州、明尼苏达州和加利福尼亚州的机械防护要求、封闭工厂要求等事项;在发生几乎致命的刺伤事故以后,为该家客户在庭审前获得了职业安全与健康管理局对所有引证的撤销;为该家客户在庭审后获得了职业安全与健康管理局对坠落防护设备和个人防护设备之引证的撤销、以及对浴室可用性之引证的撤销


  • 代理美国大陆航空公司办理与美国联合航空公司之间的全股份兼并,从而产生了全世界最大的航空公司
  • 就美国Plains管道公司在收购美国和加拿大管道资产的过程中所涉及的劳工和雇佣事项为其提供咨询
  • 就美国杜克能源公司在收购一家拥有美国资产的加拿大公司的过程中所涉及的雇佣事项为其提供咨询

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Houston, TX 77002
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Tom's Practices

  • University of Tennessee, J.D. with high honors, 1985
  • Drake University, B.A. Journalism cum laude, 1982
  • Admitted to practice: Texas; United States Supreme Court; Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Western, and Southern Districts of Texas
  • Chambers USA, Labor and Employment (Texas), 2006–2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Labor and Employment law, 2003–2006, 2008–2020
  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2003–2004, 2006–2019
  • Who's Who Legal (Law Business Research Ltd.), Labor, Employment & Benefits, 2016
  • Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Labor and Employment Law
  • Chairman of the International Human Rights Committee of the International Section of the State Bar of Texas
  • Secretary of the Executive Council of the International Law Section for the State Bar of Texas
    • Co-chair of the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC) Employment Committee
    • Editorial Advisory Board Member for the Practical Law Company
    • Member: American Bar Association, Committees on International Labor and Employment Law and OSHA, Labor Relations Advisory Committee; American Health Lawyers Association; Interamerican Bar Association
    • Elected to the National Executive Board of the U.S. Branch of the International Society for Labor and Social Security Law, 2009