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Howard E. Cole

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Howard Cole’s practice includes both traditional labor law and employment law and litigation. His ‎practice is limited to exclusive representation of employers in both the private and public ‎sectors, including gaming, health care, public agencies, construction companies, and dozens of ‎other industries.‎

Traditional Labor Law

In the area of traditional labor law, Howard has extensive experience ‎representing employers in union organizing efforts, developing union-free strategies, defending ‎companies in unfair labor practices before the National Labor Relations Board, negotiating ‎collective bargaining agreements on behalf of private and public sector employers, ‎representing employers during union strikes and picketing, and representing employers in ‎arbitration and mediation matters. ‎

Employment Litigation and Counseling

Howard also advises clients throughout the West on ‎day-to-day legal issues affecting the workplace, including employee discipline and ‎terminations, workforce reductions, discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, ‎confidential proprietary information and trade secrets disputes, substance abuse, ADA, ADEA, ‎OWBPA, Title VII and ADAAP issues, occupational safety and health, wage and hour, wrongful ‎termination, contract administration, strategic planning, benefit matters, employment ‎agreements, personnel policies, workplace privacy, executive employment contracts, ‎overseeing and conducting internal investigations involving employee misconduct, and other ‎human resources issues. He regularly defends employers in state and federal courts and ‎administrative agencies on disputes involving discrimination, harassment, wrongful ‎‎termination, trade secrets/unfair competition, and wage and hour law. He has also ‎defended clients in class and collective actions involving the FLSA and state wage/hour laws in ‎state and federal court. In addition, he has represented clients in workplace safety disputes before ‎NV-OSHA, Cal OSHA and Fed OSHA, and state OSHA review boards.‎


Howard provides extensive training and consulting with clients. He regularly strategizes ‎with management about ways to prevent expensive and time-consuming ‎litigation. He trains ‎clients’ executives, managers, and supervisors on employment law and ‎human resource issues ‎designed to reduce wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims.‎

More About Howard E. Cole


  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 1979
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1975

Bar Admissions

  • Nevada, 1993
  • California, 1980

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • California Supreme Court
  • Nevada Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California


  • Employment Law Alliance, Member
  • Clark County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member

Honors & Recognitions

  • Nathan Adelson Hospice, Brad Garett Humanitarian Award, 2023
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers, 2023
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2016 Labor Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” in Las Vegas, Labor and Employment Law, Labor Law and Employment Law Management, 2000-2024
  • Chambers USA, Labor & Employment, 2003-2012, 2016-2023
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2010 "Top 75," Employment, Labor, 2008-2021
  • Lawdragon, Leading Corporate Employment Lawyers of America, 2021
  • Vegas Inc., Top Lawyers, Labor and Employment, 2021, 2023
  • Benchmark Litigation, "Labor & Employment Star - West," 2018-2024
  • Human Resource Executive Magazine, Top 20 "Most Powerful Labor Lawyers" in the United States, 2016, 2017, 2019
  • Lawdragon, Most Powerful Corporate Employment Lawyers, 2019
  • Benchmark Litigation, "Local Litigation Star" in Nevada, 2016
  • Vegas Inc., Top Lawyers, Employment-Management, 2012
  • Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel, 2009
  • John P. Frank Pro Bono Awards Luncheon, Recognized for commitment, Pro bono service
  • Howard Cole Named to Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers Guide
  • Howard Cole Named One of the Top 20 "Most Powerful Labor Lawyers" in the United States



  • Presenter, "Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law 2017," Association of Corporate Counsel - April Luncheon, Association of Corporate Counsel Nevada Chapter, April 26, 2017
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