Howard E. Cole

Howard E. Cole

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702.949.8379 fax
3993 Howard Hughes Parkway
Suite 600
Las Vegas, NV 89169

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, 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. Howard has also ‎defended clients in class and collective actions involving the FLSA and state wage/hour laws in ‎state and federal court. He has also 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.‎

Memberships & Affiliations

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

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Related Events

Past Events
Las Vegas: Association of Corporate Counsel - April Luncheon
Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law 2017


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



  • 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, 2000-2021
  • Chambers USA - Labor & Employment, 2003-2012, 2016-2020
  • Benchmark Litigation - "Labor & Employment Star - West", 2018, 2019
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers - 2010 "Top 75" - Employment, Labor, 2008-2020
  • 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 Lawyer - Employment-Management, 2012
  • Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel, 2009
  • John P. Frank Pro Bono Awards Luncheon - Recognized for commitment - Pro bono service

Other Info


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, for the Ninth Circuit
Supreme Court of California
Supreme Court of Nevada
U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada
U.S. District Court, Central District of California