With millions of workers nationwide, the energy industry ranks among the largest employers in the United States. This vast and growing employment base generates many unique workplace challenges. To guide energy clients through the legal maze, Littler leverages significant experience and resources in responding to the most difficult labor and employment issues affecting the industry.

Our Clients

While each client is unique, Littler has a long history of working with the energy industry and its subsectors, making our attorneys well-positioned to counsel clients of all types, including those engaged in the following:

  • Oil and gas exploration and extraction
  • Energy services
  • Mining
  • Power generation
  • Transmission and transportation
  • Alternative energy (wind, biomass, solar, hydro, etc.)
  • Utilities
  • End-user development (specialty chemical, etc.)
  • Oil and gas equipment/service providers
  • Energy marketing

Our Services

Littler advises clients on complex employment and labor law matters stemming from changing market dynamics and heightened regulatory scrutiny. The rise in oil and gas production in the United States between 2009 and 2014 - and the subsequent drop in energy prices - has placed significant strain on energy companies and created a host of new uncertainties in managing their workforces.

Companies in the energy industry have seen a rise in litigation and other legal actions over employment decisions, including workforce reductions, wage and hour practices and workplace safety matters. Littler’s depth of experience in the energy sector allows us to serve as a trusted resource for our clients as they navigate this shifting landscape. We regularly advise and represent energy clients on a variety of matters, including:

  • Wage and hour
  • Class action litigation
  • Independent contractor and employee misclassification
  • Contingent employees
  • Employee relations
  • Discrimination, harassment and retaliation
  • Employment discrimination litigation
  • Workplace safety and OSHA
  • Union organizing
  • Union contract negotiation, administration and arbitration
  • NLRB
  • Immigration
  • Trade secret/noncompetition
  • Business restructuring
  • Whistleblowing
  • International labor and employment laws

Energy Contacts

Kelley Edwards

Office Managing Shareholder

Speaking Engagements

Lessons in Risky Pay Practices in the Energy Industry

Breakfast Briefing, Houston, TX

October 16, 2018 | Joshua B. Kirkpatrick