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Willig, Williams & Davidson of Philadelphia and Illinois Advocates of Chicago Partner on Union Representation and ERISA Matters

September 30, 2014

Philadelphia labor, employment and workers’ compensation law firm Willig, Williams & Davidson has entered into an Of Counsel partnership with Chicago-based firm, Illinois Advocates, LLC. According to the agreement, the two law firms jointly will represent certain union clients and their members.

“This strategic partnership presents an outstanding opportunity to expand our law firm’s reach into Chicago’s robust union environment while adding outstanding practitioners to the Willig, Williams & Davidson family,” said managing partner Deborah R. Willig.

Founding partner Stuart W. Davidson said, “We are proud to partner with Illinois Advocates, a firm that shares the same labor values and work ethic as our attorneys, and look forward to providing superior legal services to a wide array of union and benefit fund clients in the Chicago region.” 

Joseph Coli, managing partner of Illinois Advocates, is a third-generation Teamster who put himself through law school with the assistance of union educational benefits. “I know how important it is for unions and their members to work with empathetic and knowledgable legal counsel,” Coli said. “Our attorneys  have a deep understanding of the Illinois labor market, and we are excited to share the benefits of this exciting partnership with our clients.”

About Illinois Advocates, LLC. – Illinois Advocates ( is a full-service law firm in the heart of Chicago and represents clients throughout Illinois. The firm serves individuals, unions and their members, and small businesses, handling a wide variety of legal matters including legal services plans, family law, business matters, bankruptcy, criminal defense, real estate, immigration and wills and estates. Illinois Advocates places its focus on strong advocacy and ensures that clients are treated as partners. 

About Willig, Williams & Davidson – Willig, Williams & Davidson is one of the largest and most respected union-side labor law firms in the United States. The firm has offices in Philadelphia, Media, Jenkintown and Harrisburg, Pa., as well as Haddonfield, N.J. Founded in Philadelphia in 1979, Willig, Williams & Davidson focuses on representing labor unions, employee benefit funds and individual working people and their families on a variety of legal fronts, including national, regional and local contract negotiations; dispute resolution through mediation, arbitration and litigation; tax and benefit law compliance issues; discrimination and other employment matters; prepaid legal services for union members; and workers’ compensation matters.

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