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Labor Law - Union Representation


Joseph D. Richardson

Joseph D. Richardson is an associate in the Philadelphia office of Willig, Williams & Davidson and focuses his practice on labor law.

Before joining the firm, Joe spent seven years as a field attorney with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in San Francisco and Philadelphia. As an NLRB attorney, he investigated unfair labor practice charges and represented the Board in administrative hearings and injunction proceedings in U.S. District Court. He also represented his co-workers as an NLRB Union local president and served as a pro bono arbitrator for denials of service at homeless shelters in San Francisco. 

Joe graduated magna cum laude from American University’s Washington College of Law, where he was an Editor on the Administrative Law Review. He is a member of the Order of the Coif and a recipient of the Mussey Prize and the Wallace L. Duncan Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Field of Administrative Law. As a law student, Joe defended low-income tenants facing eviction proceedings in Washington D.C. Superior Court.  

Before attending law school, Joe served five years in the Marine Corps, where he learned Arabic and was selected for an elite Marine reconnaissance unit. He participated in the Iraq invasion in 2003 and deployed to Afghanistan as a civilian in 2004 and 2007.   


  • American University Washington College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2011
  • St. John’s College, B.A., 1999


  • Willig, Williams & Davidson, Associate, 2019-Present
  • National Labor Relations Board, Legal Intern, 2010; Field Attorney, 2011-2018
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Legal Intern, 2009
  • Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Consultant, 2006-2008
  • Radio Reconnaissance Technologies, Inc., Project Analyst, 2004-2006
  • United States Marine Corps, Signals Intelligence/Reconnaissance Marine, 1999-2004

Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania


  • Comment, "In Name Only: Employee Participation Programs and Delegated Managerial Authority After Crown Cork & Seal," 62 Admin. L. Rev. 871 (2010).

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