Willig, Williams & Davidson
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Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Attorney's Practice Areas

Labor Law - Union Representation


Election and Campaign Finance Law


John R. Bielski

Labor and employment practitioner John R. Bielski has handled a wide range of matters arising under the laws and regulations governing collective bargaining, union representation, wage and hour issues and employment discrimination. John appears on behalf of clients in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, Philadelphia Civil Service Commission, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, among others.

A selection of John’s notable achievements include successfully defending a firefighter at an arbitration hearing challenging his dismissal for comments made about his employer; securing sanctions against a school district which refused to abide by a labor arbitration award ordering an employee to return to work; successfully prosecuting a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act claim in federal bankruptcy court on behalf of hundreds of hospital employees whose employer had terminated their positions without providing the requisite 60 days’ notice; and litigating claims of veterans denied their rights under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).

As a Temple University School of Law student, John served as Temple Law Review’s Editor-in-Chief and graduated magna cum laude. He double-majored in English and philosophy as an undergraduate student at Pennsylvania State University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. Prior to entering law school, he earned a Masters degree in English from University of Virginia.

John has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters in the area of labor and employment law, published annually in Philadelphia magazine, since 2013 and a Rising Star from 2004 through 2008. 

Speaking Engagements

  • Workers’ Rights Are Civil Rights Conference, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, Philadelphia, PA, 2013


  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 2000
  • University of Virginia, M.A., 1992
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1987


  • Willig, Williams & Davidson, Associate, 2003-2009; Partner, 2010-Present
  • Duane Morris, Associate, 2001-2002
  • Hon. Eduardo C. Robreno, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Law Clerk, 2000-2001

Court Admissions

  • New Jersey Supreme Court, 2001
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 2001
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2003
  • United States District Court of New Jersey, 2003
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2009

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, 2001-Present
  • Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2009
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, 2001-Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2001-Present


  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2013-Present
  • Pennsylvania Rising Star Super Lawyer, Philadelphia Magazine, 2004-2008


  • "Minor League Players Sue MLB for Wage, Antitrust Violations," The Legal Intelligencer, 2015
  • “Determining Whether You Should Appeal or Not: The Possible Gains and Losses,” Appellate Practice and Procedure in Pennsylvania Courts, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2006 (with Alaine S. Williams, Esq.)
  • “Comment: Judicial Denial of Sovereignty for Alaskan Natives: An End to the Self-Determination Era,” Temple Law Review, Temple University School of Law, 2000

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