Willig, Williams & Davidson
1845 Walnut Street - 24th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Toll free: (800) 631-1233 / (215) 656-3600
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215-656-3640
sdavidson@wwdlaw.com



Attorney's Practice Areas

Labor Law - Union Representation

Employee Benefits

 

Stuart W. Davidson

Stuart W. Davidson has represented labor unions and employee benefit plans since graduating from Harvard Law school in 1982. Stuart began his legal career by successfully defending the pension rights of state employees in a case that was ultimately decided by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  Resident in the firm’s Philadelphia office, Stuart also counsels unions in the Chicago area through the firm’s Of Counsel relationship with Illinois Advocates, LLC.

During Stuart’s legal career, he has been involved in representing a wide range of union workers, including musicians, longshoremen, university faculty, firefighters, film and television casting directors, teamsters, police officers, food and commercial workers and NFL players. His work for both public and private-sector unions includes leading contract negotiations, presenting interest and grievance arbitrations, representing employee benefit funds and advising clients on internal union matters. Stuart has also played key roles in the development of new and progressive benefit structures with the pension and health and welfare plans he represents.

In addition to his work as chief counsel to large regional and local unions along the East and Gulf coasts, Stuart is a frequent lecturer, teacher and author on issues such as ERISA, fiduciary responsibilities, labor law, employment discrimination, drug and alcohol testing and other labor and employment concerns. He regularly speaks at programs sponsored by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, and has taught at the Pennsylvania State University Union Leadership Academy, the Pennsylvania State Occupational Safety and Health Institute, the Harvard Trade Union Program and Harvard Business School.

He is committed to community service. Johns Hopkins University elected him to its board of trustees in 1979. As a trustee, he helped generate private-sector support for the extraordinary work being performed by the University’s School of Hygiene and Public Health by aiding in the establishment of the Advisory Council for Occupational and Environmental Health, on which he served for nearly a decade.  Stuart is a Fellow of he College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and has served as a commissioner of the Delaware River Port Authority.  He has also served as Chair of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plan's Professionals Committee; Chair of the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners, an appointment made by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; and Chair of the American Friends of the Yitzhak Rabin Center. He now serves on the Board of Advisors for the Workshop Shool located in Philadelphia and "Our Generation Speaks", a fellowship program and incubator creating cohorts of young Israeli and Palestinian community leaders who cooperate across ethic and political lines to build shared prosperity within the region.

Stuart has been consistently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Labor and Employment Law (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.) since 1995. Since 2004, he has also been consistently named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters, published annually in Philadelphia magazine. Stuart hasalso  received the Jewish Labor Committee’s Humanitarian Award.

 

Stuart is AV® rated by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell® a registered certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Education

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., Cum Laude, 1982
  • The Johns Hopkins University, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1979

Experience

  • Willig, Williams & Davidson, Partner, 1987-Present
  • Willig, Williams & Davidson, Associate, 1982-1986

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1982
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1982
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 1984

Professional Affiliations

  • Board Of Advisors, Our Generation Speaks, 2017 - Present
  • Chair of the Professionals Committee of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, 2016 - Present
  • Board of Advisors, Workshop School, 2014-Present
  • Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, 2013
  • Chair, Board of Law Examiners, 2013
  • School Transition Committee, The Sustainability Workshop, Philadelphia, 2012-Present
  • Graduation Coach, The Sustainability Workshop, Philadelphia, 2011-Present
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, 1982-Present
  • American Bar Association, 1982-Present
  • American Friends of the Yitzhak Rabin Center, President, 2007-Present
  • Delaware River Port Authority Board of Commissioners, 2004
  • Development Corporation for Israel Board of Directors & Executive Committee, 1998-2006
  • International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Attorneys’ Committee, 1997-2000
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1982-Present
  • Pennsylvania Board of Bar Examiners, 2008-Present
  • Pennsylvania State University Labor Advisory Board, 1987-2004
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, 1982-Present
  • State of Israel Bonds Labor Advisory Board, Co-chairman, 1996-2006
  • The Johns Hopkins University, Advisory Council for Occupational and Environmental Health, Founding Board Member, 1979-1989
  • The Johns Hopkins University, Trustee, 1979-1984
  • Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, 1978

Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment Law, 1995-2018
  • Jewish Labor Committee Humanitarian Award, 2000
  • Martindale Hubbell, Rated AV
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2004-2017

Publications

  • "Determining Employment Discrimination Case Merits under State and Federal Law" Inside the Minds: Representing Employees in Discrimination Cases, Aspatore Books, 2012 (Co-Authored by Stuart W. Davidson)
  • “Union and Employee Access to Employer E-mail Systems Under Federal Labor Law,” The CyberUnion Handbook: Transforming Labor Through Computer Technology, 2002 (with Eric M. Fink, Esq.)
  • Overview of the Family and Medical Leave Act:, (Authored by Stuart W. Davidson and Catherine Merino Reisman), International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, 1995
  • ERISA Update, (Authored by Stuart W. Davidson and Louise F. Pongracz) International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, publication pending, 1993
  • Ethics Laws: Impact on Fiduciary Decisions, Public Employee Benefit Plans (Authored by Stuart W. Davidson and Caren Litvin), International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans., 1993
  • Are State and Local Governments Jeopardizing Your Pension Plans, Employee Benefit Issues - The Multi Employer Perspective (Authored by Stuart W. Davidson and Louise F. Pongracz) Volume 34, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, 1992
  • Private and Public Sector Benefit Plans: Differences and Similarities, Employee Benefit Issues - The Multi Employer Perspective (Authored by Stuart W. Davidson and Caren Litvin) Volume 33, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, 1991.
  • The Riffing of Brown: De-integrating Public School Faculties, Harvard Civil Rights, Civil Liberties Law Review, (Authored by Scott J. Davidson, Stuart W. Davidson and Judith Hall Howard) Volume 17, No. 2, 1982.

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, (Labor) 34th Annual FMCS Arbitration Symposium, Atlantic City, NJ, 2013
  • Panelist, "Collective Bargaining in the Brave New World: Exploring the Continuing Impact of Electronic Media on Negotiations, Protected Activity and Privacy in the Modern Workplace," 39th Annual National Conference, National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, New York, NY, 2012
  • Panelist, “Collective Bargaining in the Brave New World:  Exploring the Impact of Electronic Media on Negotiations, Protected Activity and Privacy in the Modern Workplace”, 38th Annual National Conference, National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, New York, NY, 2011
  • Annual Conference, International Foundation of Employe Benefit Plans, 2009
  • “Ethical Issues in Labor Arbitration and Fact Finding,” Mediation/Labor Relations Board Conference, PA Department of Labor & Industry, Harrisburg, Pa., 2008
  • Faculty, Certificate of Achievement and Public Plan Policy, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. Topic: Legal Environment (Pension and/or Health & Welfare) Presented semi-annually since 2003 to the present.
  • Benefits Conference for Public Employees, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, 1990
  • Annual Conference, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, 1990
  • Annual Conference, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, 1991
  • Benefits Conference for Public Employees, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, 1992
  • Annual Conference, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, 1992
  • Advanced Trustees Institute, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, 1993
  • Advanced Trustees Institute, (Administrators Institute, Joint Session International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans), 1993
  • Benefit Plan Professionals Institute, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, 1993
  • Fundamentals of Public Sector Benefits Management, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, 1994
  • Annual Conference, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, 1994
  • Fundamentals of Public Sector Benefits Management, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, 1995
  • Annual Conference, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, 1995
  • Essentials of Public Sector Benefits Management -International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, 1996
  • Annual Conference, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, 1996
  • Essentials of Public Sector Benefits Management -International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, 1997
  • Annual Conference, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, 1997
  • Benefits Conference for Public Employees, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, 1999
  • Annual Conference, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, 1999
  • Annual Conference, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, 2003
  • Annual Conference, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, 2006

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