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Alaine S. Williams

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An authority on public employee labor law, Alaine S. Williams has been a partner with Willig, Williams & Davidson since 1986. Alaine focuses her practice on labor and employment law, representing public sector labor unions and protecting the rights of workers.

Alaine’s efforts have included drafting and defending Pennsylvania legislation on behalf of public sector labor unions to require all nonmembers in a bargaining unit to pay fair share fees for benefits negotiated on their behalf, thereby enhancing the economic and political power of public sector unions in Pennsylvania. The legislation ultimately resulted in increased wages, benefits and job security for countless employees throughout the commonwealth.

Alaine successfully represented 150 disabled state employees who faced termination from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, enjoining the furlough sought by the Commonwealth and saving the employees’ jobs. Other notable achievements include expanding the value and worth of interest arbitration awards for correction officers and court employees in Pennsylvania; filing numerous lawsuits to secure payment for public employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act when legislative bodies have failed to enact budgets, and representing 1,000 University of Pennsylvania graduate students who chose to unionize following the historic National Labor Relations Board decision, issued in 2000, involving graduate students at New York University.

In addition to serving as an advocate for Pennsylvania workers and unions, Alaine is a frequent lecturer and has authored articles addressing employee rights, constitutional matters and race and gender discrimination. She is a former Assistant Director of the Florida Commission on Human Relations, where she administered an anti-discrimination program for the State of Florida. Alaine also lived in Kabul, Afghanistan, where she taught a course on the American legal system to Afghan judges and lawyers.

Alaine has been consistently selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Employment and Labor Law since 1999, and has been named the 2018 Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" in Labor Law - Union in the Philadelphia metro area. Since 2004, Alaine has also been consistently named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters, published annually in Philadelphia magazine. American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™ selected her as a "2013 Top Rated Lawyer.

Alaine 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.

Prior to achieving her LL.M. at Columbia University, Alaine received her J.D. from Florida State University where she served as the editor of Law Review and received the Tubbs MD/JD Memorial Award for Commitment to Public Service.


  • Columbia University, LL.M., Cum Laude, 1980
  • Florida State University, J.D., Cum Laude, 1979
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, B.F.A., Cum Laude, 1971


  • Willig, Williams & Davidson, Associate, 1980-1985; Partner, 1986-Present
  • Florida Constitution Revision Commission, Law Clerk, 1977-1978
  • U.S. Information Services, Kabul, Afghanistan, Teacher, 1974-1975
  • Florida Commission on Human Relations, Assistant Director, 1972-1974

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Florida, 1979
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1980
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1980
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey, 1981
  • United States District Court of New Jersey, 1981
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1981
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1992

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Commission on Loan Repayment and Forgiveness, 2001-2003
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee Board of Directors, 2000-2005
  • Chair, Philadelphia Bar Association Labor Law Committee, 1986
  • Current Member: American, Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia bar associations
  • Investigator, Pennsylvania Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Commission, 2003


  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyer, 2018
  • Fellow in Labor, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, 2016-present
  • Top Rated Lawyer, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™, 2013, 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2001-present
  • Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" for Labor Law, 2018
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2004-present


  • “Labor’s Response to Reproductive Hazards,” Johns Hopkins Associates in Environmental Health, 1984
  • “Alternatives to the Right to Strike for Public Employees: Do They Adequately Implement Florida’s Constitutional Right to Collectively Bargain,” Florida State University Law Review, 1979
  • “A Summary and Background Analysis of the Proposed 1978 Constitutional Revisions,” Florida State University Law Review, 1978

Speaking Engagements

  • Spearer: "Mandatory Fees After Janus", 39th FMCS Arbitration Symposium, May 2018
  • Speaker: "Post Janus Planning" International Brotherhood of Teamsters Public Services Conference, April 2018
  • Speaker: "The NLRB and Higher Education: Recent Developments", Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Labor Law Symposium, November 2016
  • Speaker: "Interest Arbitration" National Academy of Arbitrators Semi-Annual Meettng, September, 2016
  • Speaker: "Hot Topics in Public Service Labor Relations", AFL-CIO Lawyers Conference, May, 2016
  • Moderator: “Pregnancy Discrimination and Accommodations after the Supreme Court’s Ruling in Young v. UPS,” American Bar Association 9th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Philadelphia, PA, November 2015
  • Panelist: “Outsourcing Issues: Preventive and Proactive Measures, ”SEIU/AFSCME Lawyers Conference, Washington, DC, November, 2015
  • Speaker: “Update on Impact of Act 115 and the Separation of Powers Doctrine on County Bargaining,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2014
  • Speaker: “Municipal Bankruptcy and Distressed Municipalities,” AFSCME Lawyers Conference, Washington, DC, October 2013
  • Speaker: “Negotiation and Lame Duck Legislative Bodies,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2012.
  • Moderator:  “Challenges to Legislation Repealing Collective Bargaining in Wisconsin and Ohio,” AFL-CIO Lawyers Conference, 2011
  • Panelist: “Appeals from Act 195 Interest and Grievance Arbitration Awards in the Public Sector,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2010
  • Panelist: “Hot issues in Public Sector Labor Law,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2006, 2008
  • Panelist and Course Planner: “Appellate Practice and Procedure in Pennsylvania Courts: Determining Whether You Should Appeal or Not,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2004 and 2006
  • Speaker: “Graduate Student Organizing after Brown,” American Bar Association Developing Labor Law, 2005
  • Speaker: “Free Speech and Associational Rights,” American Bar Association, Annual Convention, 2004
  • Panelist: “Bargaining Under Act 47 (Municipalities Financial Recovery Act)” Pennsylvania Bar Institute 2004
  • Panelist: “Beyond Collective Bargaining: Statutory Rights and Remedies for State  and Local Government Employees,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2002
  • Panelist: “Appeals From Interest and Grievance Arbitration Awards in the Public Sector,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2000
  • Speaker: “Interest Arbitration Presentations,” AFL-CIO Lawyers Conference 2000
  • Speaker: “Union Security Issues Post Hudson v. Chicago Teachers Union,” UFCW Lawyers Conference, 2000
  • Speaker: “The Finality of Grievance Arbitration Awards in Pennsylvania,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 1998
  • Speaker: “Privatization of Public Schools,” AFT Lawyers Conference, 1996
  • Speaker: “Appeals of Grievance Arbitration Awards under Act 195 and Act 111; The Lack of Finality Threatens Twenty Years of Jurisprudence,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 1995
  • Speaker: “Union Security Clause and First Amendment Protections,” American Bar Association Annual Convention, 1993
  • Speaker: “Repetitive Strain Injuries,” Philadelphia Project on Occupational Safety and Health, 1993
  • Speaker: “Civil Rights Litigation Under 42 USC §1983,” AFL-CIO Lawyers Conference, 1992
  • Speaker: “Interest and Grievance Arbitration,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute 1988
  • Speaker: “Fair Share Fee law in Pennsylvania,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 1988
  • Speaker:  “Reproductive Hazards in the Workplace,” Philadelphia Project on Occupational Safety and Health; 1987
  • Speaker: “Handling of Alleged Patient and Inmate Abuse Cases,” AFL-CIO Lawyers Conference, 1984

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