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Philadelphia Employee Benefits Lawyer Louise Pongracz of Willig, Williams & Davidson Presented at Pennsylvania Bar Institute Labor Symposium

March 24, 2011

Philadelphia employee benefits lawyer Louise F. “Wendy” Pongracz of Willig, Williams & Davidson, recently presented an overview of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) at the annual Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) Labor Law Symposium.
During the PBI program titled “Health Care Reform: Answers to the Questions You Were Afraid to Ask,” Pongracz addressed many of the key questions that business clients have been asking their attorneys regarding the PPACA. The presentation covered a number of areas, including the intent of the Act, the treatment of collectively bargained health care plans under the Act, the Act’s patient protection provisions, the grandfathering of existing plans under the Act, the advantages and disadvantages associated with grandfathering existing plans, the Act’s effective dates and the practical implications of those dates. Pongracz was joined by Stevens & Lee attorney Frank C. Sabatino of Philadelphia in presenting the program.
An experienced Pennsylvania employee benefits attorney, Pongracz is a partner in Willig, Williams & Davidson’s Employee Benefits Department. She possesses nearly 25 years of experience in labor and benefits matters, counseling and representing public and private-sector single and multi-employer funds in a comprehensive range of employee benefits issues. Pongracz is also a consistent lecturer and frequent author on topics ranging from benefits in labor negotiations to compliance with federal benefits laws and regulations, including ERISA, IRC, HIPPA and COBRA matters. The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans frequently calls upon Pongracz to speak on ERISA and health care compliance issues.
Pongracz previously served as a hearing officer for the Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission and prior to practicing law, worked with the non-profit organizations Common Cause and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. Pongracz is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. She is a member of the American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia bar associations.
Willig, Williams & Davidson is one of the largest and most respected labor and employment law firms in the United States. The firm’s accomplished and diverse legal team of Pennsylvania attorneys focuses on representing labor unions, employee benefit funds, individual working people and their families. Its attorneys work with clients to find practical and efficient solutions to the problems that they face in a variety of legal forums, including national, regional and local contract negotiations and dispute resolution through mediation, arbitration and court litigation. In August 2010, U.S. News & World Report named Willig, Williams & Davidson one of the top law firms practicing in both the Philadelphia and Harrisburg metropolitan areas.
Willig, Williams & Davidson ( is one of the largest and most respected union-side labor law firms in the United States. Founded in 1979, the firm focuses on representing labor unions, employee benefit funds, 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; advocacy for injured workers; and prepaid legal services for union members.
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