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.
During Stuart’s legal career, he has been involved in representing a wide range of union workers, including musicians, longshoremen, machinists, steelworkers, firefighters, 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, OSHA matters, 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.
Resident in the firm’s Philadelphia office, Stuart 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. He served on that council for nearly a decade. Stuart has served as a commissioner of the Delaware River Port Authority and member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans’ Attorneys Committee. He is currently vice chair of the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners, an appointment made by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; and chairman of the board of the American Friends of the Yitzhak Rabin Center.
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 has received the Jewish Labor Committee’s Humanitarian Award.
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Labor and Employment Law||Best Lawyers in America||2013|
|Pennsylvania Super Lawyers||Philadelphia Magazine||2012|
|Rated AV||Martindale Hubbell||2012|
|Humanitarian Award||Jewish Labor Committee||2000|
|Partner||Willig, Williams & Davidson||1987 - Present|
|Associate||Willig, Williams & Davidson||1982 - 1986|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|The Susainability Workshop||School Transition Committee||2012 - Present|
|The Sustainability Workshop||Graduation Coach||2011 - Present|
|American Friends of the Yitzak Rabin Center||President||2007 - Present|
|Delaware River Port Authority||Board of Commissioners||2004 - 2004|
|Development Corporationfor Israel||Board of Directors & Executive Committee||1998 - 2006|
|International Association of Employee Benefit Plans||Attorneys' Committee||1997 - 2000|
|AFL-CIO||Lawyers Coordinating Committee||1982 - Present|
|American Bar Association||N/A||1982 - Present|
|Aspatore Book publication||•"Determining Employment Discrimination Case Merits under State and Federal Law" Inside the Minds: Representing Employees in Discrimination Cases (Authored by Stuart W. Davidson and Scott M. Pollins)||2012|
|International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans||Overview of the Family and Medical Leave Act:, (Authored by Stuart W. Davidson and Catherine Merino Reisman),||1995|
|Publication Pending||ERISA Update, (Authored by Stuart W. Davidson and Louise F. Pongracz) International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans||1993|
|International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans||Ethics Laws: Impact on Fiduciary Decisions, Public Employee Benefit Plans (Authored by Stuart W. Davidson and Caren Litvin||1993|
|The Multi Employer Perspective (Authored by Stuart W. Davidson and Louise F. Pongracz) Volume 34, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans||Are State and Local Governments Jeopardizing Your Pension Plans, Employee Benefit Issues||1992|
|The Multi Employer Perspective (Authored by Stuart W. Davidson and Caren Litvin) Volume 33||Private and Public Sector Benefit Plans: Differences and Similarities, Employee Benefit Issues||1991|
|Harvard Civil Rights, Civil Liberties Law Review, (Authored by Scott J. Davidson, Stuart W. Davidson and Judith Hall Howard) Volume 17, No. 2, 1982.||The Riffing of Brown: De-integrating Public School Faculties||1982|
|Harvard Law School||N/A||J.D., Cum Laude||1982|
|The John Hopkins University||N/A||B.A., Phi Beta Kappa||1977|
|39th Annual National Conference||•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"||2012|
|38th Annual National Conference||Panelist, “Collective Bargaining in the Brave New World: Exploring the Impact of Electronic Media on Negotiations, Protected Activity and Privacy in the Modern Workplace”||2011|
|•Faculty, Certificate of Achievement and Public Plan Policy||Legal Environment (Pension and/or Health & Welfare) Presented semi-annually since 2003 to the present.||2009|
|Mediation/Labor Relations Board Conference||Ethical Issues in Labor Arbitration and Fact Finding,”||2008|
|Benefits Conference for Public Employees||Speaker||1999|
|Advanced Trustees Institute||Speaker||1993|
|Advacned Trustees Institute, (Administrators institute, Joint Session||Speaker||1993|
|Benefits Conference for Public Employees||Speaker||1992|