Richard G. Poulson has been representing labor unions since the inception of his career. His practice includes collective bargaining, interest and grievance arbitration and employment-related litigation. Rick specializes in advising and representing police, fire, paramedic and other uniformed employees regarding municipal affairs and public employment.
Richard is regulalry recognized by SuperLawyers and Best Lawyers as an outstanding attorney in his field. In 2015 he was recognized by Best Lawyers as 2015 Lawyer of the Year in Labor and Employment Law.
Hailing from a proud labor tradition – his father was a Philadelphia firefighter and his mother was a teacher – Rick’s labor advocacy helps unions improve the lives of working families in areas such as safe working conditions, occupational injury and illness and political action. Utilizing the collective bargaining process, including interest arbitration, Rick and his colleagues have secured groundbreaking safe-staffing, training and equipment protections for firefighters, paramedics and other public safety workers throughout Pennsylvania. Rick is also adept at directing multifaceted campaigns to obtain legal protections for workers who have become sick or injured at work. The campaigns, which involve negotiation, litigation, legislative initiatives and public relations efforts, have benefited a wide range of union members, from firefighters stricken with Hepatitis C or occupational cancers to private-sector workers facing the long-term effects of asbestos exposure.
In addition to his busy practice, Rick lectures and trains labor organizations and attorneys nationwide on utilizing state-of-the-art methods to secure improved safety and health protections for public safety workers. He has instructed at the AFL-CIO Lawyers’ Coordinating Committee Educational Seminar, American Arbitration Association Arbitrator Education Series, Pennsylvania State University Labor Education Program, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Union Leadership Academy and the Pennsylvania State University OSHA Institute, to name just a few organizations.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Lawyer of the Year - Labor and Employment||Best Lawyers in America||2015|
|Best Lawyer, Labor and Employment||Best Lawyers in America||2014|
|Best Lawyer, Labor and Employment||Best Lawyers in America||2013|
|Best Lawyer, Labor and Employment||Best Lawyers in America||2012|
|Super Lawyer Rising Star||SuperLawyers||2007|
|Super Lawyer Rising Star||SuperLawyers||2006|
|Super Lawyer Rising Star||SuperLawyers||2005|
|Partner||Willig, Williams & Davidson||1998 - Present|
|Attorney||Schwarzwald & Rock||1997 - 1998|
|Pittsburgh Post-Gazette||Attorney Richard Poulson Quoted Regarding Pittsburgh Police Union Contract Arbitration||2015|
|wwdlaw||PA Supreme Court Upholds $151 Million Wage-and-Hour Verdict Against Wal-Mart||2014|
|wwdlaw / NBC 10||Attorney Richard Poulson Interviewed on NBC10 About Police Layoffs In Franconia Township||2014|
|wwdlaw||Labor Attorney Richard Poulson Quoted on Protecting Act 111 for Police Officers and Firefighters||2014|
|wwdlaw||Obamacare and Act 111 - What's in Store for 2014?||2014|
|Pittsburgh Post-Gazette||Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Quotes Richard Poulson on Former Pittsburgh Police Chief's Loss of Pension||2013|
|Philadelphia Inquirer||City Won't Appeal Order to Pay into Firefighters' Fund||2013|
|CBS||As City Fights Firefighters’ Arbitration Award, Judge Orders Interim Health Fund Payments||2013|
|wwdlaw||Pennsylvania Courts Continue to Protect Post-Retirement Employee Benefits||2012|
|Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1997|
|LaSalle University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1992|