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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.

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.


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  1. Employment: 90%
    34 years
  2. Employee Benefits: 10%
    34 years


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Willig, Williams & Davidson

1845 Walnut Street
24th Floor
Philadelphia, PA, 19103-4708


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Labor and Employment LawBest Lawyers in America2013
Pennsylvania Super LawyersPhiladelphia Magazine2012
Rated AVMartindale Hubbell2012
Humanitarian AwardJewish Labor Committee2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerWillig, Williams & Davidson1987 - Present
AssociateWillig, Williams & Davidson1982 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Susainability WorkshopSchool Transition Committee2012 - Present
The Sustainability WorkshopGraduation Coach2011 - Present
American Friends of the Yitzak Rabin CenterPresident2007 - Present
AFL-CIOLawyers Coordinating Committee1982 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1982 - Present
Delaware River Port AuthorityBoard of Commissioners2004 - 2004
Development Corporationfor IsraelBoard of Directors & Executive Committee1998 - 2006
International Association of Employee Benefit PlansAttorneys' Committee1997 - 2000
Publication nameTitleDate
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 PlansOverview of the Family and Medical Leave Act:, (Authored by Stuart W. Davidson and Catherine Merino Reisman),1995
Publication PendingERISA Update, (Authored by Stuart W. Davidson and Louise F. Pongracz) International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans1993
International Foundation of Employee Benefit PlansEthics Laws: Impact on Fiduciary Decisions, Public Employee Benefit Plans (Authored by Stuart W. Davidson and Caren Litvin1993
The Multi Employer Perspective (Authored by Stuart W. Davidson and Louise F. Pongracz) Volume 34, International Foundation of Employee Benefit PlansAre State and Local Governments Jeopardizing Your Pension Plans, Employee Benefit Issues1992
The Multi Employer Perspective (Authored by Stuart W. Davidson and Caren Litvin) Volume 33Private and Public Sector Benefit Plans: Differences and Similarities, Employee Benefit Issues1991
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 Faculties1982
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolN/AJ.D., Cum Laude1982
Johns Hopkins UniversityN/AB.A., Phi Beta Kappa1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
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 ConferencePanelist, “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 PolicyLegal Environment (Pension and/or Health & Welfare) Presented semi-annually since 2003 to the present.2009
Mediation/Labor Relations Board ConferenceEthical Issues in Labor Arbitration and Fact Finding,”2008
Benefits Conference for Public EmployeesSpeaker1999
Annual ConferenceSpeaker1999
Advanced Trustees InstituteSpeaker1993
Advacned Trustees Institute, (Administrators institute, Joint SessionSpeaker1993
Benefits Conference for Public EmployeesSpeaker1992
Annual ConferenceSpeaker1992
Annual ConferenceSpeaker1991