Friday, January 29, 2010

Philadelphia Labor Law Firm Willig, Williams & Davidson Announces Three New Partners

Congrats to our client, Philadelphia union-side labor law firm Willig, Williams & Davidson. They recently added three new partners, all of whom have contributed significantly to the firm’s efforts on behalf of its clients. The newly named partners are real estate practitioner Kristine A. Phillips, labor and employment lawyer John R. Bielski and wills and estates attorney Sharon L. Steingard.

“We are delighted to add Kristine, John and Sharon to our partnership roster,” said Managing Partner Deborah R. Willig. “These skilled practitioners have tirelessly dedicated themselves to their clients and to furthering the firm’s mission of helping unions, individual working people and their families navigate the complex and often challenging legal system. We look forward to their continued and outstanding contributions to our law firm and the community.”

A partner in the Legal Services Department, Kristine A. Phillips concentrates her practice in residential and commercial real estate, counseling and representing clients in matters including sales, acquisitions, zoning, taxation and landlord-tenant disputes, among others. She assists individuals with legal needs relating to consumer and traffic matters. Phillips joined Willig, Williams & Davidson in 2002. In addition to maintaining her busy practice, she serves as an arbitrator for the Philadelphia Arbitration Center and a volunteer attorney with the Philadelphia Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program. She is a 1998 graduate of Rutgers School of Law – Camden.

John R. Bielski, who joined the firm in 2003, has handled a wide range of matters arising under the laws and regulations governing collective bargaining, union representation, wage and hour issues and employment discrimination. He appears on behalf of clients in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, Philadelphia Civil Service Commission, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, among others. Philadelphia Magazine included Bielski as a Pennsylvania Rising Star in the area of labor and employment law from 2004 through 2008. He graduated magna cum laude from Temple University School of Law in 2000.

Sharon L. Steingard has provided legal services to members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers since the 1979 inception of the Prepaid Legal Service Plan. She joined Willig, Williams & Davidson in 2004 and is a member of the Legal Services Department. Steingard concentrates her practice in all aspects of wills and estates, including estate planning, estate administration and the preparation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney and living wills. She represents clients in personal injury, consumer law and other civil litigation matters before Pennsylvania’s trial and appellate courts. A frequent lecturer and author, Steingard is an arbitrator for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. She earned her juris doctor from Villanova University School of Law in 1975.

About Willig, Williams & Davidson – 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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