Irwin W. Aronson

Irwin W. Aronson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Harrisburg, PA

Willig, Williams & Davidson
 | 212 Locust Street, Suite 301
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone: 717-221-1000
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2006, 2014 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (40%),
  • Employee Benefits (20%),
  • Appellate (20%),
  • Legislative & Governmental Affairs (20%)
Attorney Profile

Irwin W. Aronson is the partner in residence of Willig, Williams & Davidson’s Harrisburg, Pa., office. A respected appellate advocate, Irwin concentrates his practice in labor and employment law, employee benefit matters, governmental affairs and legislative drafting and analysis. He possesses a broad range of experience in litigation and legislative matters ranging from fair labor standards and unemployment compensation, to housing and urban development, to elections and voting rights.

Among other notable verdicts and settlements, Irwin served as lead counsel for the prevailing party or prevailing intervenor in matters that: established the applicability of public labor and employment regulation to private construction projects partially supported by public funds; established that unions may participate as parties in prevailing wage enforcement cases; established a method of computing benefits for workers who sustain injuries after only a short period of employment; and secured railroad yard safety by prohibiting the replacement of workers with electronic signaling devices.

Irwin is a frequent lecturer and has authored numerous articles. He serves or has served as an instructor for Pennsylvania State University’s Department of Labor Studies and Industrial Relations, the Union Leadership Academy, Pennsylvania State University’s Capitol College (adjunct faculty member), the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, among others. Irwin is also a dedicated member of his community, serving on many boards and committees benefitting others and co-founding the Keystone Research Center, a Pennsylvania-based public policy research institute.

Aronson, a well recognized advocate of access to quality legal services for the poor, indigent, elderly, workers, veterans and children, has recently been designated, by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, as Chair of the Court's Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Board that evaluates and directs millions of dollars of annual funding to local and regional legal service programs and law school clinical programs that provide access to civil justice to those who would otherwise be denied a legal voice and assures hands on practical experience to law students in all of Pennsylvania's nine accredited Law Schools.

The recipient of several prestigious awards, Irwin received the Keystone Research Center’s highest honor, the Sol Hoffman Award for Outstanding Service to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in 2005. As a candidate for the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania in 2001, he was the only Democratic nominee to receive the Pennsylvania Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Commission’s coveted “Highly Recommended” rating. That same year, the Chester County Labor Council named him “Citizen of the Year.

About Irwin Aronson

Admitted: 1982, Pennsylvania

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Honors and Awards:

  • Sol Hoffman Award for Outstanding Service to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Keystone Research Center, 2005
  • Highly Recommended Rating as Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania Candidate, Pennsylvania Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Commission, 2001
  • Citizen of the Year, Chester County Labor Council, 2001
  • Best Lawyers in America, 1989-2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chair of the Pennsylvania IOLTA Board, by appointment of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania as of September 2015 and reappointed as of September 2016
  • United Jewish Community of Harrisburg Board of Directors, 1987 - 1991
  • Beth El Temple of Harrisburg Board of Directors, 1990 - 1995
  • State of Israel Bonds Labor Advisory Committee National Board, 1982 - 2005
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, 2001 - Present
  • Pennsylvania State University College of Liberal Arts Board of Advisors, 1999 - 2007
  • Pennsylvania Labor History Society, 2005 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1982 - Present
  • Jewish Community Center of Harrisburg, First Vice-President 1988 - 1991
  • Jewish Community Center of Harrisburg, Board of Directors, 1986 - 1991
  • Dauphin County Bar Association, 1982 - Present
  • Council of Large Public Housing Authorities Attorneys’ Working Group, 1987 - Present
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, 1982 - Present

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, Treasurer and current Chair Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Board, 2010

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • "Work Sharing and Unemployment Insurance", Keystone Research Center, 2009
  • "Overcoming Historical Amnesia: The Lessons of the Arts and Construction for Coping with Employment Stability" , Keystone Research Center, 1999

Educational Background:

  • Pennsylvania State University, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1972

Industry Groups

  • Administrative Agency Law
  • Election Law
  • Employee Benefit Funds
  • Labor Unions
  • Legislative Drafting And Analysis
  • Public And Higher Education
  • Public Housing Authorities
Office Location for Irwin W. Aronson

212 Locust Street
Suite 301
Harrisburg, PA 17101


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Last Updated: 3/13/2018

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