Irwin W. Aronson

Top rated Employment & Labor attorney in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Willig, Williams & Davidson
Irwin W. Aronson
Willig, Williams & Davidson

Practice Areas: Employment & Labor, Appellate, Legislative & Governmental Affairs view more

Licensed in Pennsylvania since: 1982

Education: Pennsylvania State University The Dickinson School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2006, 2014 - 2024

Willig, Williams & Davidson

212 Locust Street
Suite 301
Harrisburg, PA 17101 Phone: 717-221-1000 Email: Irwin W. Aronson Visit website


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, election law, public housing and urban development, 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 insurance to workers compensation and wage payment and collection, 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. Additionally, Irwin has served as Counsel to major institutional Amici Curiae in multiple matters at the appellate level including cases overturning as unconstitutional a Pennsylvania Voter ID Law and forcing legislatively gerrymandered Congressional Districts to be redrawn pursuant to Order of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

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, was appointed, by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, to a three year term as a member of the Court's Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Board in 2012. In 2015 the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reappointed him to a second three year term on the IOLTA Board and designated him as Chair for the ensuing three consecutive years. The Pennsylvania IOLTA Board evaluates programs 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.

Practice areas

Employment & Labor: Employee, Appellate, Legislative & Governmental Affairs, Administrative Law, Employee Benefits, Real Estate: Business

First Admitted: 1982, Pennsylvania

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • AFL-CIO Union Lawyers Alliance, 1982 - Present
  • Dauphin County Bar Association, 1982 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1982 - Present
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, 2001 - Present
  • Chair of the Pennsylvania IOLTA Board, by appointment of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania as of September 2015; reappointed as Chair in September 2016 and again in September of 2017., 2015
  • Council of Large Public Housing Authorities Attorneys’ Working Group, 1987 - Present
  • Jewish Community Center of Harrisburg, First Vice-President 1988 - 1991
  • Pennsylvania State University College of Liberal Arts Board of Advisors, 1999 - 2007
  • United Jewish Community of Harrisburg Board of Directors, 1987 - 1991
  • Beth El Temple of Harrisburg Board of Directors, 1990 - 1995
  • Jewish Community Center of Harrisburg, Board of Directors, 1986 - 1991
  • Pennsylvania Labor History Society, 2005 - Present
  • State of Israel Bonds Labor Advisory Committee National Board, 1982 - 2005
Educational Background:
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.A., Labor Studies., 1972
  • Dickinson School of Law, JD, 1982
  • Citizen of the Year, Chester County Labor Council, 2001
  • Highly Recommended Rating as Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania Candidate, Pennsylvania Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Commission, 2001
  • Sol Hoffman Award for Outstanding Service to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Keystone Research Center, 2005
  • Best Lawyers in America, 1989-2019
Scholarly Lectures/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
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Member, Treasurer and Chair, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Board for a total of two consecutive terms from 2012-2018 inclusive., 2012
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


14 Years Super Lawyers
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