Nancy B. G. Lassen

Nancy B. G. Lassen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

Willig, Williams & Davidson
 | 1845 Walnut Street, 24th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-656-3638
Fax: 215-561-5135
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2006, 2008 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee
    Attorney Profile

    Nan Lassen is an executive partner in the Philadelphia office of Willig, Williams & Davidson, with whom she has been associated since 1984. Nan's practice is focused exclusively on union-side labor law and employee representation.

    Nan comes from a family with strong ties to labor: her father (a disabled veteran) was a Teamster, her mother was a UAW member, and her grandfather was a Steelworker. She has been a tireless and courageous advocate for working men and women for decades.  Working in industry since age 15, Nan developed a deep commitment to unions, and especially to worker safety and health.  On the front line advocating for workers long before she went to law school, Nan is a respected member of the labor law community as well as a professor of labor law.

    After more than thirty years of practice as a union-side labor law attorney, Nan has a reputation as a tireless and tenacious advocate for labor organizations and workers in every sector of the workforce, including public employees (uniformed and non-uniformed), federal employees, private sector and industrial workers, transportation workers, and the building trades. Her extensive experience includes representing clients in collective bargaining, state and federal trial and appellate litigation, state and federal administrative agency proceedings, grievance and interest arbitrations, internal union proceedings and occupational health and safety disputes. Nan is also a sought-after speaker, educating union leaders and law students, workers and attorneys in matters such as employment discrimination, family and medical leave, occupational safety and health, effective advocacy and representation skills, fair labor standards and the rights and responsibilities of labor unions and union members.

    Prior to joining the firm, Nan attended the University of Michigan, where she was inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She graduated from Northeastern University School of Law. After law school, Nan was a NIOSH Fellow and received a Master of Science in Occupational Physiology, Safety and Health from Harvard University. Nan also clerked for Chief Judge George Clifton Edwards, Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  In addition to practicing law, Nan has been an adjunct professor of labor law at the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University.  She has been honored as a Fellow of both the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the American Bar Association Foundation.

    About Nancy Lassen

    Admitted: 1985, Pennsylvania

    Professional Webpage: http://www.wwdlaw.com/attorney/5/nancy-b-g-lassen

    Honors/Awards:

    • The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers is the labor profession's premier organization, recognizing sustained excellence and professionalism in the practice of labor law.  Membership is by election only., Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, 2020
    • "The Fellows comprise a global honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities. Membership in the Fellows is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Fellows are recommended by their peers and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.", Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2012-present, 2012
    • Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha of Michigan, 1977-present
    • Who's Who in American Law, 1995-2019
    • Best Lawyers in America, 2014-2019
    • Fellow, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, 1982
    • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell (1996-2019)

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. CLEL is the premier organization for recognition of sustained excellence and professionalism in the practice of labor law.  Membership is by election only., 2020
    • Philadelphia Bar Association, Labor Committee Co-Chair, 1992
    • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, 1984 - Present
    • Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1984 - Present
    • Philadelphia Bar Association, 1984 - Present
    • American Bar Association, 1981 - Present

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Professor of Labor Law at Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University and Thomas S. Kline School of Law at Drexel University., Professor, Labor Law, Adjunct Professor, Drexel University School of Law, 2009-2017

    Representative Clients:

    • AFSCME, Communications Workers of America, Machinists Union, IAFF, Teamsters, Longshoremens' Union, IFPTE, United Food and Commercial Workers
    • AFSCME, Communications Workers of America, Machinists Union, IAFF, Teamsters, Longshoremens' Union, IFPTE, United Food and Commercial Workers

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Senior Law Clerk, Chief Judge George C. Edwards, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

    Educational Background:

    • University of Michigan, Residential College, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1978
    • Harvard University, M.S. (Occupational Physiology, Safety and Health), 1982
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    Office Location for Nancy B. G. Lassen

    1845 Walnut Street
    24th Floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

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