Ralph J. Teti

Top rated Employment & Labor attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Willig, Williams & Davidson
Ralph J. Teti
Willig, Williams & Davidson

Practice Areas: Employment & Labor, State, Local & Municipal

Licensed in Pennsylvania since: 1975

Education: Temple University Beasley School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2006, 2008 - 2024

Willig, Williams & Davidson

1845 Walnut Street
24th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103 Phone: 215-656-3620 Email: Ralph J. Teti Visit website


A former Chief Deputy City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia, Ralph J. Teti is a partner with Willig, Williams & Davidson. He focuses his practice on labor representation, including representation of clients in grievance and interest arbitrations, state and federal courts, and before numerous boards, agencies and commissions. Considered by his peers as a leading authority on federal and state election law and regulation, Ralph also serves as counsel for political candidates, political action committees and related organizations in matters such as campaign finance and election law enforcement.

Prior to joining Willig, Williams & Davidson, Ralph spent 16 years litigating for the City of Philadelphia, first as an assistant city solicitor and ultimately as chief deputy city solicitor. During that time he was responsible for all employment-related litigation involving the city, including all facets of discrimination, hiring and promotion and labor relations issues. As chief deputy city solicitor, he also served as general counsel to the city’s police department, election commission, civil service commission and pension and retirement board.

Since joining Willig, Williams & Davidson, Ralph has contributed his talents to litigation involving the state’s takeover of the Philadelphia School District; litigation instituted to prevent the school district from placing responsibility for its operation with a private provider; and litigation to prevent the closure of, or a reduction in staff at, the Free Library of Philadelphia. In 1997, he successfully litigated the applicability of the Pennsylvania Heart & Lung Act to police officers and firefighters in Philadelphia. In 2003, he handled litigation that resulted in the elimination of a Philadelphia Home Rule Charter section banning voluntary political contributions by firefighters, asserting that the section violated the firefighters’ First Amendment rights.

First Admitted: 1975, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: http://www.wwdlaw.com/attorney/6/ralph-j-teti

  • Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" for Labor Law, 2017
  • Philadelphia Bowl, City of Philadelphia, 1991
  • Spirit of Life Award, City of Hope National Medical Center, 2010
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2017
Educational Background:
  • La Salle University, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1970
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, 1976 - Present, City Policy Committee Chair, 1992
  • Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Hearing Committee, 1989 - 1994
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, 2015
  • Philadelphia Board of Pensions and Retirement, 1987 - 1991

Office location for Ralph J. Teti

1845 Walnut Street
24th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103


20 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2006, 2008 - 2024

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