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Richard G. Poulson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

Willig, Williams & Davidson
1845 Walnut Street, 24th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-656-3672
Fax: 215-561-5135
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2005 - 2007
Licensed in Pennsylvania Since: 1997
Practice Areas: Employment & Labor: Employee
Attorney Profile

Richard G. Poulson has been representing labor unions since the inception of his career. His practice includes collective bargaining, interest and grievance arbitration and employment-related litigation. Rick specializes in advising and representing police, fire, paramedic and other uniformed employees regarding municipal affairs and public employment.

Hailing from a proud labor tradition – his father was a Philadelphia firefighter and his mother was a teacher – Rick’s labor advocacy helps unions improve the lives of working families in areas such as safe working conditions, occupational injury and illness and political action. Utilizing the collective bargaining process, including interest arbitration, Rick and his colleagues have secured groundbreaking safe-staffing, training and equipment protections for firefighters, paramedics and other public safety workers throughout Pennsylvania. Rick is also adept at directing multifaceted campaigns to obtain legal protections for workers who have become sick or injured at work. The campaigns, which involve negotiation, litigation, legislative initiatives and public relations efforts, have benefited a wide range of union members, from firefighters stricken with Hepatitis C or occupational cancers to private-sector workers facing the long-term effects of asbestos exposure.

In addition to his busy practice, Rick lectures and trains labor organizations and attorneys nationwide on utilizing state-of-the-art methods to secure improved safety and health protections for public safety workers. He has instructed at the AFL-CIO Lawyers’ Coordinating Committee Educational Seminar, American Arbitration Association Arbitrator Education Series, Pennsylvania State University Labor Education Program, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Union Leadership Academy and the Pennsylvania State University OSHA Institute, to name just a few organizations.

Rick earned his B.A. from La Salle University, having attended on an academic scholarship. He excelled as a law student at Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, where in addition to graduating cum laude, he was the associate editor of the Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy, vice-chancellor of the Moot Court Association and president of the ABA Law Student Division.

About Richard G. Poulson

First Admitted: 1997, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage:


  • Best Lawyers in America, 2012-2017

Educational Background

  • La Salle University, B.A., 1992

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Philadelphia Bar Association, 1998 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1998 - Present
  • American Bar Association, 1998 - Present


  • Richard G. Poulson, a labor attorney and partner at Willig, Williams & Davidson, explains how the firm works with their clients as a team to negotiate strong contracts and elicit the best results from interest arbitration hearings. The employer's ability to pay is examined in detail as the teams work together with the bargaining committees to conduct a fair assessment. Rick advises and represents police, fire, paramedic and other uniformed employees regarding municipal affairs and public employment in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania., Willig, Williams & Davidson Lawyer Rick Poulson Addresses Police and Fire Contract Negotiations, 2012
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Office Location for Richard G. Poulson

1845 Walnut Street
24th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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