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William J. Simmons has represented employers in a wide variety of labor and employment matters, ranging from nationwide wage and hour class and collective actions to individual lawsuits. He has handled numerous claims alleging violations of state and federal anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation statutes, such as:

  • Title VII
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Section 1981
  • The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination
  • The New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act
  • The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act

He regularly defends employers in connection with discrimination charges filed at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state administrative agencies around the country, including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations.

William also has conducted wage and hour hearings before the New Jersey Department of Labor and has handled cases involving many other employment claims, including those in connection with:

  • Public policy
  • Wrongful discharge
  • Defamation
  • The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act
  • The Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • The False Claims Act
  • Long-term disability benefits governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act

William counsels employers on numerous workplace issues, including managing reductions-in-force, and complying with the ADA, the FMLA, and anti-discrimination laws. He also assists clients with drafting and revising employer handbooks, policies, and procedures, and compliance with the array of laws governing background checks in hiring, including federal, state, and local “ban the box” laws, state social media privacy laws, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

William works with a diverse group of clients that includes:

  • National and local eldercare facilities
  • National and regional retailers
  • National pharmaceutical companies
  • Hospitals
  • National staffing agencies

While in law school, William interned for the Honorable Dickinson Debevoise, Senior United States District Court Judge for the District of New Jersey, and for Justice James R. Zazzali, New Jersey Supreme Court. He also served as submissions editor for the Women's Rights Law Reporter and was a member of the Moot Court Board.

Professional & Community Affiliations


Labor & Employment Section

American Bar Association


Litigation Section

American Bar Association


Sidney Reitman Labor and Employment American Inn of Court


Winner, Nathan Baker Mock Trial Competition

2005 and 2006

Recipient, Myron Harkavy Prize

Named, Marquis Scholar

Named, Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholar

Named, Saul Tischler Memorial Scholar

Rutgers University School of Law

Order of the Coif

Publications & Press

In Philadelphia, Sweeping Change on Background Checks

Bloomberg BNA Human Resources Report

December 28, 2015

FCRA Compliance Moves up the To-Do List

Today’s General Counsel

December 31, 2014

US patchwork of social media laws creates confusion

Privacy Laws & Business International Report

October 1, 2013

FLSA Class Nixed In ManorCare Meal Break Suit

February 1, 2013

She Complained, But I’ll Sue: Third-Party Employment Retaliation Claims After Thompson

New Jersey Law Journal

April 18, 2011

Supreme Court Case Demonstrates Importance of Electronic Media Policies & Training

National Human Resources Association Online Newsletter

Fall 2010

Must Affirmative Defenses In Employment Litigation Be Plausible After Iqbal?

Employment & Labor Relations Law Newsletter

Litigation Section - American Bar Association

Summer 2010

Where Is My Nest Egg? Three Considerations for 401(k) Plan Sponsors Selecting Funds in an Unpredictable Economy

Journal of Retirement Planning

March–April 2010

Beyond 50 Employees and 33 Percent: Advanced WARN Issues

Employment & Labor Relations Law Newsletter

Litigation Section - American Bar Association

Summer 2009

Facing the Factors: Handling ERISA Benefits Cases After Glenn

Vol. 194, New Jersey Law Journal 379

October 30, 2008

Remedies for Undocumented Workers

Vol. 190, New Jersey Law Journal, 914

December 3, 2007

Five Years Later: Navigating the Legal Battlefield of IRCA and Undocumented Workers' Remedies After Hoffman

American Immigration (Online)

April 2007


  • J.D., Rutgers School of Law, 2007 With Highest Honors
  • A.B., Lafayette College, 2004 summa cum laude

Bar Admission

New Jersey


  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey