Overview

William J. Leahy provides assistance with all issues that arise out of the employer-employee relationship, including those involving discrimination and harassment. He has successfully handled employment-related disputes through trial and appeal, including extensive litigation in federal and state courts with claims arising under:

  • Title VII
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Uniform Trade Secrets Act
  • The New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act

Will’s trial practice has included defense verdicts in jury trials involving:

  • Claims for retaliation under the Family and Medical Leave Act and Pennsylvania common law
  • A claim for discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • A retaliation claim under the Fair Labor Standards Act

Will also has represented companies, often in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and hospitality industries, in matters relating to the protection of trade secrets and confidential information and the enforcement of covenants not to compete.

In addition to litigation, Will devotes a substantial portion of his practice to advising employers on day-to-day compliance with federal, state and local laws, as well as protection of confidential information. This includes:

  • Drafting and reviewing policies
  • Preparing employment and severance agreements
  • Providing advice on harassment and employee leave issues

He frequently presents seminars on these and other topics.

Office managing shareholder of Littler's Philadelphia office, Will previously served on the firm's Associates Committee and is a member of the firm's Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets Practice Group.

Will began his career as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert F. Kelly of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Union League of Philadelphia

Recognition

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2018-2019

Speaking Engagements

Managing Leaves of Absence: The Interplay of the FMLA and ADA

Philadelphia, PA

June 2, 2015
Preparing The Groundwork To Enforce Non-competes

Philadelphia, PA

September 13, 2012
The Employee from Hell

Philadelphia, PA

November 15, 2011
Adapting to Change: New Developments in the Protection of Trade Secrets and Business Goodwill

June 24, 2010
Sex Offenders, Terrorists and Video Resumes: How Far Can You Go to Get Information on Prospective and Current Employees

Philadelphia, PA

February 10, 2010

Education

  • J.D., Villanova University School of Law, 1997
  • B.A., Boston College, 1994

Bar Admission

Pennsylvania
New Jersey
Missouri

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • New Jersey Supreme Court
  • Missouri Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey