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Richard B. Sigmond

Shareholder

Mr. Sigmond is a shareholder in the law firm of Jennings Sigmond, P.C., in Philadelphia. He specializes in the representation of labor organizations and ERISA-regulated employee benefit funds. Mr. Sigmond is a member of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, the Labor Law and Litigation Sections of the American Bar Association and the Labor Law Committees of the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations. He has served as General Counsel for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades and the National Stabilization Agreement of the Sheet Metal Industry Trust Fund and currently serves as General Counsel for the International Painters and Allied Trades Industry Pension Fund. Mr. Sigmond also serves as counsel for numerous other labor organizations and affiliated employee benefit funds, including Roofers Union Local 30, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98, IBEW Local 313, IBEW Systems Council U-22, Bricklayers Local 1 (Delaware), and Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 74. He has participated in numerous academic and community-based programs and projects. Mr. Sigmond has served as a lecturer in law and employee rights at Temple University, Penn State University’s labor studies program, Philadelphia University and LaSalle University. He has presented papers and participated as a speaker and panel member at numerous national attorneys’ conferences including conferences sponsored by the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. Mr. Sigmond has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Jaycees, President of the Legal Aid Society–Temple University Division and as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of GATEHOUSE Philadelphia, Inc., an organization of volunteers that provided counseling, funding and support for vocational, college, advance educational training and employment assistance on behalf of more than 14,000 inter-city youth. He has served on the State of Israel Bonds Labor Advisory Committee and is the recipient of the Legal Aid Society of Philadelphia Award, the Phi Alpha Delta Alumni Award from Temple University Beasley School of Law and the Labor Human Rights Award from the Jewish Labor Committee. Mr. Sigmond is listed among The Best Lawyers in America (Naifeh & Smith), Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Philadelphia’s Best Lawyers (Philadelphia Magazine) and has received the prestigious AV rating from Martindale Hubbel. He is a member of the Bar in Pennsylvania, New York and the District of Columbia.

WRITINGS AND PRESENTATIONS

Speaker – Preparation of Jury Instructions, AFL-CIO National Attorneys Conference;

Speaker – New Regulations Governing LM-10 and LM-30 Reporting Requirements, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans National Attorneys Conference;

Speaker – Regulations and Reporting Requirements under the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act, including T-1 Regulations, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans National Attorneys Conference;

Speaker – Rules Affecting Multiemployer Funds under the Pension Protection Act, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans National Attorneys Conference;

Speaker – Due Diligence Required of Trustees in the Consideration of Alternative Investments, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans National Attorneys Conference;

Panel Member/Speaker – Picketing and Handbilling, Pennsylvania Bar Institute;

Participant in Lectures and Panels at Temple University, Temple University School of Law, Penn State University’s Labor Studies Program, Philadelphia University and LaSalle University;

Speaker, Use of Labor Arbitration in the Adjudication of Civil Rights Claims, International Foundation Of Employee Benefit Plans National Attorneys Conference, 2009;

Speaker, The Impact Of Health Care Reform Legislation On Collective Bargaining, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans National Attorneys Conference, 2010.

SIGNIFICANT CASES

Commonwealth of PA v. Marks, 275 A.2d 81 (Pa. 1971)[argued - this case, together with the consolidated Wrona and Donovan cases, set precedent by determining that a criminal court acted unconstitutionally when it resentenced three Defendants to greater sentences, after they had commenced service of the initial sentence];

Altemose Construction Co. et al. v. Building. & Construction Trades Council of Philadelphia and Vicinity, et al., 296 A.2d 504 (Pa. 1972), cert. denied, 411 U.S. 932 (1973)[argued - this case resulted in the reversal of 125 contempt of court convictions and established the proper burden of proof required for civil contempt in a labor injunction case];

PA Association of State Mental Hospital Physicians et al. v. State Employees Retirement Board. et al., 375 A.2d 863 (Pa. Commonwealth 1977) [argued - this case expanded the law by requiring that salaried part-time professionals in the state retirement system be treated equally, for pension credit purposes, with full-time salaried employees];

Altemose Construction. Co. et al. v. Building. & Construction Trades Council of Philadelphia and Vicinity et al., 751 F.2d 653 (3d Cir. 1985).[Served as lead council for 52 labor organizations in the trial and appellate court in this anti trust action]

Walling v. Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 74 Pension Fund, Edward Brady, et al. 125 F.3d 114 (3d Cir.1997) [this case established precedent that pension fund participants do not share an equal right to insist upon increases in benefits and that Trustees of a Pension Fund may grant increases in benefits to sub groups of participants while excluding other participants];

McCann, et al. v. United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, Civ. A. No. 05-3328 (LFS), 2004 WL 2958434 (E.D. Pa. DEC 20 2004) [this case established precedent holding that a trusteeship imposed by an international union may be expanded to include a second 18 month timeframe of its presumptive validity (total of 36 months) and establishing the proof required in order to validate such an expansion];

Foley v. Int’l Broth. Elec. Workers Local Union 98 Pension Fund, 271 F.3d 551 (3d Cir. 2001). Reich v. Compton, et al.,  57 F.3d 270 (3d Cir. 1995).

Keystone Chapter, Assoc. Builders and Contr., Inc. v. Foley, 37 F.3d 945 (3d Cir. 1994).
Esposito Hauling & Contracting Company, Inc. v. Bldg. and Constr. Trades Council of Delaware, No. Civ. A. 93-06 (SLR), 1993 WL 566442 (D. Del. Sept. 2, 1993).

COURT ADMISSIONS

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Superior Court of Pennsylvania
  • Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Court of Appeals of the State of New York
  • Superior Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • The Courts of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks and Delaware and Chester Counties.

EDUCATION

  • Philadelphia University, Bachelor of Science, 1966
  • Temple University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1969

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215-351-0609