Richard B. Sigmond

Of Counsel

With over 50 years of experience, Richard B. Sigmond is considered as one of the preeminent attorneys in the labor law, employment law and employee benefits areas of practice.

During his career, Richard has represented scores of labor organizations, employee benefit funds and individuals, all for the mission of improving and protecting employee and human rights, and seeking to advance the dignity and welfare of working men and women and their families.

He has served as counsel for numerous international, regional and local labor organizations, including service as General Counsel for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, AFL CIO, CLC, and the International Painters and Allied Trades Industry Pension Fund for the United States and Canada and as General Counsel for the Stabilization Agreement of the Sheet Metal Industry Trust Fund. Richard has also served as counsel for a substantial number of other unions and multiemployer pension, welfare, apprentice, educational and other benefit funds in the building trades industry including trade unions that represent electricians, bricklayers, painters, glaziers, drywall finishers, roofers, carpenters, operating engineers, plumbers, pipefitters and boilermakers. His experience also includes representation of many labor organizations in various other industries including bakery and confectionary workers, retail clerks, warehouse workers, limestone and gypsum miners, manufacturing workers, food service industry employees, teachers, mental health physicians, prison guards and various other public and private sector employees.

Throughout his career, Richard has provided advice and counseling to clients on all aspects of labor law and employee benefits law, including negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements, NLRB issues, including organizational campaigns, unfair labor practice charges and litigation and appeals relating thereto, DOL regulatory issues, complaints and litigation, Title VII issues, all forms of discrimination issues and litigation, general employment and employee rights litigation, ERISA compliance, including benefit fund and plan structure and formation, management of employee benefit plans, statutory compliance, benefits eligibility, fiduciary issues, investment matters, service provider contracts and other plan administration issues. He has also litigated numerous, substantial employee rights and benefit cases in courts throughout the country.

Richard has lectured in law and employee rights at Temple University, Penn State University’s labor studies program, Philadelphia University and LaSalle University. He is a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and is listed in publications such as The Best Lawyers in America, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Philadelphia’s Best Lawyers and has received the prestigious AV rating for preeminence from Martindale-Hubbell.

Richard has served as an officer, board member or volunteer for various community organizations including the Philadelphia Jaycees, the Legal Aid Society of Philadelphia – Temple University Division, the State of Israel Bonds Labor Advisory Committee and served 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 thousands of inter-city youth.

When not practicing law, Richard enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and is an avid patron of the Philadelphia theater scene.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Member, Pennsylvania, New York and District of Columbia Bars
  • 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

Education

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

Affiliations

  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee
  • American Bar Association, Labor Law and Litigation Sections
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Labor Law Committee
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Labor Law Committee
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Awards

  • Legal Aid Society of Philadelphia Award recipient
  • Phi Alpha Delta Alumni Award from Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • Labor Human Rights Award from the Jewish Labor Committee

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/LMCI 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/LMCI Attorneys Conference;
  • Speaker – Rules Affecting Multiemployer Funds under the Pension Protection Act, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans/LMCI Attorneys Conference;
  • Speaker – Due Diligence Required of Trustees in the Consideration of Alternative Investments, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans/LMCI Attorneys Conference;
  • Panel Member/Speaker – Picketing and Handbilling, Pennsylvania Bar Institute;
  • Speaker, Use of Labor Arbitration in the Adjudication of Civil Rights Claims, International Foundation Of Employee Benefit Plans/LMCI Attorneys Conference;
  • Speaker, The Impact Of Health Care Reform Legislation On Collective Bargaining, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans/LMCI Attorneys Conference;
  • 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.