Richard B. Sigmond

Shareholder

With over 40 years of significant labor and employee benefits law experience, Richard B. Sigmond is principal shareholder of Jennings Sigmond and represents numerous labor organizations and Taft-Hartley multiemployer benefit funds. Richard is well-regarded for his depth of knowledge and accessibility to his clients.

Richard 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. He also serves as counsel for a large client base of other labor organizations and affiliated multiemployer plans, providing advice on all aspects of labor law, collective bargaining, NLRB issues, and ERISA compliance, including benefit fund formation, management, statutory compliance, benefits eligibility, fiduciary issues, tax and investment matters, and plan administration.

In addition to his representative responsibilities, 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 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-Hubbell.

Richard, a native of the Philadelphia area, has served on several influential community organizations, including the Philadelphia Jaycees; Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society–Temple University Division; 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; and the State of Israel Bonds Labor Advisory Committee.

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

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