Willig, Williams & Davidson Attorney Receives Award from Philadelphia Bar Association

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Ryan Allen Hancock was honored for his criminal record expungement work on behalf of low-income Philadelphians

(from l-r) David N. Hofstein, Ryan Hancock, Salvatore J. Patti, Mary F. Platt. Photo credit: Thomas E. Rogers, Philadelphia Bar Association

Philadelphia labor, employment and workers’ compensation firm Willig, Williams & Davidson is pleased to announce that attorney Ryan Allen Hancock has received the Philadelphia Bar Association’s PNC Wealth Management Achievement Award, which honors significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice.

Hancock was recognized for his dedication to helping low-income Philadelphians overcome past criminal convictions through pro bono litigation. In 2009, he joined two other Philadelphia-based civil rights attorneys to create Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity. Approved as a 501(c)(3) in 2010, the organization was founded on the belief that society should view people for their actions and achievements today, not define them by bad choices they may have made years or even decades ago.

Since then, the organization has become widely recognized for helping Philadelphians expunge criminal records that can hinder them from attaining employment, housing and other benefits for which they otherwise are qualified. The first community legal clinic the group sponsored, in 2011, drew more than 300 people, completely overwhelming the volunteers and demonstrating the immense need in the community for criminal record expungement legal services.

At Willig, Williams & Davidson, Hancock counsels and represents clients in matters relating to sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation and whistleblower actions, wrongful termination, employee benefits, overtime and wage and hour concerns, and employment agreements, including contract negotiation, non-compete agreements, and severance.

Previously, Hancock served as assistant chief counsel of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the Commonwealth’s civil rights enforcement agency, successfully litigating a wide range of discrimination matters, including claims based upon sexual orientation, religious accommodation, disability, race, sex, and denial of employment based on a criminal record.

About Willig, Williams & Davidson – Willig, Williams & Davidson (http://www.wwdlaw.com) is one of the largest and most respected union-side labor law firms in the United States. The firm has offices in Philadelphia, Jenkintown and Harrisburg, Pa., as well as Haddonfield, N.J., and Chicago, Ill. Founded in 1979, Willig, Williams & Davidson focuses on representing labor unions, employee benefit funds and individual working people and their families on a variety of legal fronts, including national, regional and local contract negotiations; dispute resolution through mediation, arbitration and litigation; tax and benefit law compliance issues; discrimination and other employment matters; prepaid legal services for union members; and workers’ compensation matters in Philadelphia and beyond.

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