William J. Leahy

Office Managing Shareholder

Focus Areas
Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets
Discrimination and Harassment
Litigation and Trials
Hiring, Performance Management and Termination
Emerging Technologies and Venture Capital
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 and Community Affiliations
• Member, Union League of PhiladelphiacRecognition
• Named, The Best Lawyers in America©, 2018-2019c

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

Bar Admissions
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

Publications & Press
Best Lawyers in America© 2019 Edition Honors More Than 200 Littler Lawyers
Littler Press Release
August 15, 2018
Littler Names Three New Office Managing Shareholders
Littler Press Release
January 10, 2018
Best Lawyers in America© 2018 Edition Honors More Than 200 Littler Lawyers
Littler Press Release
August 17, 2017
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Holds Uniform Written Obligations Act Does Not Allow Employer To Enforce Noncompete
Unsupported By Consideration
Littler ASAP
November 23, 2015
Can “Friends” Be Trade Secrets?
Littler ASAP
May 2, 2012
Pennsylvania Law Firm Sues Former Attorney and New Firm for Unfair Competition
Littler ASAP
February 16, 2012
Third Circuit Clarifies Definition of Management-Level Employee in Harassment Claims
Littler Insight
June 17, 2009

Pennsylvania Governor Rendell Signs Legislation Allowing Non-Attorneys to Represent Corporate Employers in Unemployment Compensation Proceedings
Littler Insight
June 15, 2005

Speaking Engagements
Can I Terminate: Considerations and Implications for Employers
Philadelphia, PA
June 25, 2019
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