Since joining Despres, Schwartz, & Geoghegan, Ltd. in 2019, Will has been helping working people to build power. Will has represented workers, unions, and union reform caucuses, advising them on a broad range of organizational matters and representing them in court and in administrative proceedings.
Will has represented both local and international unions, providing guidance on the interpretation of bylaws and constitution, support during contract bargaining, and legal analysis of issues arising in the leadup to and during strikes. Will has also guided unions through Department of Labor investigations and assisted with the establishment and implementation of internal dispute processes.
Will has also done extensive work in support of union democracy and reform efforts. He has represented both individual workers fighting to avail themselves of their rights under federal law and union reform caucuses of rank-and-file members pushing their unions to live up to their principles. As part of the firm’s Trusteeship practice, Will has helped prevent parent unions from abusing their authority to undermine unions’ elected leadership, ensuring that the democratic will of the rank-and-file is at the core of unions’ leadership and decision making process.
Will’s work also supports the firm’s 1st Amendment practice, representing public sector workers and unions who have been penalized by employers for their pro-union speech. Will successfully argued a case before the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals that reversed a grant of summary judgment against a working union president who was fired for giving a television interview in his capacity as a union officer. Bruce v. Worcester Reg’l Transit Auth., 34 F.4th 129 (1st Cir. 2022).
Will attended Yale Law School where he spent much of his time in the Workers and Immigrants’ Rights Advocacy Clinic. His work there included representing workers, community organizations, and unions in a variety of matters, including, litigation, lobbying, and advisement. Upon graduation he was awarded a Skadden Fellowship to work at the Community Activism Law Alliance collaborating with workers’ centers in Chicago to help immigrant workers organize and win better working conditions. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Union Democracy.
- J.D. (2017) Yale Law
- B.A. (2013) Northwestern University
- All Illinois Courts
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
- U.S. District Court, District of D.C.
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
- Board of Directors of the Association for Union Democracy