William Wright - Member, IEF Board of Directors

Bill Wright is a partner in the Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. offices of Fisher & Phillips LLP, a management-side labor and employment law firm, and is the co-chair of their International Employment Practice Group. He counsels employers on various employment, compensation and benefits issues related to the employment of foreign nationals in the U.S., as well as the employment of U.S. permanent residents and citizens abroad.  Bill has worked with compliance issues related to hiring, retention and separation of employees in a multitude of jurisdictions. Bill's broad experience with global employment issues has helped him assist our clients with international operations on all seven continents, including Antarctica.  In addition to assisting our U.S. based clients,  Bill has also counseled clients based outside the United States with the special considerations that are required when complying with  U.S. employment and benefit laws. 

Bill started his career and continues to practice in the area of employee benefits and ERISA. He is an active member of the firm's Employee Benefits Practice Group. He is familiar with all aspects of employee benefits, including the concerns unique to pension and welfare plans sponsored by state and local government entities, international and cross-border issues related to employee benefits and executive compensation, employee benefit plans sponsored by nonprofit organizations, private health and welfare benefit plans, private defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans and Taft-Hartley retirement and welfare funds.

Bill has been an active speaker in Europe, Canada and South America on global employment issues.  He has also contributed employee benefits-related articles to the International Pension Lawyer, Metropolitan Corporate Counsel and other publications. He has participated as a speaker in several employee benefits related programs, including those offered by the International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association's Sections on Taxation and International Law, the Pennsylvania Government Financial Officer's Association and the National Conference of State Legislatures, as well as programs sponsored by business organizations and local bar associations.