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Rick Grimaldi



Rick Grimaldi is a member of the firm’s COVID-19 Taskforce, a cross-disciplinary team of attorneys dedicated to advising employers on the many workplace law aspects of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Additionally, Rick is a member of the firm’s SBA Loan Team, dedicated to advising employers on the inner workings of the complex CARES Act loan process during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Rick Grimaldi is the author of FLEX; A Leader’s Guide to Staying Nimble and Mastering Transformative Change in the Workplace. Based on his thirty years of working with employers large and small, Rick’s seminal work provides a blueprint for all employers to successfully navigate the incredible changes occurring in the workplace that impact everything from hiring to terminations, and all the issues that occur in between.

In 2017 Rick led the team that favorably changed labor law on behalf of employers nationwide by successfully overturning National Labor Relations Board precedent that had previously made it easier for unions to organize small groups of employees, known as micro units, within a larger employer. The result in PCC Structurals created a new legal standard benefiting all employers, and the case typified what has been the hallmark of Rick’s career - aggressively defending the interests of businesses around the world and at the same time working to help them be better employers, leading to more satisfied employees and ultimately increased employer success in the marketplace.

This practical approach to solving workplace challenges with his clients, is a natural outgrowth of his experience leading an Employee Relations team as Director of Labor Relations for a large international technology company, and his experience serving the citizens of Pennsylvania as Deputy General Counsel to Governor Tom Ridge and Chief Counsel of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Aside from his work in the seminal PCC Structurals case, he has long achieved positive results for his clients in major discrimination litigation, union campaigns, collective bargaining and arbitrations. Most importantly, Rick partners with his clients to help them achieve their workplace goals by combining sound practical strategic advice with an understanding that business decisions are never made in a vacuum.  

As a co-principal of Fisher Phillips Government Relations subsidiary, FP Advocacy, Rick is also on the front lines of advocating before state and local legislative bodies to develop laws and policies that allow employers to thrive while addressing workplace concerns.

Rick has been named to Best Lawyers in America and is internationally recognized as an outstanding trainer and presenter by both clients and trade associations. He works closely with senior executives and management teams to provide hands on and practical leadership and respectful workplace training.

By combining his litigation skills, negotiating acumen and employment counseling experience on behalf of his clients, Rick actively builds strong partnerships as both a legal counselor and trusted business advisor.



  • In the Fall of 2019, successfully managed a union organizing campaign on behalf of a food products company with distribution in all 50 states in the U.S. and in over 40 countries, that resulted in the company remaining union free.

  • Labor Board Returns To Traditional “Community Of Interest” Factors For Union Elections
  • Defense Verdict Obtained in “Sex-Plus” Case
  • Winning dismissal of age and disability claims brought against a large retail client.
  • Counseling a large gaming client to victory in a union campaign.
  • Successful defense of a major law firm against a disability discrimination claim by the EEOC.
  • In the Fall of 2019, successfully managed a union organizing campaign on behalf of a food products company with distribution in all 50 states in the U.S. and in over 40 countries, that resulted in the company remaining union free.

  • Obtaining successful trial result for a large financial industry client.

  • Developing strategy for major retail and hospitality clients resulting in decertification of the unions representing their employees.

  • Achieving a favorable contract for a major health care client who had been at impasse with the union representing its staff.
  • Co-counsel in successful defense of Unfair Labor Practice Charges alleging multiple violations of the National Labor Relations Act in which the NLRB sought injunctive relief against the employer.

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (2018 - 2019, 2021)
  • Listed in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, (2007-2017)

Professional Activities

  • Board of Directors, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (2013-2017)
  • Board of Directors, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (2007-2013)
  • Member, Lawyers Club of Philadelphia
  • Member, Pennsylvania Society
  • Lifetime Member, Continental Who’s Who of National Business Leaders
  • Moyer Foundation, Board Member, Secretary and Executive Committee Member (2010-2017)
  • Former Chief Counsel, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
  • Former Deputy General Counsel, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge
  • Secretary, Board of Trustees, Yacht Club of Stone Harbor New Jersey

Community Activities

  • Member, Board of Directors, Operation Therapy
  • Member, Ambassador, The Moyer Foundation/Eluna



Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • 2020 Annual Human Resources Conference, PA Chamber of Business and Industry, 11.20.20
  • Beyond the Curve - Auto Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia webinar, 5.27.20
  • Paycheck Protection Program: Relief for Small Business under the CARES Act - Celesque webinar, 5.22.20
  • Small Business Assistance Programs During the COVID-19 Crisis - SHRM webinar, 4.21.20
  • SHRM Webinar, PPP Loans Program and the Cares Act, April 2020
  • ACC Greater Philadelphia Employment and Labor Law - CLE Institute, 2.11.20
  • “Surfing the Next Wave in Workplace Accommodations.” - Fisher Phillips Inside Corporate Counsel Conference, Hollywood, FL, February 2020
  • "Surfing the Next Wave in Workplace Accommodations" - Presented by Rick Grimaldi (Philadelphia), Janet Fiore (President and CEO, The Sierra Group)
  • Mid Atlantic ADA Conference, The Business Value of Hiring Americans with Disabilities, November 2019
  • "Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations" - DELVACCA 5th Annual In-House Counsel Conference, Philadelphia, PA
  • "Ethical Hotspots for In-House Lawyers" - DELVACCA Ethics & Compliance CLE Institute, Philadelphia, PA 
    August 9, 2012
  • "Family and Medical Leave Act 101" - 17th Annual Pennsylvania Employment Law Institute, Philadelphia, PA
    April 2011
  • "What's Up Doc? Employee Medical Information: What an Employer Can Ask For, When and How" - 12th Annual Pennsylvania Employment Law Institute, Philadelphia, PA
    April 2006
  • "Disaster or Opportunity? The Role of Employment Professionals in Global Offshoring" - 11th Annual Pennsylvania Employment Law Institute, Philadelphia, PA
    April 2005
  • "Privacy and Screening in Employment - A Corporate Perspective" - Delaware Valley Corporate Counsel Association
    February 2006
  • "Restrictive Covenants and Non-Competition Agreements" - Unisys Worldwide Recruiting & Staffing 
    July 2002
  • "Exporting Knowledge, Hiring Practices Consistent with the Deemed Export Rule" - Latin American Export Compliance Officers Conference, Ace Conference Center 
    June 2002
  • "HIPAA & Privacy, It's Your Business; European Privacy - Blueprint for Cross-Border Data Transfers" - Unisys Security Practice, McLean, VA May 2002
  • Participant, "Privacy & Security in the New American Workplace," Conference, TeaNeck, New Jersey 
    May 2002
  • Guest Speaker, Corporate Crisis Management, ABA Minority Counsel Program, Tampa, FL 
    April 2001
  • Instructor, "Maintaining Successful Client Relationships," Continuing Legal Education 
    April 2000
  • Presenter, "Developing a Sexual Harassment Policy Consistent with Recent Supreme Court Decisions," Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Labor Management Conference 
    September 1999


  • "The Future of the American Workplace" - Philly Biz Magazine,
    October 2015
  • "Fantasy Football Costs $6.5 Billion in Workplace Productivity" - Philadelphia Business Journal
  • "An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure - The Top 3 Things You Can Do to Avoid Workplace Liability" - Greater Philadelphia of Chamber Newsletter
    July 2013
  • "Supreme Court Answers the Question of Who Qualifies as a Supervisor" - The Legal Intelligencer
  • "Questions Raised Regarding Who Qualifies as a Supervisor" - The Legal Intelligencer
  • "Performance Leadership" (Things Your Company Needs to Know) - Philadelphia Smart CEO Magazine
    December 2012
  • "Managing Employee Relations" - Smart Business
    October 2006


  • Protecting your organization from Harassment Claims - Neuman Center for Leadership Video Series November 2019
  • Employer Chronicles Podcast series, 2017-2019
  • Regular guest on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT Philadelphia
  • Interviewed on KYW News Radio, regarding unpaid internships
    June 2013
  • Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce 9th Annual Read to Me Early Literacy Program,
    April 2013
  • Executive Leaders Radio,
  • Executive Leaders Radio,
  • Appearance Employee Free Choice Act, Michael Smerconish Program, 1210, WPHT (Nationally Syndicated)
    April 2009
  • Moderator - EFCA and Employee Choice, 2 Hour Broadcast Live Program on Location at Philadelphia Doubletree, 1210 WPHT,
    March 2009
  • Appearance/Panelist School Privacy in the Wake of Virginia Tech, Its Your Turn with Lynn Doyle, Comcast,
    April 2008


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