About Wally Zimolong
A union adversary once publicly decried Wally as “a destructive force.” Wally has dedicated his entire legal career to representing developers and contractors in disputes between themselves, unions, and the government. He is a veteran trial lawyer with vast trial experience having acted as lead plaintiff or defense counsel in nearly 500 cases in federal and state court, private arbitration, and before government administrative law judges. He has tried numerous cases to verdict and and boasts an undefeated jury trial record.
Wally was named one of Super Lawyers Magazine’s “Super Lawyers” in the areas of construction litigation, construction law, and labor law. Previously, before turning 40, Super Lawyers Magazine named him a “rising star” for 5 consecutive years. He is a Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA) Fellow. The CLSA is an invitation-only international honorary association composed of preeminent lawyers specializing in construction law and related fields. Fellowship is limited and selective, with lawyers being invited into Fellowship upon a proven record of excellence and accomplishment in construction law at both the trial and appellate levels.
As a staunch believer in the Constitution and free enterprise, he has ferociously defended contractors and developers that are threatened, coerced, and bullied by the federal, state, and local government and unions. He has represented clients in countless matters before administrative agencies, in particular, the National Labor Relations Board and OSHA. He counsels client on dealing with, avoiding, and de-certifying unions. His counsel includes obtaining injunctive relief preventing unions from disrupting his clients’ businesses. Journalists frequently seek out Wally to comment on labor law related stories and his commentary has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Philadelphia Business Journal.
In 2016, he obtained a landmark jury verdict against a sitting member of Philadelphia City Council for violating his client’s First Amendment Right to free speech. The case received wide spread media attention and news of the verdict appeared on the front page of Philadelphia’s largest newspaper, the Philadelphia Inquirer.
In 2012, he was asked to represent a high school student who was forcibly removed from class for wearing a t-shirt supporting the campaign of Mitt Romney. Wally successful sued the Philadelphia School District and the teacher for violating his client’s first amendment rights.
In 2010, he obtained a judgment in federal court against the City of Philadelphia for unlawfully seizing his real estate developer client’s property without due process of law with his client receiving significant monetary damages and an award of attorney’s fees.
He regularly assists clients with investigations brought by the Department of Justice, Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and the City of Philadelphia Department of Licenses & Inspections (L&I).
He has also successfully defending and stopped numerous illegal picketing campaigns by building trade unions.