William T. Salzer

Partner / Philadelphia, PA

WILLIAM T. SALZER, a partner in the Philadelphia office, has concentrated his practice for over twenty years in the areas of employment law, insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. Mr. Salzer advocates on behalf of and counsels management and individuals in a wide variety of employment law matters including discrimination claims under federal and state law, employee benefit and fiduciary liability under ERISA, wage and hour disputes, enforcement of intellectual property and restrictive covenant rights, wrongful discharge, breach of contract and labor grievances. Mr. Salzer capitalizes on his litigation experience in the transactional arena where he has protected clients in the purchase and sale of businesses by drafting employment contracts, confidentiality agreements and restrictive convenants.

A substantial part of Mr. Salzer’s practice includes representing and advising primary and excess insurers in complex insurance coverage claims involving risks under commercial general liability, professional, environmental, property and casualty, fidelity and workers’ compensation policies. Mr. Salzer provides timely and comprehensive insurance coverage opinions for risks nationwide. Mr. Salzer assists insurers in drafting policy endorsements to respond to changing legal developments and to foster new business in targeted markets.

Mr. Salzer has been consistently recognized since 2005 as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer and is peer rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.

Prior to joining Swartz Campbell, Mr. Salzer was a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor Office of the Solicitor with responsibility for enforcement of occupational safety and wage and hour laws, representation of the government in black lung benefit claims and defense of union grievances.

Areas of Practice

  • Bad Faith
  • Contracts
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Labor

Bar Admissions

  • 1984 Pennsylvania


  • 1984 Juris Doctor, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law, Camden, NJ
  • 1980 B.A. With Distinction, University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA Major: Government and Foreign Affairs

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania


  • Who Pays the Tab For Faulty Construction: The Pennsylvania Experience, Mealey's Litigation Reports
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court "Just Says No" to Drug Dealer's Request For Defense Under Homeowner's Insurance Policy, Mealey's Emerging Insurance Disputes
  • Risk Transfer in Construction Litigation, 2010 PAMIC Claims Summit
  • Establishing the Foundation, The Insurance Contract, National Business Institute
  • U.S. Supreme Court Gets Back to ADA Basics with Toyota Decision, Pennsylvania Law Weekly

Representative Matters

  • Donegal Mut. Ins. Co. v. Baumhammers, 595 Pa. 147, 938 A.2d 286 (Pa. 2007) (amicus)
  • Minnesota Fire and Cas. Co. v. Greenfield, 579 Pa. 333, 855 A. 2d 854 (Pa. 2004)
  • Madison Construction v. Harleysville Mut. Ins. Co., 557 Pa. 595, 735 A. 2d 100 (1999)
  • Barry v. Luzerne County, 447 F. Supp. 2d 436 (M.D. Pa. 2006)
  • Evans v. Maui Cup-Letica Corp., 2009 WL 1034490 (M.D. Pa. 2009)
  • Trunzo v. Association of Property Owners, 90 Fed. Appx. 622 (3d Cir. 2004)
  • ProDent, Inc. v. Zurich U.S., 33 Fed. Appx. 32 (3d Cir. 2002)
  • Lucker Mfg. Co. v. The Home Ins. Co., 23 F.3d 808 (3rd Cir. 1994)

CONTACT William T. Salzer / (215) 299-4346 (phone) / (215) 299-4301 (fax)