Richard L. Williger


Rik is certified as a specialist in Workers' Compensation.  He has been practicing workers' compensation, employment and employment-related matters since 1982. 

Rik has been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer from 2010 through 2020, and included in The Best Lawyers in America from 2014 through 2017.  He was named by Best Lawyers in America (26th Edition) as Akron's Workers' Compensation Law - Employers "Lawyer of the Year" (2020).

Contact Information

75 East Market Street. Akron, Ohio 44308


The University of Akron, Juris Doctor
Kent State University, B.A., Sociology


Rik has vast experience including past employment with a major corporation and law firm, working in employment areas, including:

  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Affirmative Action Programs
  • National Labor Relations Act
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Unemployment Compensation

He is also a Specialist in Workers' Compensation by the Ohio State Bar Association.  

Hobbies / Activities

Rik also has worked with the Ohio Civil Rights  Commission as an investigator, mediator/conciliator and regional fact finder.  Rik also served as a vocational rehabilitation counselor with the Ohio Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Rik is also a professional musician, and performs regularly in several well-known acts.  He is a licensed pilot, and has enjoyed flying a small airplane.  He is also an I.B.M. Magician, and still performs occasionally.

Courts & Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
  • Society of Human Resource Management

Professional & Civic Affiliations

  • Board Member, The Akron Civic Theater (2013-present)
  • Commissioner, Stow City Civil Rights Commission(2000-term expiration)
  • Arbitrator, The Better Business Bureau
  • Fellow, Ohio State Bar Foundation (2011)
  • Fellow, Akron Bar Foundation (2011)
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association, Specialization Board for Workers' Compensation (effective 2016
  • Served on the Board of Trustees, University of Akron Law School Alumni Association (1999-2011)
  • President of the Board of Trustees, University of Akron Law Alumni Association (2008-2010)
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