William R. Sasso

William Sasso

Overview

William Sasso has served as chairman of Stradley Ronon's management committee and board of directors since 1994. As chairman, he is responsible for oversight and management of more than 200 attorneys in the firm's eight offices in Philadelphia, Malvern and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Wilmington, Delaware; Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Washington, D.C.; Chicago, Illinois; and New York.

During his 40-plus years of experience, he has counseled privately and publicly held companies and religious and nonprofit organizations in various matters, including general corporate and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, health care, medical devices, tax and real estate.

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Credentials

Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
Court Admissions
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Tax Court
Education
  • J.D., Harvard Law School
  • B.A., La Salle University
Memberships

  • Advisory Board Committee, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
  • American Bar Association, Taxation and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Sections
  • Board Member, CTCA Global, Inc.
  • Board of Advisors, Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation
  • Board of Directors, CrossCurrent Business Analytics
  • Board of Directors, Fred's Footsteps
  • Board of Directors, Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation
  • Board of Directors, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
  • Board of Trustees, La Salle University
  • Chairman, National Constitution Center Corporate Council Program
  • Chairman, Pennsylvania Infrastructure and Investment Authority (PENNVEST)
  • Children's Commission of Distinguished Leaders in Philadelphia
  • Independence Hospital Indemnity Plan Board
  • Governing Board, Committee of Seventy
  • Member, Board of Visit Philadelphia
  • National Health Lawyers Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, State and Local Tax and Real Property Sections
  • Philadelphia Facilities Task Force

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Recognition

  • The Legal Intelligencer, Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Philadelphia Business Journal, Most Admired CEOs of 2015 
  • Philadelphia Business Journal, One of the “23 Most Influential Business People in Philadelphia” 
  • Philadelphia Business Journal, One of the “2015 Outstanding Directors”
  • Philly Biz, “Power 50”
  • Philly Biz, “Best Business Lawyers”
  • City & State Pennsylvania, “Top 10 Titans: Power Players You Need to Know”
  • Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, William Penn Award 
  • Anti-Defamation League, Americanism Award 
  • USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, Chairman’s Award 
  • American Jewish Committee, Judge Learned Hand Award 
  • American Diabetes Association, Father of the Year Award 
  • Philadelphia Academies, Stand and Deliver Award 
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • "William Sasso is noted for his breadth of expertise in areas ranging from corporate and securities law to healthcare. One source notes: 'He is the kind of person you can bring any problem to and will offer amazing guidance and practical hands-on tactics.'"
  • The Best Lawyers in America 
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent rating
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In The Community

In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Sasso is widely recognized as a community leader in the Delaware Valley. He previously served as chairman of the board of directors of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, where he oversaw the Chamber’s executive committee and its board of directors, which included advancing the business community’s agenda. He continues to serve on the Chamber’s board and executive committee, and he is also a member of the Paradigm Award Committee, which honors the outstanding business woman of the year.

Mr. Sasso previously served on the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau board and executive committee, and currently serves on the board of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation.

Mr. Sasso is especially interested in charitable activities in the areas of education and health care. His private life is noteworthy for the leadership roles he has taken in so many areas, including: 

  • Board of Advisors, Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation 
  • Board of Directors, Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation 
  • Board of Directors, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
  • Board of Trustees, La Salle University 
  • Chairman, Board of Trustees, Holy Redeemer Health System 
  • Founding Trustee, Leo Niessen, Jr. Charitable Foundation, which benefits inner-city youth and working women in need and meets health care and educational needs 
  • President, Board of Directors, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Eastern Regional Medical Center 
  • Recipient of a Papal Knighthood from Pope John Paul II as a Knight of St. Gregory the Great 
  • Special Counsel, Montgomery County Higher Education and Health Authority
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