William R. Sasso

Chairman Emeritus


William Sasso


William Sasso served as Chairman of Stradley Ronon’s management committee and board of directors for 27 years, ending on January 1, 2021. He currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of the firm. The transition to Chairman Emeritus took place as a result of his desire to spend more time with his clients, and in his political and community activities.

As Chairman, he was responsible for oversight and management of more than 200 attorneys in the firm's seven offices in Philadelphia and Malvern, Pennsylvania; Wilmington, Delaware; Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; 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, education, medical devices, tax and real estate.

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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
  • J.D., Harvard Law School
  • B.A., La Salle University

  • Board Member, The Fund for Girard College
  • Former Advisory Board Committee Member, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
  • American Bar Association, Taxation and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Sections
  • Former Board Member, CTCA Global, Inc.
  • Chairman of the Board, Redeemer Health
  • Former Board President, Cancer Treatment Centers of America – Philadelphia
  • Board of Advisors, Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation
  • Board of Directors, CrossCurrent Business Analytics
  • Board of Directors, Fred's Footsteps
  • Former Board of Directors Member, Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation
  • Former Board of Directors Member, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
  • Former Board Member, Visit Philadelphia
  • Board Member and Past Chairman, National Constitution Center Corporate Council Program
  • Board of Trustees, La Salle University
  • Chairman, Select Greater Philadelphia
  • Independence Health Group Board
  • Former Governing Board Member, Committee of Seventy
  • National Health Lawyers Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, State and Local Tax and Real Property Sections
  • Philadelphia Facilities Task Force
  • Stradley Ronon Diversity Committee
  • Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce


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Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “Innovating to the Top,” B.Phl Innovation Fest
  • Panelist, “The Philadelphia Advantage,” Turning Philadelphia into a Financial Hub, Philadelphia Business Journal
  • Moderator, Main Line Chamber of Commerce Annual Summit on Business Leadership & Corporate Volunteerism
  • Panelist, “Legends of the Bar,” Legends and Rainmakers in Law: Building a Practice, Philadelphia Business Journal
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  • Suburban Life Magazine, "Five-star Attorney"
  • Philadelphia Business Journal, Best of the Bar: Hall of Fame
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer, Influencers of Law – Lifetime Achievement
  • Saint Martin de Porres Award
  • South Jersey Biz, Top CEOs/CFOs
  • South Jersey Biz, Most Successful Executives
  • Philadelphia Business Journal, “Power 100”
  • City & State Pennsylvania, “Power 100”
  • Philly Biz, “Top CEOs and CFOs”
  • The Legal Intelligencer, Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Philadelphia Business Journal, “Most Admired CEOs”
  • Philadelphia Business Journal, “Most Influential Business People in Philadelphia” 
  • Philadelphia Business Journal, “2015 Outstanding Directors”
  • Philadelphia Business Journal, “Power 76”
  • 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 
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center, Reimann Honor 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. He also serves as Chairman of Select Greater Philadelphia, one of the four divisions of the Chamber. 

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 
  • Former Board of Directors Member, Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation 
  • Former Board of Directors Member, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
  • Board of Trustees, La Salle University 
  • Chairman of the Board, Redeemer Health
  • Founding Trustee, Leo Niessen, Jr. Charitable Foundation, which benefits inner-city youth and working women in need and meets health care and educational needs 
  • Former Board President, Cancer Treatment Centers of America – Philadelphia
  • 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
  • Board of Directors of the Children's Scholarship Fund
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