William H. Groner, Esq.

William H. Groner is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SSAM. Prior, Bill had 35+ years of experience in personal injury and construction law representing personal injury clients as well as insurance and surety companies. During those years Bill participated in hundreds of negotiations involving over One Billion dollars in settlements, with an extensive number of mediations and trials.

Bill handled the 9/11 mass tort litigation representing over 10,000 ground zero responders who were exposed to toxins and contaminants post 9/11. He was a principal negotiator in the decade long litigation which resulted in settlements in excess of $900,000,000.

During his career, Bill has lectured on topics ranging from mediation to ethics to law firm management. Bill has recently been an Adjunct Faculty member at Boston University School of Law teaching a course for 3 years on the Ground Zero mass tort. He has made numerous radio and TV appearances including 20/20 ABC News, CNN (Worldwide), Good Day NY, Fox, and CBS.

Bill has been repeatedly selected as a New York Super Lawyer, characterized as a ‘rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.’ Bill also enjoys the maximum rating available (AV-5.0) from Martindale-Hubbell, which denotes the “highest level of professional excellence.”



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Founder/CEO, SSAM Alternative Dispute Resolution (2016-present)

Hired/trained/supervised neutrals who have conducted 2,000+ mediations for SSAM

Moderator, “Mediation and Arbitration: Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts, Westchester County Bar Association, March 11, 2008

Panelist, “Best Practices for Mediation and Settlement”, New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, February 28, 2017

American Arbitration Association’s “Essential Mediation Skills” course certificate holder




- DeFacto Liaison Counsel (signator on Settlement Agreement) on “most complex mass tort in US history”

- Represented 10,000+ first responders, construction, municipal and utility workers exposed to Ground Zero dust during the rescue, recovery and clean-up operations post 9/11.

- Chief plaintiffs’ architect of points-based compensatory program utilizing millions of medical and causation data points

- Negotiated $900,000,000+ settlement during near decade long litigation




Lecturer in Law, Adjunct Faculty member: “Anatomy of a Mass Tort”
- 2013-2016

Guest Lecturer, “Ground Zero Litigation”
- December 4, 2017; November 18, 2014; November 25, 2013; December 5, 2012

Guest Lecturer, “The Hazardous Impact of Cleaning Up After September 11- Who Is At Fault?”
- March 19, 2007



Creator, Organizing Team Leader, TIER Talks series (Talks that Inspire, Educate and Resonate)

- October 18, 2014: “Rethinking Success: Thriving in the Modern World” series

- October 10, 2015: “Making Waves: Mind-Blowing Breakthroughs in Neuroscience”

-  September 24, 2016: Our Political System On Life Support

- October 7, 2017: Virtual and Augmented Reality: The Future is Now!

- October 6, 2018: The Heat is On: Exploring the Effects of Climate Change

Guest Speaker, Creativity & Innovation class, and Leadership class, School of Management

- October 2, 2014

Alumni Speaker, College in the Woods Commencement Ceremony (Residential College)

- May 6, 2014; May 17, 2008

Featured Speaker, Binghamton University Forum, “Ground Zero Dust, Its Mysterious Medical Consequences and the Resulting Epic First Responders Litigation”

- November 14, 2013

Speaker, College in the Woods, 40th Birthday Anniversary,

- October 14, 2012



Moderator, “Mediation and Arbitration: Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts, Westchester County Bar Association,
- March 11, 2008

Panelist, “Best Practices for Mediation and Settlement”, New York State Trial Lawyers Institute,
- February 28, 2017

Speaker, “Ground Zero Dust, Its Mysterious Medical Consequences and the Resulting Epic First Responders Litigation,” Pace University Law School,
- February 25, 2014

Speaker, “Trial Prep For A Personal Injury Case: 10 Mandatory Tasks For Plaintiff And Defense Litigators,” Westchester County Bar Association,
- April 11, 2007

Organizer and Speaker, “Who Wants to be a M(B)illionaire? Starting, Managing and Building Your Own
- Westchester Law Firm,” Pace University Law School, February, 28, 2007

Speaker, “Workers Compensation/Negligence Interplay,” Westchester County Bar Association,
- December 19, 2006

Organizer and Moderator, “The Top 10 Differences between State Court and Federal Court Practice for
- the Civil Litigator,” Westchester County Bar Association, November 28, 2006

Moderator, New York State Trial Lawyers Institute
- “Decisions Westchester County,” October 21, 2005; October 4, 2002; October 5, 2001

Speaker, New York State Trial Lawyers Institute
- “Decisions NYC,” September 30, 2005; October 15, 2004; October 3, 2003; September 15, 2000; September 18, 1999;
- “Decisions Westchester,” October 29, 2004; October 27, 2000; September 24, 1999
- “Decisions Long Island,” October 19, 2004
- “Trial Preparation Secrets,” January 12, 2000
- “Preparation of Auto Premises Liability Cases,” February 6, 1999

Organizer, Moderator and Speaker, “From The Top And From The Trenches: Does The Civil Jury System Still Work?”
- Westchester County Bar Association, March 24, 2004

Organizer, “Ethics: Setting Up A Conflict Of Interest System In Your Office,” Westchester County Bar
- Association, June 23, 2004

Organizer and Moderator, “Hot from the Judges: ‘Evidentiary Bloopers As Seen By The Gatekeepers,’”
- Westchester County Bar Association, October 22, 2003

Speaker, “Aiding Victims of the World Trade Center Disaster,”
- Pace University Law School, January 16, 2002

Organizer, New York State Trial Lawyers Institute
- “Technology And Law Office Management,” November 10, 1999
- “Motion Practice Do’s and Don’ts,” June 17, 1999
- “How to Handle it: Ethical Dilemmas for Litigators,” April 15, 1999



9/12: From Me to We

ABA Journal Modern Law Library Podcast: October 30, 2019
Legal Talk Network: October 30, 2019
Sirius XM- POTUS channel
Chip Franklin Show
WBAP News Talk
WOCA New Talk
The Jim Bohannin Show
KMOX Overnight America
Ross Kaminsky Show, Denver


Numerous- Available upon request



Co-Author: 9/12: The Epic Battle of the Ground Zero Responders (Potomac Books 2019)
(currently in development with Sony Pictures Television for TV limited series)

In re World Trade Center Disaster Site Litigation, 521 F.3d 169, (2008). On the brief.

In re World Trade Center Disaster Site Litigation, 456 F.Supp.2d 520, S.D.N.Y., (2006).On the brief.



Boston University School of Law, J.D. (1980)

Binghamton University, B.A. (1977)



Boston University School of Law: Annual Shapiro Lecture (forthcoming 2021)

Binghamton University Alumni Achievement Award (2019)

Binghamton University Alumni Association
- Board of Directors (2013- 2018)

New York State Trial Lawyers Association:
- Board of Directors (1990-2006)
- President/Founder of Westchester Chapter (1998-2006)

Westchester County Bar Association:
- Executive Committee (2005-2008)
- Board of Directors (2004-2009)
- Co-Chair, Trial Committee (2003-2011)
- Chair Membership Committee (2004-2006)

New York “Super Lawyers” list, (2009-2017)

American Trial Lawyers Association “Top 100 Trial Lawyers– New York” list, 2009

National Trial Lawyers “Top 100 Lawyers” list, 2008-2015

Million Dollar Advocates Forum: Member



1981, New York State Courts

1981, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York