William A. Rome
Phone: (212) 603-6351 Fax: (212) 956-2164
Mr. Rome is a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation & ADR Department, and a member of the Firm's Executive Committee, and concentrates his practice in general commercial and complex litigation in the Federal and State Courts. He has litigated commercial disputes involving employment contracts, notes, bonds, guarantees, licenses, letters of credit, insurance contracts, indemnification agreements, shareholder and partnership agreements and professional liability. He has substantial experience in defending and prosecuting claims in arbitration fora including the AAA, NYSE and NASD (now FINRA) and has tried cases on behalf of both claimants and respondents in the securities area. He also serves as a FINRA arbitrator. He represents individuals and media entities in the area of publication torts and related intellectual property claims, and has argued numerous times in the appellate courts, including the New York Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Areas of Practice:
Commonwealth of Massachusetts,
Courts of Appeals in the Second, Sixth and Ninth Circuit
United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
New York University School of Law, J.D.
University of Pennsylvania, B.A.
magna cum laude
At New York University School of Law he was awarded First Prize in the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers Nathan Burkan national competition for a paper on copyright law. For the last 19 years he has been a basketball tournament director and co-founder of a charitable organization known as Patrick’s PALS which raises funds and awareness for Fragile X Syndrome.
Prior to joining the Firm, William was associated with and a partner at Hoffman & Pollok LLP for seventeen years. His experience included the defense and prosecution of commercial contract disputes and frequently civil fraud claims. In the following representative matters, William:
- Defended a CEO of a public company in an SEC enforcement action and related foreign investigation
- Generated a seven figure settlement for a consultant arising out of a public works project
- Litigated a four year family partnership dispute involving ownership of a liability insurer
- Obtained a substantial settlement for a real estate firm defrauded by a payroll company
- Litigated court/arbitration proceedings to obtain benchmark payments on the development of a new drug under a licensing agreement
- Participated in internal investigations for a condominium board and financial entities leading to the indictment of wrongdoers
William began his career as an associate at Stroock&Stroock&Lavan in its New York Office (1985—1995) where he acquired experience as a civil litigator in the areas of products liability and insurance defense, copyright and trademark, including licensing and software disputes, the First Amendment and publication torts, commercial litigation involving various types of business entities, securities and RICO. He developed and participated in nationwide strategies and litigation in the pharmaceutical and automotive industry and had first chair experience in preparing and trying cases, defended and/or took in excess of 100 depositions and argued several appeals.