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Touro Law Center is proud to announce William Ricigliano, Class of 1994 as Alum of the Month for July 2016!
William Ricigliano founded William Ricigliano, P.C. in 2001 to use his skills as an attorney to help victims of catastrophic personal injury. Since that time, he has obtained significant verdicts in both New York and New Jersey and has been named a Metro Area Super Lawyer for the past three years. Mr. Ricigliano views advocacy and trial practice as a craft and is dedicated to developing new and creative methods of telling his client's unique stories.
Mr. Ricigliano realized his interest in law in high school and set himself on the course to advocate for others. He states, “I decided I wanted to be a trial lawyer because the idea of being an advocate and a voice to tell the story of someone who was not able to do it themselves was very appealing to me and something I believed I could do.”
He began Touro Law in 1991. He remembers his first year Contracts class with Professor Richard Harbus as being the first time he started to think like a lawyer. He excelled in law school while enjoying the work. Mr. Ricigliano was president of the Columbian Lawyers Association for 2 of his three years in law school and was a member of Moot Court, where he honed the skills he was learning in the classroom.
As founder of his own law firm, he developed his firm’s motto – Trust the Results because he believes earning his clients’ trust and obtaining their desired results are the firm’s top priority. The firm is client centric and focuses on the person's individual needs and expectations during some of the most difficult times in their lives. His philosophy is to work tirelessly, while also having the compassion to listen and learn how his clients cope with their injuries, so he can effectively be their voice in seeking justice.
Mr. Ricigliano is an active member and supporter of many organizations including the North American Brain Injury Society, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and the American Association for Justice to name a few. He has authored more than 30 legal articles and a legal book titled Premises Liability Claims: A Guide to Defending Owners.
As for current and prospective law students, Mr. Ricigliano has this advice, “If you love the practice of law and find that it’s your calling, it’s an incredibly rewarding way to make a living. Additionally, no matter what your area of practice, when your clients come to you they are usually vulnerable and worried and their level of anxiety is high. They are looking for assurances from you that you will do everything you can to help them. So make sure you give them as much compassion and patience as you can. Treat your clients like you would want to be treated if you were hiring someone to represent you.” He continued, “Treat the practice of law like a craft. It is important to continue to learn throughout your career. Always strive to be a better lawyer and obtain the best results for your client and you will stand out and excel as a true professional.”