William Friedlander

Friedlander, Friedlander & Arcesi, P.C.
103 West Seneca Street
Suite 301
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 727-4972


  As a practicing attorney for more than 40 years, Attorney William S. Friedlander’s practice has been primarily devoted to personal injury law and wrongful death. Bill has been named to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers.    Bill’s substantial litigation experience includes representing clients in nursing home cases, injury and wrongful death cases arising from accidents (including car, truck bus, motorcycle, and construction matters), birth injuries, medical malpractice, lead paint exposure, and natural gas contamination in water as the result of Marcellus Shale hydraulic fracturing.    Bill’s personal injury and litigation practice has grown to include representing those injured in school violence, and the families who have lost a loved one due to school violence. Bill is the lead attorney in a high-profile case involving the son of a client who allegedly died in a fraternity hazing incident at Cornell University (see the accompanying video).   Bill is also a co-founder of the School Safety Violence and Misconduct Litigation Group which represents victims of violence on schools and University campuses.    Bill joined the firm in 1974 after graduating from Boston University and Stetson University College of Law.  

Professional Memberships and Affiliations:

  Bill is a charter member of the American Association for Justice President’s Club, and has served as past Chair of the Small Firm Solo Practitioner and Family Law sections of the American Association for Justice. He has also Chaired the Firearms and Ammunition Litigation Group.    Bill is a current member of the Board of Directors of the New York Academy of Trial Lawyers and a former Board Member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and is a past President of his local Bar Association.    Bill is a co-founder of the Northern Tier Gas and Exploration Counsel, a litigation group formed to help landowners in the Marcellus Shale area to hold gas exploration companies liable for water contamination.    He also serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Nursing Home Litigation Group, which he helped form in 2005. He has published many articles in national legal magazines and has lectured throughout the United States on numerous legal topics. He recently appeared at the New Jersey Trial Lawyers Boardwalk seminar Top 10 Lawyers of America program.  


  • Boston University
  • Stetson University College of Law


  Bill is admitted to practice in the state courts for the states of New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida, as well as many United States District Courts throughout the United States. He is also admitted in numerous United States Courts of Appeals in the Second, Third, Fifth, and Eleventh Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court.