01: Attorneys

William S. Spiegel

  • Phone:

    (212) 323-7075
  • Fax:

    (212) 323-7099
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Court Admissions

U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of New York
U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey


William S. Spiegel is a Partner in Rawle & Henderson’s New York City office. He represents healthcare providers in virtually all medical specialty fields.

William is a trial attorney with multiple verdicts in medical and dental malpractice, nursing home negligence, and general liability actions. He has obtained defendants’ verdicts in high-exposure trials in Bronx County, Kings County, Queens County, Richmond County and New York County. He also represents physicians before the Office of Professional Medical Conduct and dentists before the Office of Professional Discipline.

William has additional experience defending nurses, chiropractors, podiatrists, optometrists, psychiatrists, speech therapists, physical therapists, audiologists, massage therapists and medical clinics. He has also successfully argued several appeals before the First and Second Departments.

William was honored to be appointed by Alex Azar II, Secretary of Health & Human Services, to serve as a member of the United States’ Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines (ACCV) of the Health Resources and Services Administration for 2020 – 2023.

William regularly lectures to dental students at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and the New York University College of Dentistry.  Every year, William presents a mock trial to the NYU Dental School.

William’s practice also includes matters of defense in cases of premises liability, product liability, business and contract law, and municipal liability.

William has been selected by Thomson Reuters as a New York Super Lawyer every year since 2013. Only 5% of attorneys in New York State receive this honor. He was recently voted as one of New York’s Top 100 medical malpractice defense litigators, and the national Top 100 Civil Defense Attorneys. William consistently achieves the highest possible peer review rating of AV Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell.

Prior to joining Rawle & Henderson LLP, William was a founding partner of a New York City-based law firm focusing on medical and dental malpractice defense, the defense of nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities. He is a former Assistant Corporation Counsel to the City of New York – Medical Malpractice Division.


New York School of Law, New York NY (J.D. 1998)
Dean’s Scholarship   1995-1998
Yale University, New Haven CT
Parkinson’s Disease Research Laboratory – Medical Assistant and Research Assistant 1991-1993
University of San Diego,   San Diego CA (B.A. 1989 cum laude)

Professional Associations

New York State Medical Defense Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
New York County Lawyers’ Association
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
Defense Research Institute
Physicians Insurers Association of America
Professional Liability Defense Federation
Medical Professional Liability Association

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