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William Ward Crossett

Workers compensation Attorney at Syracuse, NY

5.0   3 reviews

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About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Workers compensation
    Representing Injured workers and their families since 1982.

    41 years

  2. Social Security & Disability

    41 years

I handled my first workers compensation claim in August of 1982.  At the time I was recently admitted, working alone and supplementing my income by tending bar on the weekends. My first case was the husband of a waitress, who had a hearing notice and did not know what to do. His biggest concern was being disqualified from doing outside work, by reason of his Arm injury. 


Not knowing much about the law I went to the Law Library, found a book that explained the law; I read it from cover to cover. I went to the court and observed how other cases were handled and meant a gracious older attorney who helped me understand the procedure. My client was awarded a small Schedule Loss of Use, which did not disqualify him from outside work and promised him life time medical. My client was delighted, but dismayed when he learned that the outcome did not produce money from which the Judge could award me a fee. I explained the law and my duty to put his interest in from of mine.


My client felt badly, and promised to remember me if he was ever injured in the future. He returned, twenty three years later, when he suffered an injury that ended his working years. We not only helped him with his workers compensation but also with his Social Security Disability and his Private Pension. This time we earned a fair fee.



This experience validated my belief that if I did a good job for my clients that everything else would take care of itself.

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Licensed for 41 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1982
Updated 11/17/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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511 E Fayette St
Syracuse, NY, 13202


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Posted by Dr. M. Ginicola | November 12, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Incredibly Helpful!
I consulted with Attorney Crossett on a patient issue involving workers' compensation. He was incredibly forthright, helpful, and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend!
Response from William Crossett November 22, 2016
Thank You.
Posted by Hugh | August 12, 2013
Review of Wm Crossett
Throughout the course of a very long and complicated case Mr Crossett and his team proved to be very professional and knowledgeable. They also always kept me up to date and treated me with respect whenever I had questions or concerns regarding my case. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
Posted by rdhunter1072 | February 7, 2013
Excellent Workers Comp Lawyer.
I would recommend this lawyer to anyone who needs one. From the intial consultation to the present, he has kept me informed at every step. He has fought and won for me. The best thing I evr did was hire Mr. Crosett and can only praise his work, by thanking him.


  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 10%-25%
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Meggesto, Crossett & Valerino, LLP
  • 1982 - Present
  • Partner
  • Meggesto, Crossett & Valerino,LLP
  • 1982 - Present


  • DePaul University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Syracuse University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978

Legal Cases

  • In the Matter of Everson
  • The court held that vocational factors must be addressed in a LWEC decsion


  • Workers' Compensation Alliance of New York
  • Co-chair
  • 2019 - Present
  • Injured Workers Bar Association of New York
  • Immediate Past President
  • 2015 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Past Chairman
  • 1982 - Present
  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • N/A
  • Injured Workers Bar Association
  • Past Vice President
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Clara Lemlich Award
  • Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Memorial
  • 2012
  • Clara Lemlich
  • Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Memorial
  • 2012
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2012
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  • New York Workers' Compensation Handbook
  • Settlements
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Workers Compensation Law Update
  • Workers Compensation Law Update
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (10)
Endorse William
Unknown Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"William is an excellent lawyer who has developed a law firm and legal practice that delivers results for his clients. William places significant emphasis on educating and informing his clients about their case, their legal rights and all available options."
Workers compensation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill is a highly regarded and very experienced lawyer. Other lawyers frequently seek his advice given his expertise in the field of Worker's Compensation. He is responsive, knowledgeable and easy to work with. I would recommend him on any workers' compensation claim."
Workers compensation Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill is a knowledgeable and experienced Workers' Compensation attorney. As the President of the Injured Workers' Bar Association, he has been working hard to help improve the Workers' Compensation System in New York for injured workers. I would recommend him highly."
Workers compensation Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Crossett. Mr. Crossett is a very experienced attorney and a potential client would be well served by contacting him."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Crossett is one of the finest Workers Compensation attorneys in his state. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legall profession. I highly recommend his legal services."
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