Bar Admissions
New York

New Jersey

United States District Court, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of New York

United States District Court, District of New Jersey

Second Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals

Third Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals

Practice Areas
  • Hospitality and Restaurant Risk-Management

  • Liability Defense

  • Products Liability

  • Personal Injury and Property Damage Defense

  • Commercial Premises Liability

  • Homeowner Premises Liability

  • Construction Accidents

  • Commercial Vehicular Liability

  • Private Vehicular Liability

  • Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination

  • Construction Defense Claims

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Creditor/Debtor Rights Litigation

  • Insurance Coverage

  • Mediation and Arbitration

Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York (J.D., Ranking Scholar & Dean's List, 1994)
Cornell University Ithaca, New York (B.A., Dean's List, 1991)

William H. Grae

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WILLIAM H. GRAE is a partner at the New York and northern New Jersey offices. He received a B.A. in anthropology from Cornell in 1991 and a J.D. from Pace Law School in 1994, graduating as a ranking scholar and Dean’s List honoree. While at Pace, Mr. Grae divided his time between the John Jay Legal Services Health Law Clinic, funded through a Root-Tilden-Kern grant, and membership in the Pace Environmental Law Review, while also teaching part-time at several area high schools and an English-as-a-Second Language program in New York City’s Chinatown.

Mr. Grae’s subsequent eclectic practice has focused on personal-injury liability defense. His broad range of trial and appellate experience in this area primarily has been on behalf of insurers and self-insured entities, principally involving construction-site accidents, commercial- and residential-premises liability, defense of interstate motor-carriers in catastrophic truck accidents, and litigation of related coverage issues, in state and federal courts throughout New York and New Jersey. However, Mr. Grae also has significant experience as a risk-management consultant and defense counsel for members of the restaurant and hospitality industry.

In the field of mass torts, Mr. Grae also has significant experience with pharmaceutical, asbestos, lead, firearm and aviation-related risk management, investigation, and litigation.  This has included serving as coordinating counsel as well as local counsel of record defending air carriers and their codeshare partners, drug manufacturers, and automobile manufacturers facing product-liability claims.

However, in addition to his work in the area of personal-injury defense, Mr. Grae also has more than two decades of experience defending and counseling financial and other commercial entities. This has included assisting financial entities overcome CFPB compliance challenges as well as defending consumer-credit, FDCPA, FCRA, Lanham Act, consumer fraud, usury, and related liability claims in state and federal courts. 

Mr. Grae’s appellate experience includes preparation of briefs and argument before the Second circuit Court of Appeals, New York State Court of Appeals and several departments of the New York Appellate Division. His active alternate-dispute resolution practice includes multi-party mediations and arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association, federal mediators and independent arbitrators. His coverage opinions have been relied upon both by insurers and reinsurers of catastrophic personal and property losses in the United States, Europe and Australia.

On a pro bono basis, Mr. Grae has served as a Special Assistant District Attorney with the Appeals Bureau of the Office of the Kings County District Attorney in New York. In 2004, he was certified by the State of New Jersey as an Animal Cruelty Investigator and later was commissioned as a Humane Enforcement Officer with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Animal Cruelty Task Force/Bergen County Chapter of the New Jersey SPCA (Law Enforcement Division). Mr. Grae also sporadically serves as an arbitrator in the City of New York Small Claims Court. He has lectured on construction–accident liability under New York’s Labor Law, professional malpractice risk management, and other litigation-related subjects.

When not practicing, Mr. Grae also works in freelance professional photography.


Professional Associations

Association of the Bar of the City of New York