The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce has announced that William R. Sasso, chairman of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP, will receive the 2006 William Penn Award.
The William Penn Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a business person in Greater Philadelphia. Awarded annually since 1949, recipients are chosen for their outstanding contributions toward the betterment of the region, their professional accomplishments, and their commitment to charity as well as to the community. The selection committee is comprised of past honorees.
Mr. Sasso will be honored at the William Penn Award Gala on Friday, April 20 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue.
Mr. Sasso has been chairman of Stradley Ronon since 1994.In addition, he is widely recognized for his civic accomplishments. A former chairman of the Chamber's board of directors, he currently is a member of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau board and executive committee, and a trustee of his alma mater LaSalle University, among many other commitments.
During his 30-plus years of legal experience, Mr. Sasso has broadened his practice areas significantly. He counsels private and public companies and religious and nonprofit organizations in various matters, including general corporate and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, health care, tax and real estate.
Mr. Sasso was recently honored with the American Jewish Committee's Judge Learned Hand Award, presented each year to a member of the Philadelphia Bar. He was also included in the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, regarded as a definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States.
Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP's summer associate program was recently ranked 18th out of 172 firms nationally and sixth among Philadelphia firms in the 2006 American Lawyer Summer Associates Survey.
The survey drew responses from more than 6,700 law school students, each of whom worked at least three weeks at one of the 172 law firms listed.
The survey ranked firms on nine areas of job satisfaction, including the interest level of the work and how much of it was 'real,' the training and guidance, interactions with partners and full-time associates, how well the firm communicated its goals, how accurately it portrayed itself in interviews, how it rated overall as a place to work, and the respondents' inclination to accept a job if one were offered.