A graduate of SUNY Buffalo and Brooklyn Law School, Mr. Ferro began his career with the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Division.
There he served as an aggressive public defender, tackling numerous challenging cases over two years. He subsequently entered private practice and continued to handle high profile criminal defense matters, civil rights violations involving police brutality, as well as personal injury cases.
Additionally he has successfully litigated more than one dozen homicide cases. Today, the firm’s personal injury department handles upwards of 1,000 active files, representing hundreds of new accident victims each year. The firm prides itself on taking on cases and causes other law firms might decline in an effort to highlight injustices that occur in our community. The firm has offices in Hauppauge and Manhattan as well as the Liga De Justicia Brentwood Law Center.
Five years ago, Ferro, Kuba, Mangano, Sklyar, P.C. founded Liga De Justicia, a unique legal center connecting Spanishspeaking clients to the firm. The increase in FKMS’ Hispanic client-base drew Mr. Ferro’s attention to the needs of Long Island’s underserved Latino community.
The firm opened the first Liga De Justicia community based law center in Brentwood, Long Island and another in Jackson Heights.The firm has subsequently devoted great efforts to community service, contributing school supplies, donating to local food and toy drives during the holiday seasons, offering annual flu vaccines and water to day laborers with Rev. Alan Ramirez. Just before the holidays, the firm has converted its Brentwood location for the past several years into a toy store for families. Last year the projected turnout was so overwhelming, the firm moved the event to the Hauppauge location in order to service twice as many families as in years past. Liga De Justicia in conjunction with FKMS created a magical holiday experience for a staggering number of families in need. In addition to these events, FKMS was the first Long Island company to collect goods and needed items for the victims of the earthquake in Guatemala.
The firm delivered two 27 foot U-hauls to JFK airport as part of the emergency relief effort. The firm sponsors cultural events, such as the Brentwood Salsa Festival and the Guatemalan festival in Westhampton. In 2011, William was asked to serve as a Grand Marshall of the New York City Dominican day Parade. Additionally, the firm has taken an active role in the Latin entertainment industry, by sponsoring and promoting concerts for Grammy winning artists like Luis Fonsi, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Hector Acosta and others through its partnership with Kevin Montano of the Creative Media Group.
For the past two years, Liga De Justicia is proud to have partnered with the County of Nassau to present Noche Latina, a free concert and cultural event in Nassau County. Last year it was attended by more than 4,000 people with 6,000 or more expected this year on August 27.
In May 2011, the firm launched a new Spanish language radio program, Alegria Al Medio Dia which airs weekdays on La Fiesta 98.5 FM. The show booked by Bernardino Rosario and Astrid Cordoba has been highly successful, highlighting topics relevant to the Latino community and offering a platform for up-and-coming artists to showcase their talents.
The man behind FKMS and Liga De Justicia is a man who gives to communities more than he takes from them. His quest to reach out, assist and advise those in need has provided rewards far greater than personal fortune. He has developed a reputation for compassion in communities where life is hard and struggles are real. William has created a trusting environment at Liga De Justicia that allows the community to know the doors are always open to Latinos in today’s tough political climate that are looking for answers, assistance and protection.
William’s strong family values go far beyond his own roots. The way FKMS and Liga are run is an indication that family and loyalty are a true priority. That is evident in the longevity of his employees, many of which have been with the firm ten years or longer. His continued involvement in the Jericho School District long after his own children graduated, is another indication of how important family and community relations are to him.
William is a man with creativity, compassion, strong grass root values, a desire to assist and aid those in need and a dedication to those among which he is surrounded. These things accompanied by his love for music, his family, friends and his never ending quest for adventure makes him the success he is today.
In 2010 William was named one of Long Island’s Most Influential People by Long Island Business News. He is currently president of the Jericho School District Board of Education. Previously he sat as an advisory board member of Pronto of Long Island and served on the Board of Directors at Fundación Hispanoamericana.