Tens of thousands of people worked at ground zero after the World Trade Center attacks in 2001—looking for survivors, sifting for human remains, and breathing in the dust of the pulverized buildings. Their actions were heroic and lauded at the time. But as the months and years passed, many began to become gravely ill.
William Groner was part of a legal team that brought a mass tort case securing settlements for more than 10,000 such clients. In 9/12: The Epic Battle of the Ground Zero Responders, Groner and journalist Tom Teicholz tell stories about the people involved and the twists and turns of a legal battle with billion-dollar stakes and human lives in the balance.
In the latest episode of the ABA Journal’s Modern Law Library podcast, Groner speaks with Lee Rawles about how this battle changed him personally, the challenge of “being ahead of the science,” and how political interests worsened one of the largest environmental disasters in American history.
He shares what the process of co-writing the book was like and why he thought it was finally time to tell the story of a case that concluded in 2010—and why the heroism that his clients showed is now more important than ever.
Listen to the Podcast