As a founding member of the firm and managing partner, Mr. Williams has been providing expert advice to businesses and individuals for more than 20 years. He has worked with owners, CEOs, managers, general counsels and bankers in the context of both commercial litigation and business counseling.
Mr. Williams has extensive experience counseling businesses, litigating business disputes and negotiating business transactions. Mr. Williams’ client list includes national banks, national consulting firms, manufacturing businesses, technology firms and real estate professionals.
Mr. Williams has successfully represented public banking institutions in commercial cases across the nation. He has investigated and prosecuted cases involving secured transactions and he has defended complex commercial cases in a variety of contexts. Focusing on a cost-effective approach to litigation, Mr. Williams has consistently achieved successful results for his clients at trial and through negotiated settlements.
Mr. Williams also represents business concerns and entrepreneurs on the full-spectrum of business issues ranging from acquisitions to entity selection to divestitures. Mr. Williams’ understanding of business transactions stems, in part, from his personal involvement with several companies, including start-ups. Mr. Williams enjoys counseling his clients on how best to structure their business practices so as to minimize litigation and liability risks without compromising their business objectives. Whether serving as outside general counsel or assisting in-house counsel, Mr. Williams seeks to bring his business and legal perspectives to bear on each situation. Mr. Williams also has substantial experience in financial and estate planning and in negotiating executive employment agreements.
Mr. Williams is actively involved in the community. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Latin School of Chicago, serves on the Board of Directors of CARPLS, Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services, and is Chairman of the METROsquash Windy City Open. He is also a board director of NACCO Industries, Inc.
Mr. Williams was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1994, and is a graduate of Yale University (B.A., cum laude, 1991) and the University of Michigan Law School (J.D. 1994).