Shook, Hardy & Bacon is pleased to announce that Gene M. Williams has joined the firm’s Houston office as a Partner in its Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation Division.
Over the last 20 years, Williams has defended toxic tort, medical malpractice, pharmaceutical and medical device cases, as well as representing businesses in complex business and intellectual property litigation. He has acted as national and regional counsel for several major pharmaceutical concerns and has headed national trial teams in a variety of pharmaceutical and medical device litigation.
Williams has written numerous journal articles and has given talks at seminars sponsored by the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) and the State Bar of Texas. He is a member of various national, state and local bar associations. He is a Fellow in the Texas Bar Foundation and is an associate in the Houston Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and was named one of the Texas “Super Lawyers” in 2003.
Williams is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in personal injury trial law and civil trial law. He is currently the Chairman of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization Committee for Civil Trial Law that reviews and determines applicant qualifications for such specialization.
Active in the FDCC, Williams is the current Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee and is the past Vice Chair of the Pharmaceutical Liability Committee. He is also a Vice Chair of the Technology Committee and was the first Executive Director of i3stf, which was a non-profit organization set up by the FDCC to facilitate the setting standards for electronic and Internet communication between the purchasers of legal services and the sellers of legal services. He was also appointed as the FDCC’s representative to the Internet Society (ISOC).
Williams received his J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1978 and his B.B.A. from Texas Tech University in 1975.