The list honors 50 attorneys; “each has shown a deep passion and perseverance in pursuit of their mission, having achieved remarkable successes along the way,” said Kenneth A. Gary, Vice President and Group Publisher, the National Law Journal & Legal Times.For the past 20 years, Williams has focused his trial practice on complex litigation and trial practice management. With extensive experience representing companies in numerous industries, Williams handles cases involving commercial, product liability and injury claims in individual, multi-plaintiff and class action litigation.
In addition to his trial work, Williams has received national recognition for his innovative use of alternative financial arrangements and strategic litigation management techniques to curtail legal spend and effectively manage otherwise unpredictable litigation.
For more than a decade, Williams has managed Shook’s role as Tyco International’s National Counsel for Insured Litigation, leading a team of Shook lawyers in a flat-fee partnership with the company. In 2012, American Lawyer noted the firm’s representation of Tyco in its feature story on the firm as winner of the Product Liability Litigation Department of the Year Award. The Association of Corporate Counsel recognized Shook and Tyco as inaugural ACC Value Champions for “effectively driving value by cutting spending, improving predictability, and achieving better legal outcomes.”
Williams has achieved a rare feat; in 2015, Williams received his second ACC Value Champion honor. The ACC recognized Williams’ client HEICO and Shook as ACC Value Champions for their work to improve legal outcomes, reduce costs, decrease case variations, and improve efficiency and value of legal services.
In addition to his ACC Value Champion honors, Williams has been recognized by local and national publications including being named a Rising Star by Kansas City Business magazine and a Future Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business recognized Williams’ “great ability to come up with effective ideas and strategies” and “energetic and aggressive, yet balanced” approach to litigation.
Shook’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Division Chair Madeleine McDonough was honored as an inaugural Litigation Trailblazer in 2014; Energy Chair Tristan Duncan was a 2015 Trailblazer in energy and environment.