Widely recognized by his peers and clients as a top litigator, Jim Williams represents corporate and professional organizations in high-stakes cases involving complex business disputes related to securities, antitrust issues, contracts and intellectual property.
Jim focuses on business litigation, and throughout his career has handled numerous complex cases in federal and state courts, the North Carolina Business Court, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. He represents clients in many types of disputes, including class actions suits, securities, antitrust and corporate governance.
Jim has been widely recognized by his peers and clients as a top litigator. In 2012, Jim received the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award, the highest award bestowed by the N.C. Bar Association. In 2010, he was honored as the third person to receive the Advocate's Award, given by the N.C. Bar Association’s Litigation Section in recognition of leaders in the profession. Jim is a member of Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” Hall of Fame, and has been consistently listed in The Best Lawyers in America©, North Carolina Super Lawyers and Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.
Jim represents businesses in litigation involving federal antitrust claims under the Sherman and Robinson-Patman Acts. He advocates on behalf of clients in disputes between competitors, disputes between suppliers and customers, and litigation stemming from relationships between manufacturers and franchises.
Jim has successfully represented his clients in securities actions brought by shareholders, debt holders, and employee stock ownership plans.
Jim represents accounting firms and law firms on liability issues, usually involving corporate transactions that have resulted in claims of fraud, negligence, negligent misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, conspiracy, unfair trade practices, and securities violations.
As an intellectual property litigator, Jim represents businesses in a variety of industries on issues related to trademark/copyright infringement, trade secrets, patents, privacy breaches and Internet and digital marketing.
Received the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award, the highest award bestowed by the North Carolina State Bar (2012)
Received the Advocate’s Award given by the North Carolina Bar Association’s Litigation Section in recognition of superstars of the profession (2010)
Received the Medallion of Merit Award, the highest honor awarded by Wake Forest University, 2016
Received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Wake Forest University, 2014
Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Antitrust Law, Education Law (1993-2018); Greensboro "Lawyer of the Year" for Antitrust Law (2015)
Recognized by his peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" in Litigation (2002-2003, 2005, 2007), and Antitrust and Trade Law (2002-2003); also permanently recognized in the "Legal Elite Hall of Fame"
Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) in Business Litigation (2006-2017); Top 100 Lawyers (2006-2017); Top 10 Lawyers (2006-2009, 2011-2013)
Recognized in Super Lawyers Business Edition for Business Litigation (2015)
Recognized by his peers for inclusion in Benchmark Litigation for Antitrust, General Commercial and Securities (2016-2017)
Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Litigation: General Commercial (2004-2017), Antitrust Law (2008-2014) and as a star individual in Litigation (2007); also named a "Senior Statesman" in Antitrust Law
Chair (2009-2012) and Member (2002-present), Board of Trustees, Wake Forest University
Board Member, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, 2012 – present
Board Member, Wake Forest University Health Sciences, 2008 – present
Chair (2007-2009), and Member, Board of Directors (2004-2010), Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro
Member, Board of Trustees, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, 1997-2001, 2006-2011
Chair, NC State Committee of American College of Trial Lawyers, 2002-04
Member, American College of Trial Lawyers, 1989-present
Board of Managers, Verger Capital Management, 2014-present
I am comfortable in the courtroom when trials are necessary.