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.

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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.

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Jim has successfully represented his clients in securities actions brought by shareholders, debt holders, and employee stock ownership plans.

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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.

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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.

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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 (1993-2017); 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.

Jim Williams is ‘one of the most able and respected lawyers in the state,’ with an ‘outstanding reputation. He is a usual candidate for high-stakes cases.' –Chambers USA 2014

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Recognitions

Thirty-nine Brooks Pierce attorneys have been recognized in the 2017 edition of North Carolina...(read more)
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Brooks Pierce is pleased to announce that 26 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2015...(read more)
The 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America © recognized 48 Brooks Pierce attorneys as industry...(read more)
15 attorneys and six practice areas are recognized in the 2015 law firm guide (Greensboro, N.C.)...(read more)
Thirty-six Brooks Pierce attorneys have been recognized in the 2015 edition of North Carolina Super...(read more)
Sixteen Brooks Pierce attorneys have been recognized by their peers for inclusion in the 2015...(read more)
Brooks Pierce is pleased to announce that 27 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2014...(read more)
Brooks Pierce has been named a “Highly Recommended” law firm in North Carolina in the 2015 edition...(read more)
The 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© recognized 46 Brooks Pierce attorneys as industry...(read more)
Seven Brooks Pierce practice areas and 15 of the firm’s attorneys are ranked among the best in...(read more)
Business North Carolina magazine publishes annually the “Legal Elite,” lawyers throughout the state...(read more)
Brooks Pierce is pleased to announce that 39 lawyers, representing 46% of the firm’s attorneys,...(read more)
Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP is pleased to announce that 46 lawyers were...(read more)
Brooks Pierce is ranked among the best law firms in North Carolina in the 2013 edition of Chambers...(read more)
Business North Carolina magazine publishes annually the "Legal Elite," lawyers throughout the state...(read more)
Kearns Davis has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2013 Greensboro Criminal Defense: White-Collar "...(read more)
Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP is pleased to announce that 45 lawyers,...(read more)
Brooks Pierce is ranked among the best law firms in North Carolina in the 2012 edition of Chambers...(read more)
Brooks Pierce is pleased to announce that 38 lawyers, representing 43% of the firm’s attorneys,...(read more)
Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP is pleased to announce that 34 lawyers,...(read more)
Brooks Pierce is ranked among the best law firms in North Carolina in the 2011 edition of Chambers...(read more)
Business North Carolina Business North Carolina magazine publishes annually the " Legal Elite " -...(read more)
The Best Lawyers in America Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP is pleased to...(read more)
Business North Carolina magazine publishes annually the "Legal Elite" - lawyers throughout the...(read more)
Brooks Pierce is ranked among the best law firms in North Carolina in the 2009 edition of Chambers...(read more)
Nine Brooks Pierce attorneys were selected by their peers to North Carolina's Legal Elite 2009 ,...(read more)
Eighteen Brooks Pierce Attorneys Named as North Carolina Super Lawyers Brooks, Pierce, McLendon,...(read more)
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