Mike Williams is a trial lawyer and appellate advocate in the Firm’s Washington office. He has extensive experience leading trials and appeals on behalf of the Firm’s clients in state and federal courts throughout the country. He has handled cases on a broad array of matters, including administrative law, antitrust, banking, constitutional law, copyrights, civil rights, corporate governance, environmental law, finance, media regulation, mergers and acquisitions, product liability, securities regulation, and telecommunications law. Mike also has significant experience serving as national counsel in complex, multi-jurisdictional litigation. In September 2015, the National Law Journal recognized Mike as one of its 40 “Rising Stars” among young Washington lawyers.
Mike is a leader in providing pro bono representation to those in need. His recent pro bono work includes serving as lead counsel in federal habeas corpus proceedings on behalf of death-row prisoners in Florida and Virginia, lead counsel in litigation challenging the over-regulation of traditional African hair braiders in New Jersey, and numerous other cases involving civil rights, criminal sentencing, and immigration. Mike is one of the Pro Bono Coordinators in the Firm’s Washington office and serves on the Firmwide Pro Bono Management Committee. Mike also serves on the 12-person Standing Committee on Access to Pro Bono Legal Services for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Mike is also strongly committed to legal education. He is an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at Georgetown University Law Center. He is an instructor for the D.C. Bar’s Continuing Legal Education courses in Taking and Defending Depositions, Advanced Strategies in Taking and Defending Depositions, and Opening Statements and Closing Arguments. With Judge John Facciola and Debra Katz, he has developed and teaches a DC Bar Continuing Legal Education course on Addressing Annoying and Sometimes Abusive Discovery Tactics. Mike regularly provides lectures and presentations to students and community organizations about legal matters.
Before joining the Firm, Mike served as a law clerk to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on the Supreme Court of the United States (2002-2003) and Chief Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (2001-2002).
Mike received his Juris Doctor, summa cum laude and first in class, from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law & Economics and Senior Book Review & Special Projects Editor of The Georgetown Law Journal. He received his Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. At the School of Foreign Service, Michael was a Peter F. Krogh Scholar, received an Advanced Certificate in Asian Studies, and was inducted into Phi Theta Alpha, the National Honors Society in History, Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honors Society, and Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Honors Society in Economics.
While attending Georgetown, Mike served on the staff of former Congressman Jack Kemp at Empower America and also worked as Guest Relations Manager at the Watergate Hotel. In 2010 Mike became the youngest inductee to the Asbury Park High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
Memberships & Affiliations
Criminal Justice Act Panel Committee, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Judicial Clerkship Advisory Board, Georgetown University Law Center
Section on Litigation, American Bar AssociationThe Federalist Society
Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Toxic Tort, 2015
New Jersey Supreme Court
United States District Court for New Jersey
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit