Michael F. Williams is a Partner in the Firm's Washington, D.C. office, where his practice includes trial and appellate litigation before federal and state courts across the country. Michael has broad experience representing clients in litigation matters involving administrative law, antitrust, banking, constitutional law, contracts, civil rights, corporate governance, finance, insurance, media regulation, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation, shareholder rights, and telecommunications law. Representative clients include Bain Capital, the Boeing Company, the Hershey Company, Honeywell International Inc., Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, Siemens, AG, Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd., Time Warner Inc., Verizon Communications Inc., and Verizon Wireless.
Michael also has experience counseling clients with respect to government investigations and compliance issues as part of the Firm's White Collar Criminal Defense Practice. He maintains an active pro bono caseload on subjects as diverse as criminal and sentencing law, family law, immigration law, constitutional law, and civil rights.
Apart from his work at Kirkland, Michael is active in community and professional organizations, participating regularly in moot courts and events sponsored by the Georgetown University Supreme Court Institute and the National Association of Attorneys General. He is the Instructor for the District of Columbia Bar's Pre-Trial Skills Series Course "Taking and Defending Depositions." He is also the Co-Instructor (with Judge John M. Facciola and Debra L. Katz) for the District of Columbia Bar's Continuing Legal Education Seminar "Dealing with Annoying and Sometimes Abusive Discovery Tactics." Michael frequently provides lectures on the law and the judiciary for various non-profit and educational institutions, and he provides occasional lectures on international history and politics at Georgetown University.
Before joining Kirkland, Michael served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (2001–2002) and as a law clerk to Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on the Supreme Court of the United States (2002–2003).
Michael 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.
In May 2010, Michael became the youngest inductee into 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