James David Williams
Member, Law Office of James David Williams PLLC
Litigation Associate, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Law Clerk to Hon. Eugene E. Siler, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Harvard Law School, J.D. 2016 cum laude
Wofford College, B.A. 2013 magna cum laude
I help other lawyers research and write. And not only appeals, but also trial court briefs and motions. Substantively, I am a generalist with both civil and criminal experience. If you are too busy to handle legal writing tasks, would rather focus your efforts on other things, or are dealing with a conflicts issue in an appeal, then my services offer you a solution.
I also maintain a general litigation practice in North Carolina to serve the needs of businesses and individuals.
I grew up in the small town of Williamsburg, Kentucky, and learned the importance of relationships in life and business. I carry that with me and strive to learn the details of my clients’ businesses so we can work together to solve their legal problems.
At Harvard, I excelled in my studies but more importantly honed my approach to reasoning. Discussing the finer points of the law improved my ability to formulate pointed and persuasive arguments by forcing me to know all the details and to state them clearly.
After law school, I served as a law clerk for a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. I read appellate briefs, prepared detailed legal memoranda at the request of my judge, and observed the process of judges deciding cases. Despite what is portrayed on television, appeals are frequently decided based on the written briefs submitted before oral argument takes place. The purpose of oral argument is to reassure judges. The real work is done beforehand.
The same is often true before an appeal can be taken. When cases are resolved before trial, written motions and briefs submitted to the court drive the settlement amount. And if a case does go to trial, the questions that trial will resolve are shaped by written motions and briefs. The importance of legal writing in litigation cannot be understated.
I then worked for one of the largest litigation-focused law firms in the world. Every day I was in the trenches in high-stakes litigation—both civil and criminal—relentlessly working to achieve real results for clients. For the beginning of my career, it was a great environment. But it had setbacks: I rarely met the clients for whom I was working and the firm could only handle the biggest cases. So I took a leap of faith and embarked down my own path, a path where I focus on building partnerships with my clients and meeting their needs.
I have experience in many types of litigation. While I focus on certain phases of a case, I can help you with any type of case—a business contract gone wrong, a stifling government regulation, a criminal prosecution, a theft of intellectual property, a complicated business structure to wrongly prevent financial recovery, a messy employee separation—and others. My skill set enables me to quickly grasp the details and nuances of new legal issues and factual scenarios, all while placing specific cases in the wider legal system to make compelling arguments.
I leverage my skills and tenacity to help individuals and businesses solve problems. The more complex the problem, the better equipped I am to help. And if you don’t know exactly what type of legal issue you have, I can help you sort through it. Give me a call or send a message to begin a relationship to meet your legal needs.
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