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
Conversationally Fluent in Spanish
I help other lawyers research and write. Appellate litigation is my primary focus, but I also provide pre-litigation assessments, support trial teams by preparing briefs and motions, aid in mediation preparation, and conduct moot courts in advance of oral arguments. I am a generalist with both civil and criminal experience and pride myself on mastering detail quickly and efficiently. If you are too busy to handle legal writing tasks, would rather focus your efforts elsewhere, want a second set of eyes on a case or filing, or face a conflicts issue in an appeal, reach out and see how I can help.
At Harvard, I 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 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, and observed the process of judges deciding cases. Despite what is portrayed on television, appeals are 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.
In many cases, the same is true even before an appeal. When cases are resolved before trial, written motions and briefs submitted to the court drive the settlement amount. 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. This provided a base of experience in many types of litigation that I now deploy to the benefit of my clients. 
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. The more complex the problem, the better equipped I am to help.
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