Michael Williams
Practice Areas
Industries
Representative Clients
  • Aimco
  • Electrolux
  • General Electric - National Trial Counsel
  • Slawson Companies
  • Whirlpool - National Trial Counsel

Michael Williams
 
"Mike possesses the rare ability to communicate with business leaders in a meaningful way."
–Client comment to The Legal 500 US

Mike Williams represents sophisticated clients in a wide variety of complex, high-stakes, and often novel business disputes. Public and private companies engage Mike to represent them in some of their most important legal matters, including the defense of class actions and the pursuit of damages arising from breach of contract, intentional torts, and denials of insurance coverage.

Mike is known for delivering compelling trial arguments that clear a path to exceptional courtroom results. At the same time, he identifies meaningful common interests to help bring parties together amid stark differences. Mike consistently finds a way to resolve his clients' significant legal and business concerns through effective litigation and pre-suit counseling.    

National outlets have recognized Mike for his defense of consumer class actions. As co-counsel, he tried a certified class action trial for Whirlpool to a defense jury verdict in Ohio federal court. Mike has successfully defended more than 100 class actions at the pretrial stages for a range of companies. Such cases have involved allegations of product defect, false advertising, unfair consumer practices, and environmental torts. 

Mike’s experience also includes national coordination of pattern and mass tort litigation and related regulatory investigations. He has represented international manufacturers, retailers, investment companies, small businesses, and individuals in more than 25 states across the country.

Mike is listed in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers, The Legal 500 US, Benchmark Litigation, and Colorado Super Lawyers. The Legal 500 US quotes clients and peers who describe Mike as "exceptional," "always available," "a great trial strategist," and possessing "the rare ability to communicate with business leaders in a meaningful way."

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Chambers USA
     General Commercial Litigation, Colorado, 2016-2019
     Consumer Class Actions, National, 2019
BTI Consulting
    Client Service All-Star, 2015
The Best Lawyers in America
    Denver Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions Lawyer of the Year, 2016
    Commercial Litigation, 2013-2019
    Mass Tort/Class Actions Litigation, 2011-2019
    Product Liability Litigation, 2014-2019
    Personal Injury Litigation, 2019
The Legal 500 US
    Litigation: Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense, 2007-2013, 2015
Benchmark Litigation
    Commercial Litigation - Colorado, 2014-2016, 2018
    Future Star - Colorado, 2013
Colorado Super Lawyers
    
Class Actions/Mass Torts, 2014-2019
    Top 100, 2016-2017
Law Week Colorado
    "People's Choice" Class Action/Mass Tort Defense Lawyer, 2016-2018
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Member, Product Liability Advisory Council
Member, International Association of Defense Counsel
Member, Next Gen Advisory Board, Institute for Complex Litigation &
    Mass Claims, Emory Law School
Member, Defense Research Institute
The Network of Trial Law Firms
American Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association

Personal Interests

Family (three young daughters), fly fishing, skiing


Mike Williams specializes in complex commercial disputes that often involve novel legal issues. A versatile attorney, Mike has won national recognition for his defense of companies in high-stakes class actions while also helping clients recover large damages awards and injunctive relief in some of their most important matters. Mike is ranked in Chambers USA and has been named a BTI Consulting Client Service All-Star. 

Representative Cases
Representative Clients
  • Aimco
  • Electrolux
  • General Electric - National Trial Counsel
  • Slawson Companies
  • Whirlpool - National Trial Counsel
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Chambers USA
     General Commercial Litigation, Colorado, 2016-2019
     Consumer Class Actions, National, 2019
BTI Consulting
    Client Service All-Star, 2015
The Best Lawyers in America
    Denver Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions Lawyer of the Year, 2016
    Commercial Litigation, 2013-2019
    Mass Tort/Class Actions Litigation, 2011-2019
    Product Liability Litigation, 2014-2019
    Personal Injury Litigation, 2019
The Legal 500 US
    Litigation: Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense, 2007-2013, 2015
Benchmark Litigation
    Commercial Litigation - Colorado, 2014-2016, 2018
    Future Star - Colorado, 2013
Colorado Super Lawyers
    
Class Actions/Mass Torts, 2014-2019
    Top 100, 2016-2017
Law Week Colorado
    "People's Choice" Class Action/Mass Tort Defense Lawyer, 2016-2018
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Member, Product Liability Advisory Council
Member, International Association of Defense Counsel
Member, Next Gen Advisory Board, Institute for Complex Litigation &
    Mass Claims, Emory Law School
Member, Defense Research Institute
The Network of Trial Law Firms
American Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association

Government Service

Law Clerk to The Honorable Nancy Gertner, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 2000-2001

Personal Interests

Family (three young daughters), fly fishing, skiing

Articles/Presentations
Press

Education
  • Yale Law School, J.D., 2000
    The Yale Law Journal, Senior Editor
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., Government and Economics, summa cum laude, 1997
    Phi Beta Kappa
    Pi Sigma Alpha
    Omicron Delta Epsilon
Government Service

Law Clerk to The Honorable Nancy Gertner, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 2000-2001

Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court