Jeffrey T. Williams

Partner

Cleveland
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Overview

Jeff Williams is a litigator with more than 25 years of experience across a variety of subject areas. Recently, his practice has focused on large-scale employment litigation and government investigations, including qui tam actions alleging violations of the False Claims Act. Jeff concentrates on developing cost-effective litigation strategies that achieve client-defined goals as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Select Experience

  • Defended California-based class actions involving various alleged violations of California wage and hour law, including two cases in which class certification was defeated and one that settled pre-certification for the cost of defense.
  • Defending a California-based class action alleging violations of California's rest break and meal period law.
  • Defending a Fortune 500 client in an FCA government investigation arising from a qui tam complaint.
  • Defending a registered investment adviser in a pending Securities and Exchange Commission examination.
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Experience

  • Defended California-based class actions involving various alleged violations of California wage and hour law, including two cases in which class certification was defeated and one that settled pre-certification for the cost of defense.
  • Defending a California-based class action alleging violations of California's rest break and meal period law.
  • Defending a Fortune 500 client in an FCA government investigation arising from a qui tam complaint.
  • Defending a registered investment adviser in a pending Securities and Exchange Commission examination.
  • Defended the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission commissioner's charge alleging nationwide racial and gender discrimination. The matter was settled after investigation for nonmonetary consideration.
  • Successfully obtained $5 million in coverage for a client in international insurance arbitration involving a Bermuda form insurance policy.
  • Obtained preliminary injunctions, retrieved misappropriated trade secrets and negotiated a $1.3 million settlement in a suit against a Fortune 100 competitor for lift-out of a client's sales organization.
  • Represented an investment adviser subsidiary of a multinational insurance company in commercial and employment matters. Successfully defended the adviser in California arbitration seeking commissions exceeding $10 million. 
  • Defended an international provider of medical and industrial gases in nine wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits, and related government investigations, arising from an incident in which industrial nitrogen was introduced into the medical gas delivery system of a nursing home.
  • Successfully represented the owner of a national chain of membership camping facilities in a variety of consumer claims, including two putative action lawsuits by the attorney general for the state of Ohio in which class certification was denied.
  • Defended multiple shareholder derivative actions against directors and shareholders of an investment company and other closely held businesses.
  • Brought a will contest on behalf of family members disinherited under a deathbed will. After two years of litigation before multiple courts, the matter resulted in a settlement valued in excess of $20 million for the family.
  • Defended the will of a family matriarch challenged by two of her adult children involving an estate in excess of $10 million.
  • Represented a leading manufacturer of external insulation and finish systems in product liability cases involving the construction of a hospital, a hotel and large residences.
  • Represented an international oil and chemical company whose product was destroyed when a 300,000-square-foot warehouse collapsed.
  • Represented a national chain of day care centers in multiple suits involving allegations of sexual and physical abuse of students.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • BTI Client Service All-Star (2016)
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Community

  • Legal Aid Society
  • St. John's Hermitage: Board of Directors
  • St. Clement Church

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1988
  • Ohio, 1988

Education

  • J.D., University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, 1988
  • B.S., Accounting, University of Utah, 1984