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

Michael Williams
 

Mike Williams focuses his practice on complex business litigation, class actions, mass torts, and product liability litigation, including national coordination of regulatory investigations and related pattern litigation. He has represented international manufacturers, retailers, investment companies, small businesses, and individuals in more than 20 states across the country, including in trials, evidentiary hearings, and appeals.

As national class action defense counsel for Whirlpool Corporation since 2001, Mike and WTO have obtained numerous dismissals and non-class settlements, as well as defeated class certification, in cases alleging product defects, false advertising, unfair consumer practices, and environmental toxic torts. In 2014, Mike was one of the trial lawyers who successfully defended Whirlpool in a class action trial involving allegedly "moldy" washing machines (Glazer v. Whirlpool). Following three weeks of trial in the Northern District of Ohio, the jury returned a complete defense verdict for Whirlpool.

Mike also advises clients in various industries regarding safety investigations, pre-suit preparedness and emergency response to product recalls and catastrophic accidents, crisis management, television and print media relations, and implementation of business strategies for avoiding litigation and reducing liability. He is listed in Chambers USABest 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
     Up and Coming, Product Liability and Mass Torts Defense -
     Nationwide, 2015-2016
     General Commercial Litigation, Colorado, 2016-2017
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, 2013-2018
    Mass Tort/Class Actions Litigation, 2011-2018
    Product Liability Litigation, 2014-2018
The Legal 500 US
    Litigation: Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense, 2007-2013, 2015
Benchmark Litigation
    Commercial Litigation - Colorado, 2014-2016
    Future Star - Colorado, 2013
Colorado Super Lawyers
    
Class Actions/Mass Torts, 2014-2017
    Top 100, 2016-2017
Law Week Colorado
    "People's Choice" Class Action/Mass Tort Defense Lawyer, 2016-2017
Colorado Rising Stars
    Class Action/Mass Torts, 2009-2013
Member, Next Gen Advisory Board, Institute for Complex Litigation &
    Mass Claims, Emory Law School
International Association of Defense Counsel
Defense Research Institute
The Network of Trial Law Firms
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
American Bar Association
American Bar Foundation, Fellow

Personal Interests

Family (three young daughters), fly fishing, skiing


Mike Williams has won national recognition for his defense of companies in high-stakes class action litigation. He also represents clients in complex commercial disputes, mass torts, catastrophic accidents, crisis management, and regulatory investigations. Mike is a 2015 BTI Client Service All-Star.

Representative Cases
Representative Clients
  • Aimco
  • Electrolux
  • General Electric
  • Sears
  • 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 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 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
     Up and Coming, Product Liability and Mass Torts Defense -
     Nationwide, 2015-2016
     General Commercial Litigation, Colorado, 2016-2017
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, 2013-2018
    Mass Tort/Class Actions Litigation, 2011-2018
    Product Liability Litigation, 2014-2018
The Legal 500 US
    Litigation: Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense, 2007-2013, 2015
Benchmark Litigation
    Commercial Litigation - Colorado, 2014-2016
    Future Star - Colorado, 2013
Colorado Super Lawyers
    
Class Actions/Mass Torts, 2014-2017
    Top 100, 2016-2017
Law Week Colorado
    "People's Choice" Class Action/Mass Tort Defense Lawyer, 2016-2017
Colorado Rising Stars
    Class Action/Mass Torts, 2009-2013
Member, Next Gen Advisory Board, Institute for Complex Litigation &
    Mass Claims, Emory Law School
International Association of Defense Counsel
Defense Research Institute
The Network of Trial Law Firms
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
American Bar Association
American Bar Foundation, Fellow

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 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 Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court