Texas Board Certified in Civil Trial Law
Admitted to the North Dakota Bar
Justin L. Williams is a trial lawyer. Mr. Williams is comfortable taking clients, cases to a jury and has been extremely successful trying cases for over 30 years. Mr. Williams is a member of the “MILLION DOLLAR ADVOCATES FORUM” and the “MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR ADVOCATES FORUM”. Mr. Williams has also obtained the AV “Preeminent” Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the Highest Possible Rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standing awarded by the organization. Mr. Williams was recognized as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in 2014 by the National Trial lawyer’s organization. Each of these awards is limited to the top attorneys in the field. Mr. Williams has been at ease in the courtroom since his first trial experience while still in law school in 1982. He has lost count of the number of cases he has tried but has tried numerous cases to verdict in Nueces, Harris, Brazoria, Jefferson, Cameron, Kleberg and Jim Wells counties while trying cases to verdict in Matagorda, Calhoun, Zapata, Webb, Aransas, Montgomery and Hildago State courts and Federal courts in the Southern District of Texas, Corpus Christi and Houston Divisions, Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division and handling cases from Glen Ellen, South of Ft. Worth, to El Paso in West Texas and State and Federal Court in Tyler in East Texas. Mr. Williams has handled cases pro hac vice in courts in Indiana, North Dakota, Alabama, Georgia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Washington, Oklahoma and New York. He has also been involved in representing parties in cases originating in the North Sea of the coast of Scotland, offshore Nigeria and in the inland waterways of Nigeria, offshore Trinidad, in Switzerland and in former Soviet republics.
Justin L. Williams leaned about almost every aspect of the oil field during years of representing the oil and oilfield service industry. Mr. Williams represented Mobil Oil Corporation, then ExxonMobil, along with Halliburton Company, Halliburton Energy Services, Inc., and related Halliburton companies, Chevron U. S. A., Pennzoil, Shell, Texaco, Standard Oil and BP, a host of independents and service companies Western Atlas and Baker Hughes. Mr. Williams learned the industry from drilling pad to surface cement and from TD to snubbing. For the last 10 years, Mr. Williams has applied the experience he gained representing the industry to representing oilfield workers who are severely injured, burned or the families of workers killed in the oil field or in the offshore oil industry. In addition to his land based experience he has experience in or has tried platform explosion, Jones Act seaman cases and foreign seaman cases. Mr. Williams has put the expertise and experience he gained representing the oil industry to use in representing you the injured worker. By hiring Mr. Williams and his firm, COLE, EASLEY, SCIBA & WILLIAMS you are able to combine the 60+ years the firm has in representing injured workers and their families with the experience Mr. Williams has in analyzing how oil field accidents occur from both the plaintiff and defense perspective. Mr. Williams uses his years of knowledge representing the industry to the workers advantage.
Most plaintiffs’ attorneys have to rely on experts to develop theories of liability and explain how an accident occurred. Mr. Williams’s knowledge of the industry provides him the basis for understanding the accident prior to consulting with experts. This experience is unique because most defendants no longer remain with the same lawyer or firm for 25 years as was the case with Mr. Williams’s representation of Halliburton and Mobil. Therefore, not even today’s defense attorneys have the same knowledge base as Mr. Williams possess from his years trying oil field cases. For the last 10+ years that experience has benefitted injured workers. In addition to his oilfield experience, Mr. Williams has extensive experience in both product liability law and medical malpractice. Mr. Williams represented Westinghouse Electric Corporation in product liability, negligence and commercial litigation in cases all over the United States and throughout the world during his career as a defense lawyer.
Currently, Mr. Williams focuses his practice on oil field injuries, catastrophic burn and wrongful death claims, large commercial claims, drug claims, “whistleblower” or Federal or State False Claims Act cases, and contingency litigation. In September, Mr. Williams began trial in district court in North Dakota along with COLE, ESLEY, SCIBA & WILLIAMS North Dakota partner, Jeff Weikum of PAGEL WEIKUM, in the A. J. Rohr v. Continental Resources, Inc., et al case which settled during the second day of trial and was then featured in a cover story by the NEW YORK TIMES by WRITER Deborah Sontag, “WHERE OIL AND POLITICS MIX.” Recently, Mr. Williams and Mr. Weikum were interviewed for a PBS television documentary on safety in the oil field in North Dakota which will also be featured on NPR’s “All Thing’s Considered.”
Mr. Williams, his wife Karen, and his family won their greatest victory in 2008 when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and underwent a “Whipple” operation at M. D. Anderson. “Having cancer allowed me to experience what my clients and their families experience when they are the victims of a tragic accident and are burned or severely injured. I didn’t work for almost two years and endured many of the hardships our clients experience. I think I emphathize with my clients more than the average lawyer as a result of that experience.” As a result of that battle, Mr. Williams believes he is able to tell the story of what his clients experience as a result of their injuries and to understand the mental and physical pain they undergo.
Mr. Williams and the firm, along with co-counsel out of Alabama, are also currently representing victims of the drug Amiodarone in wrongful death and survival cases in Texas, Alabama and Georgia. Cases are being filed in various other states over the next few months. Contact Mr. Williams if you or a loved one have been injured taking this drug.
If you are in need of representation resulting from a severe personal injury, burn or wrongful death in the oil field or offshore, have a” False Claims Act” case, have suffered from a “bad” drug or been cheated in a business deal or by a false act, contact Mr. Williams or COLE, EASLEY. SCIBA & WILLIAMS, P. C.
Bar & Court Admissions
- Texas, 1983
- United States District Court for the Southern, Eastern, Northern & Western Districts of Texas
- University of Houston School of Law (J.D., 1983); Associate Editor Houston Law Review
- University of Houston – Houston, Texas (B.A., 1980)
Professional Associations – Memberships & Accolades
- American Bar Association
- Texas Bar Association
- Texas Association of Defense Counsel (1989-1999)
- Defense Research Institute (1983-1999)
- Texas Trial Lawyers Association
- Maritime Law Association
- “AV” rated Martindale-Hubbell
CLE Presentations & Written Articles
- “Forum Selection Clauses: Where They Are, Where They Are Going” – Houston Journal of International Law (Volume 6, 1983)
- Speaker; Verdicts and Values in Texas – Greater New Orleans Barge Fleeting Association
- Speaker, Participant, Texas Claims Association, Mock Trial Presentation
- Speaker, Texas Claims Association: “Bad Faith”
- Speaker; Corpus Christi Legal Professional’s “Right to Trial By Jury” 2011
- Speaker; Corpus Christi Legal Professional’s “Jury Trials” 2012
- State Convention; Texas Association of Legal Professionals, October 2012, “Jury Selection and The Right to Trial By Jury.”