Michael R. Williams
Michael is a trial lawyer with 20 years of experience in all aspects of complex business litigation.
Michael R. Williams is a trial lawyer with more than twenty-three years of experience in all aspects of complex business litigation. Mike heads BKLW’s commercial litigation practice and his main practice areas include qui tam suits under state and federal False Claims Acts, insurance coverage and bad faith, corporate governance and partnership disputes, contract and business tort claims, trade secret misappropriation, environmental, and employment litigation. He has substantial first-chair experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in trials, arbitrations, and appeals.
Mike’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, technology start-ups, closely-held businesses, and high net-worth individuals. Mike is proud to serve as the lawyer of choice for many of his colleagues in the legal profession, who rely on his judgment and experience when they find themselves embroiled in legal disputes.
Beyond his courtroom success, Mike’s best results often occur behind the scenes, where his strategic advice and counsel allow his clients to avoid litigation altogether or settle on favorable terms before a lawsuit is filed.
Mike’s outstanding results for his clients have earned him recognition as one of Orange County’s top attorneys in OC Metro Magazine and a perfect 10 out of 10 rating from Avvo.com. He was named as a Super Lawyers® “Rising Star” multiple times and has been selected to the Southern California Super Lawyers® list every year since 2019. He was also recognized by Best Lawyers® in 2023 for Commercial Litigation.
Throughout his career, Mike has played key leadership roles in the Orange County legal community, including serving as President of the Public Law Center’s Board of Directors in 2012 and 2013 and Chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s Business Litigation Section in 2007. Mike is presently a member of the Board of Directors of Project Youth OCBF and served for more than a decade on the board of the UC Davis School of Law Alumni Association.
Mike graduated in the top 5% of his class from the University of California, Davis School of Law, where he was an Executive Editor of the UC Davis Law Review. Mike received his undergraduate degree in political science from California State University Northridge.