John Eddie Williams, Jr., Managing Partner

Areas of Practice

Mass tort cases involving:

  • Asbestos
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Major Plant Explosions
  • Represented the State of Texas in its lawsuit against the tobacco industry, resulting in the largest settlement in U.S. history.

Professional Experience

  • John Eddie is a strong advocate of workers and organized labor, representing members and their causes at every opportunity. He is specialized in representing plaintiffs in mass tort cases involving asbestos, silicosis, fen-phen, welding rod fumes and toxic waste exposure. He represented the State of Texas in its lawsuit against the tobacco industry, resulting in the largest settlement in U.S. history.

Education

  • Graduated first in class from Baylor School of Law
    • Served as editor-in-chief of The Baylor Law Review
  • Baylor University Bachelor of Business Administration
    • Graduated cum laude

Legal Memberships and Professional Affiliations

  • Houston and American Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Association for Justice
    • Board of Governors
    • Appointed to Executive Committee 2008-2010
  • Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization personal injury trial law

Professional Honors

  • 2002 recipient of Baylor University’s “Lawyer of the Year” Award
  • Past president of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Past president of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association
  • Past president of the Houston Trial Lawyers Foundation
  • Clarence Darrow Award Winner 2008, awarded by Mike Papantonio
  • 2009 David S. Shrager President’s Award, awarded by American Association for Justice
  • Named a Super Lawyer® by Thomson Reuters in 2003-2014 as selected by practicing attorneys in Texas
  • Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers 2012 Edition, awarded by Thomson Reuters
  • Named a 2015 Top Mass Tort/Toxic Tort Lawyer in H-Texas Magazine
  • Recipient of 2015 Martindale-Hubbell® Top Rated Lawyer™ Award

Community Affiliations

  • John Eddie and his wife Sheridan are very involved in the community, donating time and money to many worthy causes. One of the causes they feel strongly about is the Houston Chronicle Goodfellows Fund where they have donated largest individual gift in local toy drive’s 97-year history two years in a row.

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