Bart Williams is one of the nation’s most sought after trial lawyers. He has extensive experience in a wide array of commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense and internal corporate investigations. He has served as lead trial counsel for numerous companies in bet-the-company trials, and as a litigator and counselor for many Fortune 500 corporations across industries: media and entertainment, banking and financial services, technology, pharmaceutical and fashion. He has also represented celebrities, government officials and corporate executives individually in high-stakes matters.
A member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Bart has compiled an impressive list of victories in jury and bench trials throughout the United States. He has been featured in numerous publications such as The American Lawyer, Black Enterprise, Savoy, Chambers USA and the Daily Journal, which has repeatedly named him one of the top 100 lawyers in California. Bart was also profiled by The American Lawyer as one of the Top 45 Lawyers in America under the age of 45. In 2018, Benchmark Litigation named him as a finalist for National Trial Lawyer of the Year.
Bart served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Central District of California where he concentrated on complex criminal prosecutions involving allegations of fraud or other business crimes, racketeering and money laundering and obtained convictions in 11 out of 11 jury trials. He received several special commendations during his tenure, including one from the former director of the FBI.
Recent notable representations include:
- Lead trial counsel for the athletic conference defendants in In re NCAA Athletic Grant-In-Aid Cap Antitrust Litigation involving claims that NCAA limitations on financial aid and benefits to college athletes violate antitrust laws.
- Lead trial counsel for Johnson & Johnson in one of the first cases to reach trial alleging that Johnson’s Baby Powder is contaminated with asbestos and that its use caused the plaintiff’s mesothelioma.
- Lead trial counsel for Johnson & Johnson in the first-ever California trial relating to J&J’s talc-based Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower products and their alleged link to ovarian cancer. After a four-week trial, the Court entered judgment notwithstanding the verdict for the J&J defendants.
- Lead trial counsel for Johnson & Johnson in a product liability trial relating to J&J’s talc-based Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products and their alleged link to ovarian cancer. After a month long trial in St. Louis, the jury returned a defense verdict on all claims and awarded zero damages.
- Lead trial counsel for Wells Fargo Bank in federal court in St. Paul, Minnesota, in a suit alleging mismanagement of pension investments in its securities lending program. After a five-week trial, the jury returned a defense verdict on all claims and awarded zero damages.
Last updated October 2018