Bart Williams is one of the nation’s most sought after trial lawyers. A strategic, diligent and dignified litigator with a wealth of experience across commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense and internal corporate investigations, Bart is equally expert at counseling clients on the management of their most complex litigation crises and trying their most important cases before juries and judges. He is frequently called in just months or even weeks before a trial in order to deliver the win.
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 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. Bart is a respected – and respectful – litigator, as well as a powerful storyteller and strategic mastermind, whose catalogue of high-profile victories has made him one of the most in-demand trial lawyers in America.
Earlier in his career, 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 Power Five athletic conference defendants (Pac 12, Big Ten, Big 12, ACC, and SEC) in complex antitrust litigation in U.S. District Court in Oakland, CA, where the plaintiffs challenged the limits on compensation for student athletes. Following a ten-day bench trial, the Court held that the rules promote demand for college sports by recognizing the distinction with professional sports. The Court rejected plaintiffs’ effort to eliminate all rules limiting athlete compensation and removed only those rules limiting in-kind educational benefits.
- Lead counsel for Johnson & Johnson in a two-week Daubert hearing before the U.S. District Court in Trenton, NJ, in multi-district litigation (MDL) proceedings involving the alleged link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. The MDL action featured cross-examination of the parties’ experts to determine whether their proffered testimony could satisfy the minimum standards for the admissibility of scientific evidence. The parties await a ruling from the Court. A successful result could lead to the dismissal of over 12,000 cases pending against J&J.
- Lead trial counsel for Monsanto and its parent company Bayer in a California jury trial alleging that the use of Monsanto’s herbicide, RoundUp, caused the plaintiff ’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The case is expected to be set for trial in early 2020.
- Lead trial counsel for a major national law firm in a breach of fiduciary duty/conflict of interest case alleging punitive damages. The trial is expected to last 3 to 4 weeks and is scheduled to begin in May 2020.
Last Updated September 2019