Christopher S. Williams

Christopher S. Williams

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
 | 1405 East Sixth Street, Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: 216-622-8441
Fax: 216-241-0816
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (60%),
  • Health Care (20%),
  • Employee Benefits (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Since 2017, Chris has been recognized for his work in Litigation: General Commercial by Chambers USA. In 2020, Chambers noted that Chris is a "fantastic lawyer" and "well regarded for his expertise in commercial disputes as well as ERISA and healthcare litigation. He is very practical, thorough and shows good judgment."

    Since 2013, he has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Litigation – ERISA. For the years 2016 and 2018, Chris was recognized by Best Lawyers as its Cleveland ERISA Litigation "Lawyer of The Year," a distinction reserved for one lawyer per practice area each year.

    Chris is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America and has also been recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a "Local Litigation Star – Ohio" in the areas of General Commercial, Health Care, and Professional Liability from 2012-2021.

    Based on statewide voting by Ohio lawyers, Chris has been recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers as a Top 50 Cleveland Attorney and a Top 100 Ohio Attorney for the past seven years. Chris is also a Life Member of the Judicial Conference of the 8th Judicial District (Cuyahoga County).

    Chris currently serves on the Boards of Directors of College Now of Greater Cleveland and the Ohio State Legal Services Association.

    In addition to Co-Chairing the Litigation Department, Chris serves on Calfee’s Practice, Planning & Growth Committee, its Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and as Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.

    About Christopher Williams

    Admitted: 1990, Ohio

    Professional Webpage: https://calfee.com/professionals/christopher-s-williams/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
    • Ohio Super Lawyer, Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyers, Top 50 Cleveland Super Lawyers, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2021
    • Cleveland ERISA Litigation "Lawyer of the Year", The Best Lawyers in America©, 2018
    • Leading Lawyer - Litigation: General Commercial, Chambers USA, 2020
    • Local Litigation Star - Competition, General Commercial, Health Care, Professional Liability, and Securities, Benchmark Litigation, 2021
    • Cleveland ERISA Litigation “Lawyer of The Year”, The Best Lawyers in America©, 2018
    • Best Lawyer - Commercial Litigation and Litigation – ERISA, The Best Lawyers in America©, 2021

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Board member, Ohio State Legal Services Association, 2021
    • Fellow, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation, 2021
    • Judicial Conference of the 8th Judicial District (Cuyahoga County), Life Member, 2021
    • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America  , 2021
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. Tax Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
    • Ohio

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • College Now Greater Cleveland, Board Member, 2020
    • Chair of Calfee Halter's Pro Bono Committee, 2019

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Culminating in a 2020 Ohio Supreme Court Order, successfully represented a Colorado public company and its former CEO in litigation matters resulting in judgments against and collections from an Ohio company totaling more than $5.8 million in compensatory and punitive damages, plus a $1.1 million sanctions and attorneys’ fees award, which award was affirmed by the 11th District Ohio Court of Appeals in 2019 and the Ohio Supreme Court in 2020., 2020
    • Currently (in 2020) represents, and has since 2009, a Colorado public company and its former CEO in litigation matters resulting in judgments against and collections from an Ohio company totaling more than $5.8 million in compensatory and punitive damages, plus a $1.13 million 2019 sanctions and attorneys’ fees trial court award, which judgment was affirmed by the 11th District Ohio Court of Appeals in December, 2019.  The losing parties are currently seeking Ohio Supreme Court review of the million dollar-plus sanctions award., 2020
    • In 2016 represented one of Ohio’s largest steel companies in a multi-million-dollar three-week jury trial arising from a $100 million construction project gone awry., 2016

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    Educational Background:

    • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center., 1989
    • B.A., Miami University., 1986

    Industry Groups

    • Banking
    • Financial Services And Insurance
    • Gaming And Hospitality
    • Health Care
    • Manufacturing And Industrial
    • Private and Family-Owned Businesses
    • Public Companies
    • Real Estate
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    Office Location for Christopher S. Williams

    1405 East Sixth Street
    Cleveland, OH 44114

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    Last Updated: 2/23/2021

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