C. James Williams, III

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Midlothian, VA

Burnett and Williams
 | 1527 Huguenot Road, Suite 201
Midlothian, VA 23113
Phone: 804-464-3896
Fax: 804-794-0062
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Animal Law (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Workers' Compensation: Claimant (10%),
  • Insurance Coverage (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • French,
  • German
Attorney Profile

Attorney C. James Williams III is a principal with the Burnett & Williams, P.C., law firm, which has seven office locations across Virginia. Serving the rights and entitlements of innocent accident victims and their families throughout the state, Mr. Williams devotes his practice exclusively to personal injury law and helping his plaintiff clients recover the full amount of compensation for the injuries and losses they suffered as the result of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing.

Certified as a civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and possessing more than 31 years of legal experience, Mr. Williams has successfully tried over 100 cases, and he has handled numerous appeals to help his clients challenge a previous ruling regarding their cases to help them achieve the justice they deserve. Early in his career, Mr. Williams served as an insurance defense attorney, and he worked for years as a litigation attorney for Progressive Insurance Company.

This experience provided him with invaluable insight into the tactics insurance companies use to reduce or deny claims, which make Mr. Williams more effective when it comes to devising solutions and strategies designed to help his clients achieve the favorable outcomes they seek. Through his efforts, he has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and awards for his plaintiff clients, earning his membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

A 1982 graduate of George Mason University, Mr. Williams returned to his alma mater and obtained his Juris Doctor summa cum laude from Antonin Scalia Law School, previously George Mason University School of Law in 1987. He served as law clerk for the Hon. Glen M. Williams of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. He then focused on insurance defense until 1999 when he shifted his focus to representing plaintiff injury clients.

During his career, he has written extensively and conducted numerous lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics. He has also won numerous awards and honors for his professionalism and service, including a Top 100 Trial Lawyers designation from The National Trial Lawyers.

Dedicated to his local community as well, Mr. Williams established The Beth Williams Field of Dreams Foundation in 2006 in honor of his late wife who passed away due to cancer. The foundation focuses on providing quality sports facilities for the children and residents of his local Midlothian community.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (50%): Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Professional Liability (10%)

Animal Law (10%)

Civil Litigation (10%)

Workers' Compensation (10%)

Insurance Coverage (10%)

Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff


Selected to Super Lawyers for 6 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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About James Williams, III

Admitted: 1987, Virginia

Professional Webpage: https://burnettwilliams.com/staff-member/c-james-williams-ii...

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Federal Aviaition Administration: Private Pilot license, 1988

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Bar Association
  • Loudoun County Bar Association
  • City of Richmond Bar Association
  • Chesterfield County Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • The Beth Williams Field of Dreams Foundation, Founder, 2006
  • Hopewell Downtown Redevelopment Council
  • Evergreen Athletic Association

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Law Review Article, Author, The New Separation of Powers Jurisprudence: Does the Comptroller General "Execute the Law,", 9 GMUSL 35 (1985), 1985
  • Comment, “The New Separation of Powers Jurisprudence and the Comptroller General: Does He ‘Execute the Law’ Under the Federal Employees’ Retirement Act?,” 9 GMUSL 35 (1986)
  • “The Effect of Plaintiff’s Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Case on a Bodily Injury Claim,” The Journal, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (Summer 2002)
  • “Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy: What’s the Difference?,” The Journal, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (Winter 2002)
  • “May the Defense Advise the Jury that Your Client Is An Illegal Alien?” The Journal, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association(Winter 2003)
  • “Insurance Law in Virginia,”Co-author, Chapter 8: Motor Vehicles: Bodily Injury and Property Damage Liability Insurance Virginia Law Foundation (2002), updated (2006 and 2009)


  • Titsworth v. Robinson (252 Va. 151, 475 SE2d 261 (1996))
  • Ondrake Raymond Nero v. Williams
  • Schlimmer v. Poverty Hunt Club (268 Va. 74, 597 SE2d 43(2004))

Educational Background:

  • George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, Bachelor of Science, 1982

Industry Groups

  • American Association For Justice
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
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Office Location for C. James Williams, III

1527 Huguenot Road
Suite 201
Midlothian, VA 23113

Phone: 804-464-3896

Fax: 804-794-0062

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Last Updated: 12/20/2018

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