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Ross Angus Williams
Biography

Testimonials
“[W]e found ourselves in . . . a bet-the-company kind of case . . . . Ross [and co-counsel] educated me [as] well as navigated me through the process, and it was a pleasure to watch as they thoroughly dissected and discredited the opposing counsel's case.  We won on every issue.  I would recommend . . . Ross and Bell Nunnally without hesitation.” - Jason Craven, President and CEO, Southern Botanical, Inc.


“It is easy to find lawyers. It is difficult to find truly trusted counsel . . . . I have engaged Ross and Bell Nunnally for over seven years, and have never hesitated in recommending them to my friends for their corporate, entrepreneurial, or personal matters.  Their services are extensive, their lawyers are best in class, but the ethos of the Firm is what brings me back time after time . . . . Their lawyers are my confidants, conscience, and friends.  I don’t know any other law firm where I actually enjoy going to their offices.” - Ian Dailey, Chief of Staff, Linking the World

"As a Big/Small company, we need accurate/fast solutions for a wide range of potential situations. Ross has the ability to interpret each scenario to provide suggestions and involve key members of his team on how to proceed with our best interest at the core of the solution." – Patrick Donlin, CEO, Heartland IT Consulting, LLC

“Ross . . . do[es his] due diligence to ensure he understands every problem 360 degrees. He is a brilliant thinker, and while knowledgeable about a wide variety of legal topics, Ross never hesitated to bring in other[s] . . . within Bell Nunnally to compliment and better support me in some very important and considerably delicate matters . . . . I consider Ross a friend and someone I implicitly trust to give me the best possible advice and counsel. I find him to be unsurpassed in integrity, honor, work ethic, and relationship building. As such, I give Ross Williams my highest recommendation.” – Dr. Robert F. Williams, President, Instructional Connections, LLC


Biography

Ross Angus Williams takes pride in putting clients in the best position possible. He represents clients in all areas of commercial litigation.

He has experience in complex matters involving contract disputes, high-stakes business disputes, trade secrets, non-competes, non-solicitation provisions, restrictive covenants, confidentiality clauses, employer non-subscriber defense, FLSA/wage and overtime defense, and trademark, copyright, and patent infringement.

He represents creditors on promissory notes, guarantees, and unpaid accounts, and has extensive experience in judgment enforcement and collection.

He has represented tax payers in nine-figure state commercial property tax disputes.

He has represented clients based in India, Taiwan, Canada, England, and Italy in their American legal matters. Working with international professionals, he has helped guide American clients through legal matters in Canada, Mexico, Honduras, and South Korea.

He has represented businesses on internet defamation issues on multiple occasions and been published on the topic. He has also represented clients extensively on data breach claims and defended Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims.

Additionally, Ross has briefed appellate matters before Texas courts of appeal, the Texas Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit, the Ninth Circuit, the Federal Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court (certiorari briefing in three cases).

Education

  • J.D., with honors, The University of Texas School of Law, 2008
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Tulane University, 2005, Phi Betta Kappa

Related Industries

Representative Matters
  • Working with another Firm attorney, obtained six-figure final judgment at trial against one of the world’s largest construction companies on behalf of a material supplier who had not been paid under a purported “pay if paid” clause on a major industrial construction project. Obtained payment on judgment immediately after denial of motion for new trial.
  • Represented healthcare service marketer in trade secret and non-compete suit against former contractor, resulting in swift and favorable settlement following suit filing.
  • Represented cryptocurrency investor against investment firm in litigation to recover withheld funds. Obtained swift and favorable resolution.
  • Ongoing defense of hacked cryptocurrency wallet against potential class action claims by customers. Coordinating related forensic investigation of hack causes.
  • Co-defended large landscaping contractor at final arbitration hearing against multi-million dollar breach of employment agreement claim resulting in take nothing award against former employee.
  • Obtained summary judgment for damages, attorney’s fees, and interest on materialman’s unpaid account claim in State court.
  • Co-defended Fortune 100 company against multi-million dollar non-subscriber claim in AAA arbitration, including final hearing, resulting in final award of less than 1/12 of demand.
  • Defended Indian manufacturer in Federal court on product defect claims, resulting in dismissal.
  • Represented large global grocery chain in complex and time-sensitive eminent domain negotiations, drafting, and pre-litigation planning.
  • Froze main operating account of major corporation, obtaining immediate payment on client’s significant judgment.
  • Working as the lead brief writer for a team of Firm attorneys, obtained Federal court preliminary injunction through briefing alone in high stakes, bet-the-company litigation involving unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, and patent ownership declaration.
  • Working as part of a team of Firm attorneys, defeated multiple injunction requests in multi-year, bet-the-company litigation across State and Federal court involving breach of contract, data breach, unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation, patent ownership, patent infringement, trademark infringement, and copyright infringement.
  • Co-defended full day evidentiary hearing on motion for contempt for purported electronic evidence spoliation in Federal court.
  • Working as part of a team of Firm attorneys, obtained dismissal of multiple claims in Federal court unfair competition case.
  • Worked with a team of Firm attorneys to prosecute full-day evidentiary hearing on motion for contempt for violation of  preliminary injunction in unfair competition litigation in Federal court, resulting in report and recommendation (altered by district court) that opponent be banned from conducting business in the industry.
  • Co-defended motion to unseal confidential records filed in State court.
  • As lead writer for a team of Firm attorneys, defeated TRO request and extensive, intrusive emergency electronic discovery request at onset of high-stakes Federal court litigation on alleged data breach and unfair competition claims.
  • Obtained discovery sanctions and received non-suit without prejudice in co-defending major national construction material supplier against non-subscriber claims in AAA arbitration.
  • Froze large technology retailer’s main operating account resulting in negotiation of immediate payment of significant judgment.
  • Prepared brief that revived a high-six-figure judgment that was purportedly two years past the last applicable limitations period for revival; went on to obtain partial payment for judgment creditor.
  • Worked with a team of Firm attorneys to prosecute full day evidentiary hearing on motion for contempt of temporary injunction in State court unfair competition litigation.
  • Regularly works with Firm transactional attorneys to provide strategic counseling and legal advice to clients seeking to avoid or minimize risk of litigation.
  • Assembled and worked with a team of Firm and international attorneys and professionals to advise tech industry client through set up and initiation of key international business relationship with Fortune 500 company.
  • Advised clients on internet defamation issues. In one case, Ross negotiated the takedown of defamatory content from a blog within days of it being posted. In another matter, he negotiated the takedown of an influential industry blogger’s defamatory posts across multiple websites within days. Ross maintains relationships with specialists in minimizing the impact of defamatory online content and reviews.
  • Obtained Federal court discovery from U.S. entity for use by client in Canadian legal matter.
  • Worked with a team of Firm attorneys, tax professionals, and experts to resolve several of major insurance company’s multi-million dollar State commercial real property tax disputes.
  • Obtained final judgment for damages, attorney’s fees, and interest for fashion industry client in unpaid account case.
  • Obtained final judgment for damages, attorney’s fees, and interest for homeowner in high-end residential construction defect case.
  • Obtained summary judgment for Taiwanese client in unpaid account case. Obtained payment of a portion of judgment amount through swift garnishment.
  • Obtained order compelling arbitration and dismissing case in Federal court data breach case on behalf of Fortune 1000 company.
  • Worked with Firm’s transactional attorneys to guide client through strategic positioning, planning, and negotiations with problematic party in key business relationship.
  • Assisted a team of Firm attorneys in groundbreaking non-compete litigation involving major insurance brokerages.
  • Worked with a team of Firm attorneys as lead brief writer to defend financial services company against breach of contract allegations, resulting in dismissal without prejudice.

 

 

Noteworthy
  • Selected to represent Council District 14 on the Economic Development & Housing Subcommittee for Dallas’s first ever Citizens Bond Task Force.
  • Named to D Magazine's "Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas" List, 2018
  • Recipient of the 2016 Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce’s “Chairman’s Award.”
  • Finalist for Business of the Year, Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce, 2016 Greater East Dallas Business Awards.
  • Selected by attorney peers as a Texas Rising Star®, Texas Monthly, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
  • Finalist for Business Person of the Year, Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce, 2013 Greater East Dallas Business Awards.
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyer’s “One to Watch,” May 2013.
  • Fellow of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers.
  • Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.
  • Higginbotham Inn of Court, Associate, 2014
  • Briefing Attorney for Justice Leslie B. Yates on Texas’s Fourteenth Court of Appeals (Houston), 2008.
  • Judicial intern for Justice Bea Ann Smith at Texas’s Third Court of Appeals (Austin), 2007.
  • Interned in the White Collar Crime Division of the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, Austin, Texas.
  • Articles Editor on The Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law at The University of Texas School of Law.
  • Awarded The Pierce Butler Prize for Academic Excellence in English at Tulane University.
  • Awarded The Henry Clay Stier Award for highest graduating G.P.A. in the English Department at Tulane University.
Activities & Memberships
  • Community Development Commission for the City of Dallas, appointed as Commissioner for District 14 (2016-present)
  • Friends of Fair Park, Board Member, 2016-present
  • Community Services of Doctors Hospital, Inc., Board, 2014-2017 (President 2016-2017)
  • Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Board, 2013-present
    • Legal Counsel, December 2016-present
  • Founder & President of East Dallas Young Professionals, 2012-2016
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers: Breakfast with Business Peers Committee Co-Chair (2016), Food for Thought Dallas, Co-Chair, (2010-2013), Leadership Class (2011)
  • Dallas Bar Association
Presentations & Publications
  • 2018: Article on what to do when a relationship with a cryptocurrency investment advisor becomes adversarial and access to one’s digital wallet is threatened (pending).
  • 2018: “From Misappropriation to Theft to Dismissal: Protecting Your Intellectual Property,” Texas Lawyer, January 2018.
  • 2017: “The Power of Protecting Your Trade Secrets,” Tulane Alumni Association, November 14, 2017.
  • 2017: “Fishing in the Right Pond: Careful Forum Selection May Keep Trade Secret Defendants on the Hook,” The Texas Lawbook, October 2017.
  • Publishes frequent Trade Secret/Intellectual Property Law updates on LinkedIn
  • 2017: "How I Learned To Love The New Consumer Review Fairness Act," Law360, Januray 2017.
  • 2016: "Protect Your Revenue Stream: Develop An Accounts Receivable Process," DAYL Small Business Symposium, June 2016.
  • 2015: “What To Do When Online Complainers Engage In Defamation,” Law360, October 2015.
  • 2012: “2012 Update: FDCPA, Use of Social Media, and Identity Theft/Mistaken Identity,” The Cadle Company (co-presenter and co-author of written materials).
  • 2011: “2011 Update: FDCPA, Installment Notes, and Post-Judgment Interest,” The Cadle Company (co-presenter and co-author of written materials).
  • 2009: “Judicial Liens in Texas: An Abstract Concept,” (co-author of written materials).
  • 2008: “Safe but not Wholesome: The Troubling State of Trans Fat Regulation,” The University of Arkansas Journal of Food Law & Policy.