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Jeremy R. Williams

Partner

Overview

Jeremy Williams is a Partner at Milberg and co-chairs the firm’s Employment and Civil Rights practice group. Since joining the firm in 2014, Mr. Williams has prosecuted cases against some of the largest companies in the world and has recovered tens of millions of dollars for employees and consumers nationwide.

Specifically, he has successfully litigated numerous cases involving millions of dollars of unpaid sales commissions by tech and insurance companies, wrongful termination and discrimination actions on behalf of executives and software sales representatives, class actions for the recovery of sales commissions, defective products, fraudulent pricing schemes, and retirement fund mismanagement, and other unlawful conduct against many Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Williams has also resolved lawsuits against major universities for violations of Title IX that led to the reinstatement of women’s varsity sports teams.

Mr. Williams earned his law degree from Campbell University School of Law as part of a joint degree program that also allowed him to earn his M.B.A. from North Carolina State University. Prior to beginning this dual degree program, he attend Elon University where he earned his Bachelor of Science.

When Mr. Williams is not fighting for his clients’ rights, he enjoys spending time with his wife and their two young children. He is an avid golfer and skier, and enjoys traveling domestically and internationally with his family and friends. Some of his favorite travels include safaris in Kenya and South Africa, trips to learn about and enjoy wine in Napa, Sonoma, Santa Barbara, and Bordeaux, and trips to ski and hike in Colorado, Montana, and Utah.

Leadership Roles

Mr. Williams has served in leadership roles as the president of the Wake County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, on the Board of Directors for the Wake County Bar Association, as the CLE chair for the Products Liability, Class Actions, and Mass Torts section of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, and on the Young Ambassadors Steering Committee for SAFEchild, a non-profit dedicated to eliminating child abuse in Wake County, North Carolina.

Mr. Williams currently serves on the education committee for the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. He has previously served as a member of the New Lawyers Division Professionalism Committee for the American Association for Justice and as an executive board member of the Triangle Chapter of the Elon University Alumni Association. He is a member of Public Justice, the American Association for Justice, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the Wake County Bar Association, and the North Carolina Bar Association.

Notable Cases

  • April 2021: Jury verdict in the amount of $11,085,672 in a wrongful termination action against IBM following a two week trial in the Western District of Washington
  • October 2019: Judgment obtained for clients in the amount of $30,941,939.87 in a business dispute between commercial cattle farming operations
  • October 2019: Confidential settlement for $21 million in a defective condominium construction case
  • August 2018: Won verdict and judgment we value at over $2 million, after a two-week jury trial in New Hanover County for an LLC member who’d been illegally ousted from the companies by his business partners
  • February 2017: Nationwide class action settlement we valued at over $20 million involving composite decking material we alleged to be defective
  • Numerous additional confidential settlements in cases involving wrongful termination, discrimination, defective construction, and unpaid sales commissions, including many for over $1,000,000

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, “Keys for Unlocking a Successful Mass Torts or Products Liability Practice,” North Carolina Advocates for Justice, January 20, 2023
  • Panelist, “Turning Your Individual Case Into a Class Action,” North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Annual Convention, June 10, 2021 (presented along with Martha Geer, Paul Bland, and Patrick Wallace)
  • Guest Lecturer, “Introduction to Class Actions and Multi-District Litigation,” Campbell University School of Law, August 23, 2018
  • Speaker, “ESI Essentials: What You Absolutely Must Know in This Day and Age About Electronically Stored Information,” (co-presented with Daniel K. Bryson) North Carolina Advocates for Justice Annual Convention, June 15, 2015

Publications

  • Multiplying the Fruits of Your Labor: Ways to Identify How Your Individual Case Could be Indicative of a Systemic Issue – The Tennessee Trial Lawyer Winter 2021 Edition (co-authored with Caroline R. Taylor)
  • Class Action Settlements: Using Discovery to Craft Effective Notice Plans – July 2017 – NCAJ Trial Briefs (co-authored with Patrick M. Wallace)
  • ESI Essentials: What You Absolutely Must Know in this Day and Age About Electronically Stored Information (co-authored with Daniel K. Bryson)
  • Insurance: Covered v. Uncovered (co-authored with Matthew E. Lee)

Education

  • J.D., Campbell University School of Law,
  • M.B.A., North Carolina State University,
  • B.S., Elon University,

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2014
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, 2015
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, 2016
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2016
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, 2020
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, 2021
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 2021
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2021

Awards

  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2018-2023
  • Wake County Bar Association President’s Award, 2020

Professional Activities

  • Wake County Bar Association: Young Lawyer’s Division, Board of Directors President (2020)
  • Wake County Bar Association, Board of Directors (2019-2020)
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice Education Committee (2016-2017, 2022-2023)
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Products Liability, Class Action, and Mass Torts, Section CLE Chair (2022-2023)
  • American Association for Justice, Public Justice Foundation, New Lawyers Division Professional Development Committee (2021)
  • Elon Alumni Association, Triangle Chapter, Executive Board Member (2014-2018)
  • SAFEchild, Steering Committee (2016-present)
  • Co-Chair of the Young Ambassadors Steering Committee (2018-2019)