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Richard J. Williams, Jr. - Partner

RICHARD J. WILLIAMS, JR. is a 1993 graduate of the University of Scranton, where he obtained a B.S. in Political Science, magna cum laude, and an M.A. in History. Mr. Williams graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1996, where he obtained a Juris Doctorate, cum laude. He is admitted to the New Jersey Bar, the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, the U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Mr. Williams served as law clerk to The Honorable James J. Petrella, P.J.A.D. from 1996 through 1997, at which time he joined the Firm as an associate. While a student at Seton Hall University, School of Law he served as the Editor-In-Chief of the Seton Hall University School of Law Constitutional Law Journal, from 1995 through 1996, and as the research assistant to the Hon. Peter Rodino from 1994 to 1996.

Mr. Williams is a Civil Trial Attorney, Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.  He has extensive experience in civil litigation including class action litigation, premises liability, product liability, automobile defense, insurance coverage and bad faith, contract and commercial litigation, employment litigation and workers’ compensation matters. Mr. Williams has experience at both the trial level, having tried many cases to verdict, and before the appellate courts, as well as several administrative courts such as the Division of Workers’ Compensation. He also handled numerous matters before various federal courts, including the United States District Court and Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Williams has argued dozens of appeals before the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division and the New Jersey Supreme Court. Among those cases are several appeals from the Division of Workers’ Compensation involving a variety of legal issues. Mr. Williams is Immediate Past President of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey and coordinates the organization’s annual Back to Basics seminar given to attorneys preparing for the Supreme Court Civil Trial Certification examination.

Mr. Williams also has extensive experience in class action matters.  His experience includes serving as national counsel for a pharmaceutical packaging company involving allegations of mislabeling of birth control pills.  He also served as national counsel for a baby mattress cover manufacturer in respect of wrongful death claims filed throughout the United States, including Texas.  Most recently Mr. Williams was lead counsel in defending a national product liability class action suit pending before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.  He has also defended various other class action matters and has extensive experience with mass tort litigation.

In addition to his extensive experience in personal injury litigation, Mr. Williams also handles complex insurance bad faith litigation on behalf of insurers. Mr. Williams also has extensive experience with complex personal injury matters involving wrongful death and survivorship claims. For example, in Zambrano v. CSX Transportation, Inc., et als., Mr. Williams represented the plaintiff’s employer in respect of a third-party claim for contractual indemnification arising out of a catastrophic accident in which the plaintiff was run over by a freight train and killed. In Kaplan v. Harleysville Ins. Co., Mr. Williams represented Harleysville Insurance Company in respect of a claim for insurance coverage under a professional liability insurance policy. The underlying case involved a wrongful death claim by the family of a deceased 29-year-old truck driver who was killed in an accident involving his tanker truck. In the case of Horan v. Eaton Corp., Mr. Williams served as local counsel and co-trial counsel for Eaton Corp. in a complex product liability action in which the plaintiff suffered severe third degree burns over 50% of his body when an electrical switch gear exploded.  Mr. Williams has also served as national counsel for clients in product liability matters and appeared pro hoc vice in jurisdictions other than NJ on a variety of matters.

In addition to his litigation practices, Mr. Williams serves as a Practice Group Manager for the Litigation and Insurance Services Practice Group at the firm.  Mr. Williams also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for a non-profit organization, the Institute for Excellence and Ethics.