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J Craig Williams

J Craig Williams

Practice areas:

Lawsuits & Disputes, Contracts & Agreements

About Me

J. Craig Williams, the founding partner of the firm’s Orange County, California office, focuses his practice in the areas of complex business litigation with emphasis on environmental, intellectual property, real estate, technology law and labor matters, and their respective insurance coverage and related tort issues. Mr. Williams also handles white-collar criminal matters in both securities and environmental areas and practices in admiralty and tax courts. He is a Top-rated Criminal Defense Lawyer - White Collar Crime, as chosen by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell. He holds Martindale-Hubbell's highest peer-review AV rating, and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, has been named a SuperLawyer every year since 2007 and rated with a 10 of 10 by Mr. Williams is both a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate and Board Certified Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate, certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, an American Bar Association and California State Bar approved agency

Mr. Williams’ experience includes practice at nationally recognized law firms and has appeared as lead litigation counsel in numerous states and federal districts.

You can learn more about Mr. Williams at, and about his book, How to Get Sued, at, which also features video and radio interviews, along with additional photos.  He also writes an award-winning blog, May It Please The Court, which you can read at   


Photos and Videos

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1987

  1. Lawsuits & Disputes: 70%
    27 years
  2. Contracts & Agreements: 30%
    27 years



Hourly ($625/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Darlynn Campbell Morgan

    I endorse this lawyer's work.


    Darlynn Morgan Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jennifer Lynn Keller

    I worked on a criminal environmental case with Craig. His common sense, written work, courtroom skill and devotion to his client were exceptional. If I were charged in a similar case, he's the lawyer I'd hire.


    Jennifer Keller Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

WLC | The Williams Law Corporation

One Park Plaza
Suite 600
Irvine, CA, 92614-5987




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top-rated Criminal Defense - White CollarAmerican Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell2012
Board Certified Civil Pretrial Practice AdvocateNational Board of Trial Advocacy2012
Top LawyersOC Metro Magazine2009
Board Certified Civil Trial AdvocateNational Board of Trial Advocacy2008
Pro bono publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2005
Journalism Award for Best Individual WeblogLos Angeles Press Club2005
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1992
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell1992

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Founding partnerWLC | The Williams Law Corporation2012 - Present
PartnerSedgwick LLP2009 - 2012
Founding PartnerWLF | The Williams Lindberg Law Firm, PC2003 - 2009
PartnerDaehnke & Cruz1997 - 2003
PartnerCallahan, Blaine & Williams1994 - 1997
Staff AssociateGibson, Dunn & Crutcher1992 - 1994
AssociateAllen, Matkins, Leck, Gamble & Mallory1989 - 1992
AssociateReid & Hellyer1987 - 1989
VolunteerSan Bernadino County Deputy District Attorney1987 - 1989
Certified Practicing Law ClerkLinn County Public Defender's Office1985 - 1987


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Orange County Bar AssociationDirector2006 - 2009
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Lambda Alpha InternationalSecretary2004 - 2006
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Celtic Bar Association of Orange CountyDirector2000 - Present
Hispanic Bar Association of Orange CountyBoard of Trustees1995 - 2008
Lambda Alpha International, Orange County ChapterPresident1994 - Present
American Bar Association, Decisions CommitteeMember1991 - 1995
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1988 - Present
Bighorn InstitutePresident1988 - Present
Iowa State Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
O'Grady v. Sup.Ct. (Apple Computer)N/A
Saba v. CraterN/A
Fonovisa v. Cherry AuctionJudgment for Fonovisa upheld.

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Publication NameTitleDate
Law Technology NewsInternet Frontiers: Build Your Own Blog2004
California Environmental Law ReporterThe Practical Implications of the Aerojet Decision1998
UnknownSon of the California Environmental Quality Act: A Look at Public Resources Code 21081.6, 331991


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Iowa College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor, with distinction1987
James Madison UniversityCommunication ArtsBS - Bachelor of Science1979
United States Coast Guard AcademyN/AN/A1976

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
James Madison University Commencement"We Didn't Start The Fire"2009