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M. D. Williams

M. D. Williams

also known as Meriwether D. (Mike) Williams

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About me


My practice focuses on the representation of individuals, manufacturers, businesses, municipalities and insurers in both plaintiff and defense civil litigation matters. I am an experienced trial lawyer who has handled a wide variety of major trials and appeals involving product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, medical negligence, sexual abuse, construction accidents, negligence, employment claims, banking liability, contracts, insurance, and civil rights. 


Catastrophic Personal Injury and Accidental Death

I typically represent clients in cases involving explosions and fires, medical negligence, vehicular collisions, sexual abuse and worksite accidents.


Commercial and Business Litigation

I also represent clients in cases involving breach of contract, business torts, antitrust, franchise, and partnership/joint venture, trust, fiduciary and lending relationships.


Products Liability

I have and continue to represent manufacturers and individuals in cases involving product liability including automobiles, trucks, machinery, medical devices and drugs.


Civil Rights and Municipal Liability/Employment Law

I have represented individuals, municipalities and government officials in matters involving police liability, use of force and imprisonment, municipal and governmental liability including federal and state tort claims, employment discrimination and employment testing.



I joined Winston & Cashatt in 1978, and have been a shareholder in the Firm since 1982. I have served as Chair of the Firm’s Board of Directors. I have also served as an Arbitrator, Mediator, and as a School District Hearing Officer. I have instructed at trial practice seminars and have written legal articles published by the Gonzaga University Law Review. I have extensive experience and training in mediation and arbitration. I have been accorded the highest lawyer rating of “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell.


Prior to attending law school, I worked as a mountaineering instructor and branch school director for the National Outdoor Leadership School in Lander, Wyoming and Nairobi, Kenya. I continue to enjoy mountain climbing, hiking, skiing and fly fishing. 



Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    37 years, 250 cases
  2. Personal Injury: 50%
    37 years, 500 cases



Hourly ($350/hour), contingent (33-45%), Free consultation (120 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers, A Professional Service Corporation

1900 Bank of America Building
601 West Riverside
Spokane, WA, 99201


IDAuthorized to practice law200211/12/2015
WYAuthorized to practice law200108/27/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
West Region 2012 Top Ranked Law FirmsFortune Magazine2012
Washington's Top 50 Law FirmsWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1993
Magna Cum LaudeGonzaga University School of Law1977
Graduation With DistinctionThunderbird School of Global Management1972
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalWinston & Cashatt, Lawyers, A Professional Service Corporation1978 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Idaho State BarMember2002 - Present
Wyoming State BarMember2001 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Eastern District of Washington chapter)Member1998 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Rules of Professional Conduct CommitteeMember1994 - 1996
Charles L. Powell American Inn of CourtMember1993 - 1996
Washington State Bar Association Law Related Education CommitteeMember1992 - 1993
American Bar AssociationMember1981 - 2002
American Association for JusticeMember1981 - 2012
Washington State Association for JusticeMember1979 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1978 - Present
Spokane County Bar AssociationMember1977 - Present
Gonzaga Law ReviewMember1975 - 1977
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Kirk et al. v. Ford Motor Company, 141 Idaho 697, 116 P.3d 27 (2005)Verdict for defendants affirmed by Idaho Supreme Court
Chinn v. City of Spokane, 429 Fed. Appx. 673, 2011 WL 1575607 (E.D. WA. 2011)Summary judgment in favor of defendants affirmed on appeal
Eugster v. City of Spokane, 128 Wn. App. 1, 114 P.3d 1200 (2005), 110 Wn. App. 212, 39 P.3d 380 (2002)Summary judgment in favor of defendants affirmed on appeal
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Publication nameTitleDate
26 Gonzaga Law Review 167Commercial Bribery, Antitrust Injury and Section 2(c) of the Robinson-Patman Act1991
12 Gonzaga Law Review 266Blending Mary Carter's Colors: A Tainted Covenant1977
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude1977
Thunderbird School of Global ManagementInternational ManagementM.B.A., With Distinction1972
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillInternational RelationsBA - Bachelor of Arts1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2008 WSAJ ConventionRepresenting Native Americans in Personal Injury Cases2008
Construction Management/Design Build in WashingtonLegal Issues Concerning Joint Ventures2003
18th Annual Insurance Law SeminarContinuing Problems in ERISA Litigation1996
Charles L. Powell InnPeremptory Challenges, Life After Batson1995
Charles L. Powell InnFee Shifting Issues in Federal Court1994
16th Annual Insurance Law SeminarUIM Update: Phantom Vehicle Corroboration1994
Essentials of Evidence SeminarEssentials of Evidence (What You and Your Expert Witness Should Expect from Each Other)1993
WSBA Trial Advocacy Skills Training SeminarDiscovery1990
SeminarPersuasive Trial Advocacy1989
Defending Personal Injury CasesDefending Social Guest and Alcohol Cases1986