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James Lee Williams Jr.

Litigation Attorney at Fort Worth, TX

5.0   2 reviews

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Practice areas
  1. Business
    25%
    Fort Worth business lawyers who are experienced with the formation of entities, partnerships, corporations as well as other business organization issues including buy-sell agreements, non-disclosure, non-compete and employment agreements. Contract drafting and analysis as well as franchise and small business representation.

    32 years

  2. Construction and development
    25%
    We handle mechanics and materialman’s liens and claims for negligent performance of construction work, including claims alleging damage to property. We defend contractors and sub-contractors that have been sued, in such types of claims as construction accounts, mechanics liens, injured employee litigation, construction accidents, sub-contractor issues, construction defect cases and a variety of other types of litigation.

    32 years

  3. Employment and labor
    25%
    Works closely with employers and human resources departments in connection with discrimination and harassment claims, EEOC claims, and other employment related matters, including nonsubscriber defense.

    32 years

  4. Litigation
    25%
    Mr. Williams possesses extensive experience in civil litigation and transactional work, including employment law defense and business representation, insurance defense, workers' compensation defense, construction law, collections practice, nonsubscriber defense and commercial litigation

    32 years

Awarded the AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, the country’s leading legal directory for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. In 2015, he achieved the highest possible rating (5.0 out of 5.0). The rating was awarded to less than five percent of all attorneys across the United States. This designation is a widely respected mark of achievement; it differentiates an attorney from his or her competition. The Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ are an objective indicator of an attorney’s high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of attorneys by other members of the bar and the judiciary. The AV® Preeminent™ Rating is the highest possible rating given by LexisNexis Martindale, and is established on a peer-review basis. It signifies that Mr. Williams has been rated as having the best possible scores for legal abilities and ethical standards. It is a nationally-recognized acknowledgment of an attorney’s accomplishments and skills, and is known to position him or her among the elite practitioners in the country.

Mr. Williams has been awarded the highest possible Judicial Ranking by the Judiciary in 2018 and has been awarded the the Judicial AV® Preeminent™ Plaque by American Registry and Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Williams has been voted by his peers and awarded the Top Attorney Rating by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. He is also listed as one of Tarrant County’s Top Lawyers in Fort Worth, Texas Magazine, 2002, Insurance Defense category.

He was also awarded a  “Superb” Rating by AVVO (a perfect score of 10.0 out of 10.0), a Top Attorney rating calculated using a mathematical model that evaluates relevant data in an attorney’s profile, including experience, disciplinary history, professional achievements, client reviews, peer reviews and industry recognition .The rating system periodically collects background data from multiple sources, including state bar associations, court records, lawyer websites, and other information, and is considered a premier consumer dedicated attorney rating system.

Mr. Williams is also a Member of the prestigious Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM Alliance), an alliance comprised of insurance companies, corporations, Corporate Counsel, Litigation and Risk Managers, claims professionals and insurance defense attorneys. Through education and collaboration the organization’s goals are to create a common interest in the representation by firms of companies, and to promote and further the highest standards of litigation management in pursuit of client defense. Selected attorneys and law firms are extended membership by invitation only based on nominations from CLM Fellows. 

Mr. Williams was also selected by ALM to be included in the 2017 and 2018 Annual section of Texas’s Top Rated Lawyers in The Texas Lawyer.

He was also invited to be included in the 2016 publication of Legal Leaders: Insurance Law in The American LawyerThe National Law Journal and Corporate Counsel. Additionally, American Registry LLC, has named James L. Williams to The Registry™ of Business and Professional Excellence.

He was selected to be included in U.S. News Lawyer Directory Best Lawyers.

The firm has been selected as one of the "10 Best Law Firms for Texas" by The American Institute of Legal Counsel (AIOLC) for workers' comp litigation defense which recognizes excellence of practitioners in their practice areas. This is a significant achievement as each firm must be formally nominated by the Institute, clients, and/or fellow attorneys, have attained the highest degree of professional achievement and have an impeccable Client Satisfaction Rating, with client satisfaction being of paramount importance.

The firm has also been selected by Expertise.com as among the Top 17 Litigation Attorneys serving Fort Worth, Texas in 2018.  Expertise.com scored litigation attorneys on more than 25 variables across five categories, including reputation, credibility, experience, availability and professionalism and analyzed the results to give a hand-picked list of the best litigation attorneys in Fort Worth, Texas.

Each year The American Registry reviews industry data and recognition criteria throughout the world to identify and award the “Best of the Best”. Mr Williams has been selected as within the TOP 1%, attaining the “America’s Most Honored Professionals” Recognition for 2018.

Williams, McClure & Parmelee provides a broad range of legal services with concentration in the areas of insurance defense litigation and business representation. Our attorneys have over 90 years of combined legal experience. The firm has extensive experience in business and insurance company representation including insurance defense, construction law, transportation law, workers' compensation defense and employment law defense. Our firm places special emphasis on representation of insurance companies, third party administrators (TPA's) and assisting insurance claims management and claims personnel. Williams, McClure & Parmelee combines large firm performance with small firm relationships and small firm fees. Williams, McClure & Parmelee is a preferred law firm for the Insurance Management Institute Insurance Law List. The firm is recommended counsel of the Directory of American Business & Insurance Attorneys (ABIA). The firm includes an Associate Member of the Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS) as well as a member of the Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA). We are also a listed Insurance Defense Law Firm by Casualty Adjusters Guide (CAG). Attorneys at Williams, McClure & Parmelee have litigated cases before state administrative agencies, state courts, federal agencies, federal courts and the American Arbitration Association. 

 Williams, McClure & Parmelee has also been recognized for excellence in adherence to the highest professional standards and integrity by Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM).

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Licensed for 33 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1989
Updated 10/23/2022

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Williams, McClure & Parmelee
5601 Bridge Street, Suite 300
Fort Worth, TX, 76112

Reviews

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Posted by James | August 19, 2014
Very helpful in setting up our business
Our company hired Jim Williams and his law firm to help us with our business formation, incorporation, start up and transactional issues. We continue to use the firm for ongoing legal needs, and are very grateful for the insightful advice and assistance that we have received. When it comes to serving the needs of a business like ours, we would look to no other group of attorneys. This is a superb group of Texas business attorneys, experienced, highly qualified and extremely knowledgeable. It is obvious that the number one goal is client satisfaction. They aim to please. I would easily rate them a 10 out of 10.
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Posted by Robert | April 30, 2013
Highly Recommended Civil Litigation Attorney for Texas cases
Our company has hired Jim on numerous occasions over the years and we've got nothing but great things to say about Jim and the firm. He will always take the fight to the other side and seems to always good fantastic outcomes, whether it be in trial or with a great settlement. I wish all lawyers were as dedicated as Jim, and for Texas litigation, you can't go wrong with these guys.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President & Managing Partner
  • Williams, McClure & Parmelee
  • 2015 - Present
  • President
  • Williams, Lacy, McClure & Parmelee
  • 2012 - 2015
  • President and Managing Partner
  • Williams, McClure & Parmelee
  • 2001 - 2012
  • Of Counsel
  • Chappell, Hill & Lowrance
  • 1998 - 2001
  • Principal
  • Chappell & McGartland
  • 1994 - 1998
  • Associate Attorney
  • Riddles, McGrath & Greenberg
  • 1990 - 1994
  • Assistant City Attorney
  • Dallas City Attorney's Office
  • 1989 - 1989
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Education

  • Texas Tech University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • Washington and Lee University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985
  • Washington and Lee University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985

Legal Cases

  • Pickens v A&W
  • Defense victory with appeal
  • Velesco v Kenworth
  • Successful defense with appeal
  • Gomez v Northwest
  • Defense victory maintained
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Associations

  • National List of Attorneys
  • 2014 - Present
  • Risk And Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS)
  • Associate Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • The National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP)
  • 2013 - Present
  • Grapevine High School Football Booster Club
  • 2012 - Present
  • The Honorable Order of the Blue Goose Insurance Organization
  • 2012 - Present
  • DFW Council of Safety Professionals
  • 2010 - Present
  • Tarrant County Bar Referral Service
  • 2001 - Present
  • Texas Association of Non Subscribers
  • 2001 - Present
  • Workers’ Compensation Section, State Bar of Texas
  • 2001 - Present
  • Insurance Law Section, State Bar of Texas
  • 2001 - Present
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Defense Research Institute
  • 2001 - Present
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA)
  • 2006 - 2014
  • Subrogation Association of North Texas
  • 2005 - 2014
  • Tarrant County Bar Young Lawyers Association
  • 1994 - 1996
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - 1991
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent® Rated Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • 2018 Top Rated Lawyer in Texas
  • ALM
  • 2018
  • Top Litigation Attorneys, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Expertise.com
  • 2018
  • Highest Possible Judicial Ranking by the Judiciary, Preeminent
  • American Registry, Martindale Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Top 1%, Best of the Best, America's Most Honored Professionals
  • American Registry
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Law Firms for Texas
  • The American Institute of Legal Counsel (AIOLC)
  • 2018
  • U.S. News Lawyer Directory Best Lawyers
  • U.S. News
  • 2018
  • Top Attorney Litigation/ Superb
  • AVVO
  • 2018
  • Top Attorney
  • Fort Worth Magazine
  • 2018
  • 2017 Top Rated Lawyer in Texas
  • ALM
  • 2017
  • Top Attorney
  • Fort Worth Magazine
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent® Rated Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top Attorney
  • Fort Worth Magazine
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent® Rated Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top Attorney
  • Fort Worth, Texas Magazine
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent® Rated Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top Attorney Litigation/ Superb
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Top Attorney
  • Fort Worth, Texas Magazine
  • 2014
  • Selected Attorney
  • National List of Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Selected Preferred Member Attorney
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • 2013
  • Special Commissioner
  • Tarrant County
  • 2011
  • Designated Expert Witness in Texas Workers' Compensation Law
  • Multiple Issues
  • 2005
  • Top Lawyers, Insurance Defense
  • Fort Worth, Texas Magazine
  • 2002
  • Preferred Panel Counsel Award
  • National Insurance Carrier
  • 1995
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Publications

  • Lorman Education Services
  • Workers' Compensation Defenses
  • 2001
  • Lorman Education Services
  • Adjudication of Workers Compensation Claims in District Court
  • 2000
  • Lorman Education Services
  • Recent Appeals Panel and Case Law Update
  • 2000
  • Lorman Education Services
  • Non-Subscriber Issues and Update
  • 2000
  • The Examiner
  • Supplemental Income Benefits Based on Ratable Impairment
  • 1997
  • Claims Educational
  • Claims Investigations and the Witness Statement
  • 1995
  • Client Communications
  • Do’s and Don’ts of Depositions
  • 1994
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Speaking Engagements

  • Workers Compensation Seminar
  • Defenses to Workers Compensation
  • 2001
  • Claims Conference
  • Mediation Strategies for Insurance Claims
  • 1998
  • Claims Organization Sessions
  • Evaluating Personal Injury Damages
  • 1997
  • Claims University
  • Automobile Accidents and the Claims Adjuster
  • 1993
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
Unknown Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jim for years and had the pleasure of working with him in the past. Jim is an excellent lawyer who is dedicated to his clients and aggressive in pursuing justice for them. I highly recommend and endorse Jim for anyone defending a seriously injury or high exposure case in Texas."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is a man of character and integrity on top of being a truly gifted lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I had the privilege of working with Jim at a law firm as a young lawyer. After I moved on, I had the opportunity to handle cases for clients who had claims against a client of Jim's. Jim is a worthy adversary who works to protect his client's interests while being respectful in the process. Jim also keeps the big picture in mind for his clients, not just concerning himself with the matter at hand but also thinking through the ramifications for other aspects of the client's affairs. Jim us top notch, grade A."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is a fierce litigator who I can trust to take care of the clients who come to me looking for an attorney to assist in commercial disputes. I refer all of my client's with commercial litigation issues to Jim. He is responsive and very appreciative of any clients, big or small, that I send his way. I endorse Jim wholeheartedly."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jim is an excellent lawyer. I have had the opportunity to work with Jim and have observed his talents in and outside the courtroom. Jim knows how to get bottom line results for his clients. I highly recommend Jim."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jim for over 20 years and can state without reservation that he is both a skilled litigator and a man of great integrity. I've watched Jim build his practice by developing long and trusted relationships with his clients, controlling litigation expenses and delivering results."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked closely with Jim Williams and his law firm and have seen the dedication and hard work that underlies the outstanding product the firm delivers. The firm has an incredible staff of experienced and knowledgeable employees. I have referred cases to Jim and will continue to do so with complete confidence that his end goal is always client satisfaction. This is a highly skilled Fort Worth litigation firm. They know business litigation, construction law, employment law and insurance law inside and out. It is little wonder that so many companies retain this firm as their go-to litigation law firm in Texas."
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