Tom Williams



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Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 1975, with honors

B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1973

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

United States Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas


Tom Williams has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for more than two decades and has served as a trusted counselor to companies, individuals, lawyers and his community for more than 30 years.

An experienced litigator and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates -- currently lauded in The Best Lawyers in America for First Amendment Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation and Commercial Litigation -- Tom has handled cases across a broad spectrum of practice areas, including those involving claims of libel; invasion of privacy and other First Amendment issues; copyright and trademark infringement; professional responsibility and professional liability claims; oil and gas disputes; employment disputes; and a wide variety of commercial, corporate and business issues.

Throughout Tom’s career, leaders in his community and profession have turned to him for advice, counsel, and service.  Before the age of 30, Tom served as Vice-Chair of The City of Fort Worth Charter Review and Revision Commission.  In 2007 and again in 2010 the Supreme Court of Texas appointed Tom to the Board of Disciplinary Appeals, a statewide judicial body of twelve attorneys appointed by the Supreme Court to hear certain attorney discipline cases, and Tom served two terms as Chair of the Tarrant County Bar Foundation.  

In 2006, the Tarrant County Bar Association honored Tom with its Professionalism Award, given each year to a Tarrant County lawyer who best “exemplifies, by conduct and character, professional traits that others in the bar should try to emulate.”

Professional Recognition

  • Included in 2013-2015 editions of Best Lawyers in America in three categories: Commercial Litigation, First Amendment Litigation, and Intellectual Property Litigation; listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" in every edition of the publication since 1991
  • Chosen by his peers as one of Fort Worth's Top Attorneys in Civil Litigation, Fort Worth, Texas, The City's Magazine, 2011-2013
  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers, 2003-2014
  • Received Tarrant County Bar Association Professionalism Award, 2006
  • Martindale Hubbell® Law Directory with a Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™


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Professional and Community Activities

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals, Member appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas (2007-2013)
  • American Bar Association (Member, Litigation Section; Forum Committee on Communications Law)
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Bar Foundation (Chair, Board of Directors, 2009, 2010)
  • Texas Bar Foundation Life Fellow
  • Media Law Resource Center, Defense Counsel Section
  • Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, Board of Directors and Secretary
  • Society of Professional Journalists Fort Worth Chapter, Board of Directors
  • American Bar Association Litigation Section, First Amendment and Media Litigation Committee
  • American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Media Privacy and Defamation Law Committee

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