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Davida S. Williams
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2021 Up & Coming Attorneys: Davida S. Williams

Davida Williams’ first vocational choice as a grade-schooler was to be a marine biologist. But she soon changed her mind to a practice of law, which is where she has excelled in adulthood.

A partner at Greene Espel, Williams started as a general litigation associate.

“But I was put on some antitrust cases, and that made me interested in that area,” she said.

Williams has built a busy practice representing companies primarily in antitrust, commercial and employment litigation.

While at Harvard Law School, Williams served as a research assistant to Professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr., the internal vice president of the Harvard Black Law Students Association. She also was a legal intern for the Campaign Legal Center in Washington, D.C., and as a clinical intern for the Criminal Appeals Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.

At Greene Espel, Williams has honed the skills needed to help clients navigate complex antitrust, commercial and employment matters before trial and appellate courts. She has worked on major antitrust matters in federal courts around the country, and also represents clients in government enforcement actions and government investigations

Williams also handles a variety of employment matters, including noncompetes and internal investigations, and represents clients in appeals. For example, in her first month at Greene Espel, she helped a trial team representing a client in Illinois Federal Court on a motion for preliminary injunction. Even though she was the newest member of the team, Williams found key documents that the team used to examine witnesses in trial.

Even so, she cites a pro bono unemployment benefits case as being among her most memorable.

“The client was elderly, and his wife had MS,” she said. “He was essentially fired from his job, but they said he quit. We took it to the Minnesota Court of Appeals, where we won a reversal and remand.”

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