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John M. Williams

John M. Williams is a native of Loyall in Harlan County, Kentucky. John graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Business & Economics with a Bachelors of Business Administration (Finance) in 1984 and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1987. He has earned an “AV® Preeminent™” rating by Martindale Hubbell. John is a member of the Kentucky, Fayette County, American and Federal Bar Associations. He has held several officer positions with the Kentucky Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, including President in 2000. On several occasions, he organized the Federal Bar Association’s Introduction to Federal Practice seminar for new attorneys in the Eastern District of Kentucky. John is a volunteer counselor with the Kentucky Bar Association Lawyer’s Assistance Program.

John has extensive litigation experience in federal and state courts throughout Kentucky. Although his practice is primarily in mineral and energy and commercial litigation, John has experience in personal injury, construction claims, architect and engineer defense and collection matters. His experience in mineral law includes drafting and reviewing lease agreements, contract mining agreements and other transactions plus litigation of contract disputes, boundary disputes and personal injury matters. In the commercial litigation area, John has represented parties in business torts, lender liability and a wide variety of contract disputes.

John represents numerous coal companies in mine safety matters before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission. He regularly represents operators in special investigations conducted by the Mine Safety and Health Administration and as well as advising these clients on compliance matters. He is also a frequent speaker on mine safety matters at local and national seminars. In 2006, John worked with the Kentucky Coal Association’s Health & Safety Committee reviewing and making recommendations regarding proposed changes to Kentucky’s mine safety laws.

John serves on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Kentucky, Inc., and served as Board Chair for two years. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Kentucky Bar Association Lawyers Assistance Program Foundation, Inc. and a member of the Kentucky State Corrections Commission. John was also on the Board of the Lexington Children’s Museum, Inc. for almost ten years, during which he served as Board Chair for five years.