John M. Williams

John M. Williams

Attorney
Location:
Lexington, Kentucky
Phone:
859-245-1059
Fax:
(859) 245-1231
Email:

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 Bachelor 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® PreeminentTM" rating by Martindale Hubbell. John is a member of the Kentucky, Fayette County, American and Federal Bar Associations. 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 also advises small to medium-sized business on a broad range of corporate matters, including business organization, governance and transactions.

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.

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 past member of the Kentucky State Corrections Commission. John is also a member of the board of directors of Shepherd's House, Inc. 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. He also received the 2015 Community Service Alumni Award from the University of Kentucky College of Law and 2017 Fayette County Bar Association Citizen-Lawyer Award. 

Year Joined Firm

  • 2005

Areas of Practice

  • Mineral & Energy
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Business Organizations and Transactions
  • Construction Claims
  • Occupational Safety (Defense)

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit

Education

  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
    • Juris Doctor - 1987
  • University of Kentucky College of Business & Economics, Lexington, Kentucky
    • Business Administration - 1984

Classes/Seminars

  • Organized the Federal Bar Association’s Introduction to Federal Practice Seminar
  • Mine Safety Matters At Local and National Seminars, Frequent Speaker
  • Frequent speaker on addiction in the legal profession and workplace

Honors and Awards

  • “AV® Preeminent™” rating by Martindale Hubbell
  • Listed in Best Lawyers (Energy Law)
  • Kentucky Super Lawyer (Thomsen Reuters)
  • Lawyer of the year 2015
  • 2015 Community Service Alumni Award, University of Kentucky College of Law
  • 2017 Fayette County Bar Association Citizen-Lawyer Award
  • University of Kentucky Society of Fellows

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kentucky Bar Association, Member
  • Fayette County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Kentucky Chapter, 2000, President
  • Kentucky Coal Association, Health & Safety Committee, 2006 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP, Associate, 1987 - 1994
  • Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP, Partner, 1994 - 2005

Pro Bono Activities

  • Special Olympics Kentucky, Inc., Board of Directors and Past Board Chair
  • Kentucky Bar Association Lawyers Assistance Program Foundation, Inc., Board of Trustees
  • Kentucky State Corrections Commission, Member
  • Lexington Children’s Museum, Inc., Past Board Chair
  • Kentucky Bar Association Lawyer’s Assistance Program, Volunteer Counselor
  • Shepherds House, Inc., Board of Directors