Jill Williams specializes in defending police departments and their officers in complex civil rights and wrongful death lawsuits and a variety of public agencies in employment discrimination and retaliation lawsuits.
Above all, Ms. Williams is a litigator, at ease in both federal and state court, who spends most of her time in the courtroom, in deposition, preparing and arguing dispositive motions, writs and appeals, and handling complex discovery issues. Ms. Williams has had the opportunity of arguing before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, California’s Fourth District Court of Appeal, and California’s Second District Court of Appeal. In addition, Ms. Williams had the distinct pleasure of drafting an amici curie brief on behalf of the League of California Cities for the United States Supreme Court in support of a petition for a writ of certiorari in City of Los Angeles v. Cedrick Cleveland (USSC No. 05-851), involving firefighters’ entitlement to overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Ms. Williams’ tenacity, knowledge of the law, and attention to detail has resulted in the dismissal of countless lawsuits brought against her clients.
B.A., University of Utah, 1999
J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, 2002
Central District of California
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Supreme Court
Leadership, Membership & Honors
Ms. Williams is a frequent lecturer on all aspects of civil rights and employment law, where she shares her wealth of litigation experience, knowledge of the law, trials and errors with her clients to help them navigate the turbulent waters of risk management. In addition, Ms. Williams has taught Civil Procedure as a guest instructor at Southwestern University School of Law.