Practice Areas

  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Class and Collective Action Litigation
  • TCPA Litigation and Compliance
  • Labor and Employment Law

Education

Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

  • J.D. 2010, magna cum laude
  • Order of the Coif
  • Editor in Chief, SMU Law Review’s Journal of Air Law & Commerce
  • Member, Barristers Society

Southern Methodist University

  • B.S. History 2005,
    magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Texas

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Northern, and Eastern Districts of Texas, and for the Central District of California and the District of Massachusetts

Benjamin D. Williams

Ben has experience representing Fortune 500 companies across a wide range of industries, including in the telecommunications, retail, transportation, construction, entertainment, and energy sectors. He has defended clients in state and federal cases involving trade secret disputes, TCPA controversies, consumer-protection claims, product-liability disputes, complex business disputes, and in labor and employment matters, including, for example, large Title VII class-action cases. Ben was a member of the defense team in Dukes v. Wal-Mart, one of the largest class-action employment-discrimination cases in history.

Ben has broad experience in large-scale and high-stakes class action matters and in complex multidistrict litigation.

Ben is committed to community involvement and serves as a cooperating attorney for Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund, a non-profit organization.

While in law school, Ben served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Air Law & Commerce and was a judicial extern to the Honorable A. Joe Fish in the Northern District of Texas. Before becoming a lawyer, Ben was a senior labor relations principal for a global airline.

Ben is licensed to practice law in both Texas and California.

  • Obtained dismissal of the class allegations at the pleading stage of a nationwide products-liability class action involving claims of allegedly tainted aviation fuel
  • Successfully defended retail energy companies in class action suits alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act
  • Defended leading Silicon Valley technology company in various consumer class action disputes involving the company’s smartphones and other devices
  • Defended premier global rideshare company in high-stakes, high-profile litigation brought by Silicon Valley competitor alleging trade secret theft
  • Defended worldwide fantasy sports operator in an 80-case MDL class action involving claims of fraud, false advertising, and violation of several states’ anti-gambling laws
  • Successfully defended large retail company in nationwide class action involving Title VII discrimination claims
  • Successfully defended large retail company in regional class actions involving Title VII discrimination claims, after the U.S. Supreme Court denied plaintiffs’ request to proceed as a nationwide class
  • Successfully represented major media and entertainment company in large, nationwide employment class action involving allegations that its social media job-advertising practices violated federal and state age-discrimination laws
  • Obtained complete dismissal at the pleading stage in lawsuit against oilfield services company, alleging sex and racial discrimination
  • Obtained complete summary judgment victory for an oilfield services company against plaintiffs’ allegations of racial discrimination under 42 U.S.C. § 1981
  • Successfully represented, pro bono, class of incarcerated individuals alleging Eighth Amendment and ADA claims against a state government, in connection with their conditions of confinement during the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Represented world’s largest oilfield services company in a cross-border contract dispute
  • Successfully defended large oilfield services company in various cases involving discrimination claims under the ADA, Title VII, and 42 U.S.C. § 1981
  • Represented multinational corporate energy company in high-stakes, multi-billion-dollar litigation against a foreign government; cases involved litigation in several jurisdictions and a proceeding before an international arbitral tribunal
  • Successfully represented Fortune 500 energy company in high-stakes arbitration involving a dispute over the purchase of a major natural gas pipeline system
  • Speaker, Developments in LGBT-Rights Employment Law, Houston Bar Association, 2019
  • Best Practices for Separation Agreements, Morrison & Foerster Client Commentary, February 2016
  • Arbitration of Employment Claims: Challenges and Limits on Enforceability in Texas, The Advocate (Winter 2013)  (co-author)
  • Playing the Slots: The FAA Gambles with its Controversial Congestion Management Plan for New York’s Busiest Airports,” Journal of Air Law & Commerce, 74 J. Air L. & Com. 437 (2009)
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 564 U.S. 338 (2011)
  • Hernandez v. Rush Enters., Inc., No. 4:19-CV-638, 2020 WL 7396509, at *1 (E.D. Tex. Dec. 17, 2020)
  • In re Daily Fantasy Sports Litig., No. MDL 16-02677-GAO, 2019 WL 6337762, at *1 (D. Mass. Nov. 27, 2019)
  • Johansen v. Nat’l Gas & Elec. LLC, No. 2:17-CV-587, 2018 WL 3933472, at *1 (S.D. Ohio Aug. 16, 2018), case dismissed, No. 18-3895, 2019 WL 4597740 (6th Cir. Apr. 18, 2019)
  • Reedy v. Phillips 66 Co., No. CV H-17-2914, 2018 WL 1413087, at *1 (S.D. Tex. Mar. 20, 2018)
  • Love v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., No. 12-61959-CIV, 2013 WL 5434565, at *1 (S.D. Fla. Sept. 23, 2013)
  • Selected as a Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2014, 2015, and 2020
  • Steering Committee Member, Texas Minority Counsel Program (TMCP), State Bar of Texas, 2018–2020
  • Pro bono counsel and cooperating attorney, Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund
  • Board Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Los Angeles, Young Lawyers Division (2015–2017)
  • Houston Bar Association