W. Bruce Williams

W. Bruce Williams

Shareholder
Location:
Midland, Texas
Phone:
432-897-1440
866-721-6665 (Toll Free)
Fax:
432-684-3173
Email:

Bruce is a shareholder in the Litigation Section. He is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Bruce was formerly Chairman of the Administration of Rules of Evidence Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He was named as a Texas Super Lawyer in 2015 and 2016. ABOTA awarded him the rank of "Advocate." In 34 years with the firm, Bruce has taken a large number of cases to trial with extraordinary success.

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION

Product Liability, Personal Injury and Toxic Tort Litigation

Bruce represents manufacturers and retailers of products in litigation throughout the State of Texas. He has served as national counsel for a client handling 17,000 toxic tort claims. He successfully defended a national restaurant chain in a large number of claims of food poisoning and was successful in defendant strict liability and negligence claims against one of the nation's top snack food producers. He also has represented manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cranes, lift axles, electronic doors, oilfield fracing equipment, home gardening equipment, and other products.

In the area of personal injury, Bruce has defended oil field accident suits, successfully handling wellhead fires, tank battery explosions, oil rig accidents and heavy equipment operation injuries, as well as carrier transport trucking subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, railroad and auto accidents.

Oil and Gas Litigation

Bruce represents operators, drilling companies and oilfield service companies as well as royalty and working interest owners. He recently obtained an $8.5 million dollar verdict for his clients in a complicated oil and gas contract dispute. He has prosecuted and defended trespass to try title lawsuits and disputes over mineral interests as well as continuous drilling/ development lease clauses. He has reviewed in litigation hundreds of operating agreements, drilling and oilfield service contracts. In defense of oil and gas clients, he estimates that he has personally been on some one hundred oilfield accident sites including drilling rigs, work-over rigs, refineries, tank batteries, pipelines, and pump jacks. His oil and gas litigation experience includes cases centered on IADC drilling and other oilfield contracts where the duties between the operator, drilling contractor and service companies are at issue including indemnity, allocation of risk, and waiver of responsibility provisions.

Commercial Business

Bruce has handled a volume of commercial law cases and his practice has broadly encompassed almost every area of civil litigation, including business defamation, tortious interference with contract and the Texas Anti-SLAPP statute.

Employment Litigation

Bruce has practiced employment law in both state and federal courts. He has tried and resolved discrimination cases in the areas of age, sex, race, and disability. Bruce prides himself on using the law to obtain summary judgment on many of the issues presented in employment law cases.

Medical Malpractice, Federal False Claims Act (Qui Tam) and Healthcare Provider Litigation

Bruce has been successful in defending doctors, hospitals, and their personnel in medical malpractice suits. He has been particularly effective in handling lab, nursing, and emergency room personnel as targets of litigation. He has also handled employment and premises liability cases involving health care providers. He has successfully defended healthcare providers sued in "Qui Tam" cases brought under the Federal False Claims Act.

Contract, Insurance and Bad Faith Litigation

Bruce has handled a wide variety of contract disputes between people and companies. He has been successful in defending insurance companies in bad faith cases and Stowers litigation. He successfully defended a major insurance company in a small West Texas town where a quadriplegic was making bad faith/Stowers allegations. The underlying judgment that the plaintiff sought to enforce against the insurance company was approximately $9 million. In voir dire, Bruce creatively set forth the "parable of two brothers," which set the theme of the trial and led to a successful result.

Bruce served as a missionary in Argentina for two years before attending college. He is fluent in Spanish and taught Spanish for a year and a half. During his third year of law school, he simultaneously served on the Board of Barristers, as a note editor of the Law Review, and as a founder of the Legal Research Board. He was named as the outstanding graduate of 1982 by the law school's Chapter of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity.

Areas of Practice

  • Product Liability
  • Oil and Gas Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Toxic Tort Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice, Federal False Claims Act (Qui Tam) and Healthcare Provider Litigation
  • Contract, Insurance and Bad Faith Litigation
  • Commercial Business Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law , Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas
    • J.D. - 1982
    • Honors: Board of Barristers; Founder, Legal Research Board;
    • Law Review: Texas Tech Law Review 1980-1982, Note Editor, 1981 - 1982
  • Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
    • B.A. - 1979

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Graduate of 1982, Law Schools Chapter of Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity
  • Texas Super Lawyer 2015 , Texas Monthly Magazine
  • Texas Super Lawyer 2016, Dallas Morning News

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas, Former Chairman, Administration of Rules of Evidence Committee
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel (TADC)
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Texas State Bar College
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Rank - Advocate
  • The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)

Languages

  • Spanish

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Delta Phi