Monté L. Williams
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(304) 598-8142
Office: Morgantown
Energy
Business
Employment
Litigation
Attorney
J.D. West Virginia University
M.A. West Virginia University
B.A. West Virginia University
Licensure: PA | WV
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Biography

Monté Williams often tells clients, "I'm here to help eliminate your worry."  Monté puts all his skills to work to protect his clients, whether he's defending them at trial, managing litigation, negotiating settlements, conducting investigations, or partnering with them to find ways to avoid future problems.  His experience as a former West Virginia State Trooper means he can investigate and evaluate situations quickly and strategically.  Additionally, his law enforcement training allows him to remain calm in high stress situations.  As the head of the firm’s Oil & Gas Emergency Response Team, Monté uses this level-headed approach to help clients manage rapidly evolving situations as the right people, administrative, legal, and regulatory resources are coordinated. Monté collaborates with his clients to protect them and fight for the best possible outcome long before litigation is a reality.  His efforts have proven successful in cases of energy disputes; police liability; state, county, or municipal liability; contract disputes; medical malpractice; first and third party bad faith; personal injury; products liability; and premises liability.

Monté is the General Litigation Practice Group Leader, head of the firm’s Oil & Gas Emergency Response Team, a member of the firm's Coal Emergency Response Team, and a member of the Diversity and Recruiting Committees.  He is a member of the Litigation Training Committee which is responsible for identifying and carrying out all internal training of the litigation associates, as well as mentoring associates within the firm.  

Work Experience

2003 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1994-2003 West Virginia State Police

Speaking Engagements

"Use of Force," West Virginia Division of Probation 2012

"CGL Coverage for Construction Defect Claims," Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB) 2012

"Being the Backbone of the Operation: Tips & Tricks on How to Be Second Chair at Trial," DRI Young Lawyers Seminar 2012

"A-B-C-D-E-discovery," Annual Meeting, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia 2009

"Liability Issues," West Virginia Division of Probation 2009

"How to Depose/Interrogate a Plaintiff/Suspect," West Virginia Defense Trial Counsel's Annual Meeting 2007

"If the Mirror Could Speak," West Virginia Troopers Association's Annual Meeting 2006

"Think Like a Lawyer," Joint Presentation to Snowshoe Ski Resort's Security Patrol 2005

Key Experience

Defended client against personal injury claims with extensive damages involving crane accident
Sought summary judgment on behalf of institution of higher education for case involving death of a student
Defended the manufacturer of underground coal equipment against allegations of wrongful death resulting from defective design

Memberships & Awards

Professional
The Best Lawyers in America®
Best Lawyers® 2016 Morgantown, WV, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, Lawyer of the Year
Super Lawyers® Rising Star
Selected to the Department of the Justice's Honors Program
Winner of the Baker Cup Competition
CALI Award for Appellate Advocacy
Order of the Barristers
Vice Chair, DRI, Young Lawyers State & Local Defense Organizations Subcommittee
Past Chair, DRI, Young Lawyers Activities Subcommittee
Past Member, Board of Governors, West Virginia State Bar
Charter Member/Chairperson, West Virginia Black Lawyers Alumni Association
Past Member, Visiting Committee, West Virginia University College of Law
Board of Governors, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
Past Chair, Defense Research Institute, Young Lawyers Public Service Subcommittee (2008)
Past Chair, Defense Research Institute, Young Lawyers Diversity Subcommittee (2010)
Young Lawyers Liaison, Trial Tactics Committee, Defense Research Institute
Monongalia/Marion Counties District Representative, Young Lawyers Section, West Virginia State Bar 2006-2009
Citizen Member, West Virginia Ethics Commission

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