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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 and focused 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 the Chair of the Diversity Committee.  Monté is a member of the Environment, Social, Governance ("ESG") group, a group of attorneys with experience and knowledge about how ESG impacts all aspects of business. 

    Memberships & Awards

    Professional
    Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    The Best Lawyers in America®
    Best Lawyers® 2021 Morgantown, WV Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Lawyer of the Year
    Best Lawyers® 2020 Morgantown, WV Personal Injury - Defendants, Lawyer of the Year
    Best Lawyers® 2018 Morgantown, WV Litigation - Insurance, Law Lawyer of the Year
    Best Lawyers® 2016 Morgantown, WV, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, Lawyer of the Year
    Top Rated Lawyer (General Litigation) Super Lawyers®
    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
    Treasurer, Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
    Fellow, West Virginia Bar Foundation
    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

    Key Experience

    Assisted national wine distributor in avoiding lawsuit through settlement in allegations of unfair pricing
    Defended international retailer against claims of premises liability resulting in injury
    Emergency Response Team - Assisted oil and gas client with investigation and management of incident involving fatalities including on site interaction with regulatory agencies

    Work Experience

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

    Speaking Engagements

    "1983 Liability and Law Enforcement Best Practices," Martinsburg City Police Department, 2021

    "Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Being Curious and Doing the Right Thing," Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, 2021

    "To Serve and Protect: Racial Inequality, Policing and Accountability," DRI, 2020