David H. Williams
Firm:
Morris James LLP
Phone:302.888.6900
Address: 500 Delaware Avenue, Suite 1500
Wilmington, DE 19801

Membership:
University: Gettysburg College, B.A., 1972, Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1975
Admitted: 1975, Delaware; United States District Court, District of Delaware; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court
Biography: David H. Williams is the Managing Partner of Morris James. He has more than 35 years of experience in the areas of employment law and education law, representing private and public employers, 15 school districts, a college, and a private school. Dave represents employers in a wide variety of litigation matters, administrative proceedings, arbitration, and collective bargaining issues, as well as counsels and represents educational institutions in the full spectrum of legal issues. As noted in Chambers USA 2013 - America's Leading Lawyers for Business, "David Williams takes on a wide variety of work, including litigation-based matters, counseling and arbitration, particularly with respect to collective bargaining agreements. He brings a "thorough, comprehensive and caring approach, uniformly and without exception" to his work, and is noted for his close ties with the education sector." Experience • Representation of employers in all varieties of litigation and administrative proceedings, including employment discrimination, discharge, constitutional claims, wage and hour issues, unfair labor practice claims, and restrictive covenants • Arbitration involving employment related disputes, and the interpretation and application of collective bargaining agreements • Counseling aimed at avoiding employment claims • Collective bargaining • Counseling educational institutions on all legal issues, and representing such clients in litigation and administrative proceedings relating to discharge of employees, expulsion of students, students' rights, Freedom of Information Act compliance, collective bargaining, constitutional issues of due process, Freedom of Speech and the Establishment Clause Professional Affiliations Delaware State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Sections American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Sections National Association of School Attorneys Delaware Council of School Board Attorneys, President The Office of Child Advocate, Delaware, Guardian ad litem on behalf of abused and neglected children Delaware Board of Bar Examiners, Past Member Recent Matters Martin Meltzer v. City of Wilmington Successfully secured summary judgment on the employment discrimination, constitutional and retaliation claims asserted against the City in State Court and two management employees, and secured affirmance on appeal in the Delaware Supreme Court. Defense of Employers In Sexual Abuse Claims Represented employers in 5 law suits involving sexual abuse claims alleging negligent selection and supervision of employees. Partial summary judgment was secured in several of the cases, and all of the claims were resolved. City of Rehoboth Beach v. Glenn McCandless Successfully obtained and collected a judgment against a former employee for embezzlement of the employer's resources for an amount in the six figures. Johnson v. Delaware Technical and Community College Secured summary judgment for the college in action asserting First Amendment and Due Process claims. The judgment was affirmed by the Third Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court denied the Petition for Certiorari. Labor Arbitrations Numerous favorable outcomes in arbitrations involving the interpretation and application of collective bargaining agreements. L&W Insurance, Inc. v. Harrington Represented Harrington in an action seeking to enforce a covenant not to compete. The Court denied the application for an injunction because Harrington established L&W Insurance, Inc. breached the agreement creating the covenant not to compete. News & Events News & Media Mentions Morris James Receives NAMI Delaware's Corporate Partner of the Year Award October 12, 2015 Best Lawyers® 2016 Recognizes 21 Morris James Attorneys August 18, 2015 Fourteen Morris James Attorneys Recognized in Chambers USA 2015 May 19, 2015 Morris James Leads Delaware Today "Top Lawyers" Edition with 25 Recognitions October 21, 2014 Four Morris James Attorneys Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® August 18, 2014 Morris James Receives Top Legal Rankings in Chambers USA 2014 May 23, 2014 Nine Morris James Attorneys Named as 2013 "Top Lawyers" by their Peers and Readers of Delaware Today Magazine October 28, 2013 Delaware Today Magazine Morris James Joins State Law Resources, Inc. August 19, 2013 20 Attorneys in 23 Practices Recognized by Best Lawyers® 2014 August 15, 2013 Best Lawyers® 2014 Morris James Expands Legal Services to Delaware Beach Area with New Rehoboth Office August 13, 2013 Chambers USA Names 13 Morris James Attorneys in Their 2013 Guide to Leading Business Lawyers May 29, 2013 Chambers USA Morris James Launches Delaware's First Healthcare Industry Blog May 15, 2013 Delaware Super Lawyers® 2013 Recognizes 12 Morris James' Attorneys January 9, 2013 Delaware Super Lawyers® Delaware Super Lawyers® Magazine Has Recognized 7 Morris James' Attorneys As Top Legal Counsel In Delaware December 11, 2012 20 Morris James Attorneys in 23 Practices Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers® 2013 August 30, 2012 Chambers USA Names 14 Morris James Attorneys in Their 2012 Guide to Leading Business Lawyers June 4, 2012 Delaware Super Lawyers® Recognizes 11 Morris James Attorneys as Top Legal Counsel in Delaware May 18, 2012 Morris James LLP Selected as the Winner of Global Law Experts' 2011 Delaware - Labor & Employment Law firm of the Year Award November 7, 2011 17 Morris James Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers® 2012 in 20 Practice Areas August 31, 2011 Delaware Super Lawyers® Names 8 Morris James Partners As Top Legal Counsel in Delaware May 31, 2011 U.S. News "Best Law Firms" Rankings Recognizes 12 Practice Areas of Morris James October 15, 2010 17 Morris James Attorneys Selected by Best Lawyers® 2011 August 4, 2010 Delaware Super Lawyers® Names 7 Morris James Partners as Top Legal Counsel in Delaware June 27, 2010 Chambers USA Names 10 Morris James Partners In Their 2010 Guide to Leading Business Lawyers June 16, 2010 Three Morris James Partners Named as National Finalists to the Lawdragon 500 List April 1, 2010 Best Lawyers® Names 15 Morris James Attorneys and Ranks the Firm #1 in Delaware for Education Law and Elder Law October 12, 2009 Delaware Super Lawyers® Magazine Has Named 7 Morris James Partners As Top Legal Counsel In Delaware June 17, 2009 Chambers USA 2009 Recognizes 8 Morris James Attorneys and 4 Practice Groups June 10, 2009 13 Morris James Partners Named in Best Lawyers® 2009 October 23, 2008 Eleven Morris James Partners Nominated in Best Lawyers® 2008 December 4, 2007 Six Morris James Attorneys Nominated to Delaware Super Lawyers® June 1, 2007 Blog(s) Delaware Healthcare Industry Blog Honors Best Lawyers®,2015 "Lawyer of the Year" for Labor Law Delaware Today® "Top Lawyers," 2014 Best Lawyers®, 2007-2016 Chambers USA, Recognized for Labor and Employment, 2004-2015 Delaware Super Lawyers®, 2007-2010, 2012-2013 Lawdragon 500, National Finalist, 2010 Delaware Volunteer Legal Services Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2009 Martindale-Hubbell, AV rating