Michael A. Williams

Michael A. Williams, Principal Attorney

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Michael is a founding partner of Williams Dirks Dameron LLC. He specializes in Labor & Employment law, litigating discrimination and retaliation claims on behalf of plaintiffs.

After graduating from the University of Missouri with his B.A. in 1995 and his J.D. in 1998,Michael joined Lathrop & Gage LLC defending large and medium-sized corporations across the United States in discrimination and retaliation claims. In 2002, he became one of the firm’s youngest lawyers in history to serve as first chair at a federal trial. Michael was elected to firmpartnership, effective January, 2006.

In 2010, Michael established his own firm to pursue his passion for defending the rights of individuals denied their civil and equal employment rights. Since founding Williams Law LLC, the firm has grown to six attorneys, and is now Williams Dirks Dameron LLC.

In addition to his legal work, Michael is a member of the Missouri Bar, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys and National Employment Lawyers Association. In 2004, he became the first African American to serve on the Kansas Bar Association Board of Governors. He also previously served on the Board of Governors for the Young Lawyers Section of the Missouri Bar.

Michael has twice returned to the University of Missouri School of Law as an adjunct professor and has received Distinguished Recent Alumni Awards both from the School of Law and the MU College of Arts and Sciences. In 2014, he received the the Alumni Award from the University of Missouri.

Michael serves as a mentor and board member for Higher M-PACT, a non-profit group workingwith at-risk inner-city youth. He also works closely with Hope House, the United Way Young Leaders Society, and numerous other organizations. The Missouri Bar awarded him the Tom Cochran Community Service Award in 2014.

Michael currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife and daughter.

EDUCATION

University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, J.D., 1998

University of Missouri Columbia, B.A., 1995

BAR ADMISSIONS

Missouri

Kansas

HONORS & AWARDS

Tom Cochran Community Service Award, Missouri Bar, 2014

Super Lawyers Top 50-Kansas City, 2014-Present

Super Lawyers Top 100, 2014-Present

Super Lawyers, 2012-Present

Super Lawyers “Rising Star”, 2008

40 Under 40, Ingram’s Magazine 2009

Congenial Counselor Award, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association 2009

University of Missouri Alumni Association Alumni Award, 2014

University of Missouri School of Law Distinguished Recent Alumni Award, 2008

University of Missouri College of Arts and Science Distinguished Recent Alumni Award, 2006

Up and Coming Lawyer, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, 2006

Young Lawyer of the Year, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, 2006

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

United Way Young Leaders Society, 2004-Present

Hope House Board of Directors, 2012-Present

Higher M-Pact Board of Directors and Advisory Board, 2005-Present

University of Missouri Alumni Association, Life Member

Jefferson Board of Directors, 2008-2014

Law School Foundation Board of Directors, 2008-Present

University of Missouri Alumni Association, Kansas City Chapter Scholarship Committee and

Board Member, 2005-Present

Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys

The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section, Board of Directors, 2001-2009

The Missouri Bar Leadership Fellow, 2000-2001

Kansas Bar Association Board of Governors, 2004-2007

Kansas Bar Association, Inn of Court, 2003-2007

Centurion—Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, 2003-2005

Centurion—Alumni Association, 2005-Present

The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Young Lawyers Board of Directors, 1999-2003

The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Chair for Community Service, 2002-2003

The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Vice Chair for Community Service, 1999-2002

Lawyers Association of Kansas City, Board of Governors, 1999-2001

American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Litigation Section, Minority Lawyer

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To learn about his contingency-based work or other legal services,
call (816) 876-2600. 

Proudly serving the Kansas City community.