Baylor Lawyer John Eddie Williams, Jr. (left) poses with the 2018 inductees into the Trail Lawyer Hall of Fame
WACO, Texas -
Legendary Baylor Lawyer John Eddie Williams (J.D. ’78) has been honored by the National Trial Lawyers Association with induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.
The National Trial Lawyers Association acknowledges exceptional lawyers who leave an indelible mark on the American legal tradition through a lifetime of service to the public, the Constitution, and the trial bar. Williams was one of five lawyers recognized during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony at a conference in Las Vegas in April 2018. Also inducted into the class of 2018 were Elizabeth Cabraser, of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, Gary Douglas, of Douglas & London, P.C., Robert Mongeluzzi of Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, P.C., and Hezekiah Sistrunk of The Cochran Firm.
Dean Brad Toben congratulated Williams and stated, "John Eddie is not only an exceptional trial lawyer, but also a generous, caring person who embodies the Baylor Law tradition of service by fighting for those who are at the margins of our society, and who deserve a fierce advocate before the law." He added, “John Eddie’s passion for the law and dedication to serving others are traits we hope to instill in every Baylor Lawyer. There is no one more deserving of this accolade than John Eddie.”
John Eddie’s passion for the law and dedication to serving others are traits we hope to instill in every Baylor Lawyer.–Dean Brad Toben
Williams is managing partner of Williams Kherkher Hart Boundas Law Firm, LLP of Houston, one of Texas' leading plaintiffs' personal injury firms. The firm is active in environmental cases, including the representation of plaintiffs in asbestos, silicosis, benzene, and toxic waste exposure cases. The firm's lawyers also represent, among other clients, many major unions and labor and trade councils in several Texas cities and metropolitan areas. Williams is managing partner of Williams Kherkher Hart Boundas Law Firm, LLP of Houston, one of Texas' leading plaintiffs' personal injury firms. The firm is active in environmental cases, including the representation of plaintiffs in asbestos, silicosis, benzene, and toxic waste exposure cases. The firm's lawyers also represent, among other clients, many major unions and labor and trade councils in several Texas cities and metropolitan areas.
A native Houstonian and the son, and grandson, of longshoremen, Williams grew up in Pasadena and attended schools there. His father later became the secretary-treasurer of the Longshoremen's Union, representing more than 15,000 members in an area from North Carolina to Brownsville, Texas. A standout football player at Pasadena High School, Williams entered Baylor on a football scholarship after being recruited by then-Head Coach Grant Teaff. Williams played football for Baylor for two years and received a bachelor of business degree in 1976.
At Baylor Law School, he finished first in his class, served as editor-in-chief of the Baylor Law Review, and passed the Texas State Bar Exam 15 days before graduating from law school. Among the accolades Williams has received for his many professional and community accomplishments, he was selected as the Baylor Lawyer of the Year in 2002. He and his wife Sheridan, the owner of the Houston interior design firm, Sheridan Clark Interiors, have been married for 20 years. The Williams have two daughters, Kristen, married to Lee Nix, and Lauren, married to Worth Snyder.
Baylor Law congratulates John Eddie Williams, Jr. on this well-deserved honor.
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