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				Williams, Jr
Civil defense trial lawyer

Theodore Williams, Jr

Senior Counsel in St. Louis

Ted Williams has spent his entire professional life as a trial attorney. His trial experience includes the defense of railroad, aviation, medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, toxic tort, and admiralty cases. He began the practice of law in 1974 as a prosecutor in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His clients have been as diverse as railroads, aircraft manufacturers, airlines, heavy equipment manufacturers, highway trailer manufacturers, underground mining equipment manufacturers, pharmaceutical drug manufacturers, mining companies, and the Canadian Province of Ontario, just to name a few, and he has represented them in more than 200 jury trials.

Ted received national recognition as lead trial counsel in the successful defense of Kimberly-Clark Corporation in that company’s first toxic shock syndrome trial (Stanley v. Kimberly-Clark Corporation), for a defense verdict in the first product liability case tried nationwide on the issue of seat restraint devices in underground mining vehicles (Poston v. S & S Corporation, a division of Ingersoll-Rand) and for a defense verdict in the first case tried by the railroad industry regarding the alleged development of carpal tunnel syndrome in locomotive engineers (Pryor v. National Railroad Passenger Corporation). He also successfully defended Wabash National Corporation in patent claims regarding the company's innovative DuraPlate® trailer wall design (Fruehauf de Mexico v. Wabash National Corporation). Over the years, many of his trials have been listed among the top defense verdicts in the State of Missouri by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

While his trial practice has primarily been in high-exposure jury cases in Missouri and Illinois, to include Madison and St. Clair Counties, he regularly defends corporations and insurance companies throughout the Midwest. This includes cases from Colorado and Oklahoma to Indiana and from Minnesota to Arkansas.

In a number of instances, Ted has been asked to enter his appearance as lead trial counsel on cases already pending in our jurisdictions. Most recently, this has occurred in Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Kentucky. He also serves as National Counsel on railroad litigation for a Fortune 100 corporation, as Regional Counsel for several major corporations with responsibility for litigated matters throughout the Midwest, and as outside litigation counsel for shortline railroads in Kansas and Oklahoma. Ted has also represented the Canadian Province of Ontario.

Ted is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, has been elected to the rank of Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates, and has also been elected to membership in the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel as well as the International Association of Defense Counsel. Since 1994, Ted has been listed in two categories in The Best Lawyers in America© (Railroad Law and Personal Injury Litigation) and in Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers. He has also been included in Super Lawyers Business Edition, a national recognition of top attorneys in business-related fields, for his civil litigation work.

Military Background:

Ted Williams was commissioned in 1969 through the Army ROTC Program at Purdue University. He served three years on active duty as a Line Officer, ultimately commanding an Armored Cavalry Troop of the 9th Cavalry. While in the Reserves, he commanded an Infantry Company, as well as the Combat Support Company of an Infantry Battalion. He also served in various staff positions, both as an Operations and as an Intelligence Officer at Battalion and Brigade level. He left the service as a Captain in 1980. In 1990 he applied for a Commission in the Judge Advocate General Corps. Ted’s most recent assignment was as Chief of Criminal Law for the United States Army Air Defense Artillery Center at Ft. Bliss, Texas. In 2007, he retired from the Army with the Rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Ted’s military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky; Ranger and Airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia; The Judge Advocate General Corps Officer Advance Course at Charlottesville, Virginia; and the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

He has been inducted into the Purdue University ROTC Hall of Fame which honors those graduates who have distinguished themselves through service to the nation, their community, and as outstanding leaders in business, government, or other professional fields.


  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Colorado
  • Oklahoma
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • District of Columbia
  • USDC, Eastern District of Missouri
  • USDC, Western District of Missouri
  • USDC, Central District of Illinois
  • USDC, Northern District of Illinois
  • USDC, Southern District of Illinois
  • USDC, Northern District of Indiana
  • USDC, Eastern District of Oklahoma
  • USDC, Northern District of Oklahoma
  • USDC, Western District of Oklahoma
  • USDC, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • USDC, Western District of Wisconsin
  • USDC, District of Kansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Services
  • Supreme Court of the United States


  • University of Tulsa College of Law, J.D., 1974
  • Purdue University, B.A., 1969
  • University of North Carolina

Memberships & Activities

  • American Bar Association- Former Chairman, Rail and Motor Carrier Law Committee
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
    • General Counsel Committee
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
    •  Product Liability Committee
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America
  • Former Prosecutor, City of Tulsa, OK
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
    •  Transportation Law Committee
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association
  • Missouri Bar
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, Executive Committee, (2002 – present)
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Western Conference of Railway Counsel
  • Wisconsin Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, St. Louis Metropolitan Area, 1995-present
    • Personal Injury Litigation  Defendants (1995-present)
    • Railroad Law (1995-present)
    • Railroad Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2017)
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers®, 2005-present
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Selected by the Attorney General for the Province of Ontario, Canada to represent the Province in litigation in St. Louis

Community Involvement

  • National Museum of Transportation - Board of Directors