"Though neither was a lawyer, my father and grandfather instilled in me the importance of law in our society in furthering and protecting the rights of others. Those tenets underscored my 26-year career as an officer in the US Army and during all my years as a trial lawyer, where I have strived to protect the rights of my clients."
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.
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.