Chad Williams is co-managing partner of Davis Graham
& Stubbs LLP and a member of the firm’s Trial Department and Executive
Committee. He practices complex civil and criminal litigation, with an emphasis
in white collar defense, complex business disputes, securities and corporate
governance litigation, SEC enforcement, and all cases earmarked for trial.
In the last decade, Mr. Williams has been involved in
some of the largest lawsuits and investigations, and some of the most
politically sensitive matters, in the U.S. He regularly represents sizable
public and private corporations in their most important litigations across the
country. Mr. Williams represents
high-profile individuals, including company directors, corporate officers and
executives, and government officials. He is frequently enlisted by audit and
special committees to investigate company malfeasance and alleged ethical
violations, to report to boards about those investigations, and to work with
government enforcers to resolve potential company liability.
Mr. Williams has a white collar defense practice that is
preeminent in the Western U.S. He has handled hundreds of complex criminal
cases including criminal securities violations, financial fraud and other
economic crimes, criminal copyright infringement, computer hacking and privacy
offenses, and cases involving allegations under the False Claims and Foreign
Corrupt Practices Acts. He has recently successfully represented key
individuals and corporations in some of the highest stakes white collar matters
in the country.
As a former Deputy State Public Defender, his courtroom
experience is vast. Mr. Williams has
taken to trial numerous civil and criminal cases ranging from criminal
securities fraud to high stakes civil disputes on behalf of major natural
resources companies. He has a track
record of prevailing at trial in even the most difficult and media charged
However, many of his client wins are achieved quietly,
away from the view of the public. Mr. Williams is accomplished in orchestrating
declinations and “no file” decisions from government enforcers, and in managing
crisis situations involving material criminal, political, reputational, and
Mr. Williams graduated from the University of Denver
Sturm College of Law, Order of St. Ives.
Before starting at DGS, more than 20 years ago, he clerked for Michael E. Tigar
in the defense of United States v. Terry
Lynn Nichols. He has received acclaim over the years for his successes in
the legal practice. For many years running, he has been selected for inclusion
in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America,
Colorado Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, and Benchmark Litigation as a Local Litigation Star. He has earned an AV® PreeminentTM
Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. A Colorado Bar Foundation Fellow,
Mr. Williams is a former member of the Standing Committee of the Criminal
Justice Act Panel. He has been involved
in countless working groups and ad hoc panels for the improvement of criminal
justice, attorney ethics, and the practice of law in the U.S.
University of Denver Sturm College of Law, J.D., Order of St. Ives
University of Colorado, B.S.