David H. Williams began his career in the Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in 1975. After spending four years as a prosecutor, he went into private practice, where he gained extensive trial experience. He was one of six lawyers from around the country chosen by Federal Judge Henry Woods to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee leading the litigation of the American Airlines Flight 1420 crash at Little Rock National Airport in June of 1999.
David’s practice is focused in the areas of personal injury, product liability, tractor-trailer crash, plane crash, pharmaceutical and medical device actions. He earned his J.D. from Leflar Law Center, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, in 1975. He is a past president of the Arkansas Trial Lawyer’s Association (ATLA), an American Association for Justice (AAJ) Sustaining Member, and past secretary of the Council of Presidents for the AAJ. He chairs the ATLA Awards, Legislation and Amicus Committees. Mr. Williams has been a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for “The Arkansas Lawyer” since 1998, serving as chair from 1998-2001. He is an Arkansas Bar Foundation Fellow and a member of AAJ, ATLA, the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).
He received Arkansas ATLA’s “Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year” Award and received Arkansas ATLA’s President’s Award eight times. He is recognized in the “Best Lawyers in America Consumer Guide” as published by “The Best Lawyers in America,” and has been named one of the Mid-South Super Lawyers from 2008-2014. He received ATLA’s “Civil Justice Advocacy Award” in 2003, the Roxanne Wilson Advocacy Award in 2004, and the Arkansas Bar Association’s Maurice Cathey Award twice for his work on the Editorial Board of the Arkansas Lawyer in 2001 and 2011. He was voted Arkansas Life Magazine Readers’ Choice Attorney in 2014, one of the Best Lawyers in Arkansas by the Arkansas Times every year from 2002 and one of the Best Lawyers in Little Rock by Soiree Magazine since 2012. He received ATLA’s Outstanding Trial Lawyer award in 1998 and the Henry Woods Lifetime Achievement award in 2010. He also has been named one of Newsweek Magazine’s Best Lawyers since 2012, and received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2014 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”
David is a runner and cyclist and holds the Arkansas state half-marathon record for 60 and over: 1:26:41.