41 years of knowledge and courtroom expertise


Passion. Experience. Diligence.

Our Story

The Law Office of David H. Williams represents everyday people who have suffered harm and losses as a result of company negligence due to defective products as well as drug or medical devices that either evaded FDA scrutiny or have been recalled.  I also represent people and family members who have been victims of plane crashes, tractor-trailer accidents and other acts of personal or corporate negligence, greed or intentional conduct causing harm to citizens.

Every day we get to help people who would otherwise be unable to have any hope of getting a shot at justice because someone or some company who has a lot more money and power would be able to ignore them or spend them into oblivion and defeat.  Most people never need a lawyer, much less a lawyer who does what I do, hopefully.  But, when they do, they need to know who to go to.  They need to be able to find out which lawyer or lawyers have the better experience, skill and expertise in their field.  There are plenty of companies and organizations that rank lawyers and include them in their publications with information about what they do and what other lawyers think of them.  Search for them just like you would a surgeon if you were getting ready to have a serious operation.



David H. Williams

I grew up during the ‘60s.  We had Elvis, the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix.  I remember seeing the assassinations of President Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr.  and Bobby Kennedy on TV.  We had the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, Woodstock and Watergate.  Those things shape who you are and what you think about the world and your country.  

My dad was the first in his family to go to college.  He was a WWII vet and went to Hendrix on the GI Bill where he then became a doctor.  My mother had a college degree, but she stayed home and raised five of us.  All of us were good athletes, playing everything except soccer.  (There was no soccer back then.)

 I think I became a trial lawyer as a result of all these things.  You need to have a desire for competition to be a trial lawyer.  You need to believe in what you are doing to be a trial lawyer.  I believe in the Seventh Amendment and our right in this country to have a jury of citizens decide disputes.  I think efforts to limit that right are wrong-headed and shortsighted.  You need a jury of 12 regular people to remind us every now and then about what is right and wrong, and to place a value on life, liberty and property.  I like working with other lawyers.  We are all trying to do our jobs and represent our clients.  None of us like to lose, but we understand that one of us surely will at trial.  So, we get pretty good at problem-solving.  If you can’t handle losing, and you aren’t good at problem-solving, you don’t need to be a trial lawyer.  ‘Lead, follow, or…’ – you know the rest!




Jim Mitchell

Jim Mitchell has extensive experience in representing clients seeking to recover damages in significant personal injury and wrongful death cases. Before forming PayneMitchell Law Group with Andy in 2007, Jim was a partner in other major personal injury firms in the Dallas area. He started his career at a large defense firm, but quickly found that his passion was in helping injured claimants rather than insurance companies, so he began representing victims in 1991. Jim’s practice areas include product liability, medical malpractice, general negligence, nursing home negligence and class actions. His years of experience have made him adept at helping clients deal with not only the legal issues but also the personal challenges that come with a life-changing event. Over the course of his 25+ years as a trial lawyer, he has handled all types of catastrophic injury and death cases and tried dozens to jury verdict. He achieved a landmark 38 million dollar verdict against General Motors for a defective airbag case — the first of its kind in the country. Jim has proved that he is willing to take a case to court in order to bring justice to injured victims, and has helped hundreds of families in serious cases over the last 25 years.




Andy Payne

Andy has been selected by Texas Monthly as a Texas Super Lawyer and as one of the top lawyers in the D/FW area every year since the program’s inception. He has also been selected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America.” Andy has successfully tried numerous cases to jury verdict in state and federal courts.