David H. Williams
Attorney, Founding Partner
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!
My firm 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.
I attended Hendrix for a year and then Oklahoma State for a semester, and finally ended up at Fayetteville, where I was a member of Phi Delta Theta. When the draft lottery started in 1969, I joined the 148th Evacuation Hospital Unit of the Arkansas National Guard and went to basic training immediately following graduation. After completing specialized training to become a medic, I spent a year on active duty.
It was one of the best things that happened to me. All four of my drill sergeants had seen multiple tours of combat in Vietnam. My company drill sergeant took me aside and told me his job was to save lives and I was interfering. I was a college graduate and going home at the end of my training, not to Vietnam like a lot of the other kids. He told me that I needed to start helping him and straighten up so he could do his job and not have someone die because I wasn’t cooperating. I got the message. It had its effect. I try to remember that what I do and how well I do it affects the life of someone I represent, and that I need to do the best job I can. I returned home, got married and started law school. My law firm is like a family. We take pride in what we do and the results we get for our clients.
I have a daughter, Lindsay Williams Zimliki, two cherished grandchildren, Leo and Lyla. My long term girlfriend, Cindy Estes, is Executive Director of the National Electrical Contractors Association-Arkansas Chapter. I am an avid runner and hold the record for the half marathon at the Little Rock Half in 2012 for the 60 and over group. After hip resurfacing surgery in 2014, I run to stay in shape and have taken up cycling.
We look forward to meeting you and serving your legal needs.