Professionals

J. Colby Williams

J. Colby Williams

Education:

Bachelor of Arts - University of Arizona

Juris Doctorate - Arizona State University

Mr. Williams is a co-founder and senior partner of Campbell & Williams.  Over the course of his twenty-four year career, he has handled numerous precedent setting cases in the fields of complex commercial litigation, corporate governance, products liability, and First Amendment Law.  In 2015 and 2018, Mr. Williams was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers for “Bet-The-Company Litigation.”  Mr. Williams has also held an AV “Preeminent” ranking for over a decade, which is the highest rating for legal skill and ethical practices designated by Martindale-Hubbell.  He has likewise been included in Woodward & White's Best Lawyers in America and is a long-standing member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Mr. Williams’ appellate practice in the above fields has resulted in numerous published opinions.  See, e.g., See, e.g., American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Miller, 550 F.3d 786 (9th Cir. 2008) (reversing district court’s denial of attorney’s fees to six media corporations that had prevailed in § 1983 action); Greco v. Ward, 2014 WL 5241480 (Nev. 2014) (affirming dismissal of defamation action brought against local newspaper, publisher, and reporter based on application of Nevada’s anti-SLAPP statute) (unpublished); Lueck v. Vogel, 2011 WL 525914 (Nev. 2011) (affirming dismissal of defamation action brought by former district court judge against local newspaper based on fair report privilege) (unpublished); Stephens Media, LLC v. Eighth Jud. Dist. Ct., 125 Nev. 849, 221 P.3d 1240 (2009) (holding in matter of first impression that First Amendment’s guarantee of public access to criminal proceedings extends to juror questionnaires); NBC Universal, Inc. v. Eighth Judicial Dist. Ct., 124 Nev. 1498, 238 P.3d 841 (2008) (Table) (granting Emergency Writs of Prohibition and Mandamus reversing district court’s temporary restraining order that required media company to allow Dennis Kucinich to participate in televised debate among Democratic candidates for President on MSNBC); Bongiovi v. Sullivan, 122 Nev. 556, 138 P.3d 433 (2006) (affirming six-figure jury verdict in defamation action); DR Partners v. Bd. of County Com’rs, 116 Nev. 616, 6 P.3d 465 (2000) (awarding attorney’s fees and costs to newspaper seeking disclosure of county cellular phone records).

Additional cases outside the First Amendment/media area of the law include: Gardner of Behalf of L.G. v. Eighth Judicial Dist. Court, 405 P.3d 651 (Nev. Nov. 22, 2017) (finding that limited liability company members can be sued individually for personally participating in tortious acts and that alter ego doctrine applies to limited liability companies)Ken Shamrock, Inc. v. Zuffa, LLC, 2011 WL 5847645 (Nev. Nov. 18, 2011) (affirming defense verdict on breach of contract action brought by mixed martial arts fighter against former promotional company); Nevada Title Company v. Corcha, LLC, 123 Nev. 844, 210 P.3d 755 (2007) (Table) (reversing jury’s multi-million dollar verdict against title company on grounds plaintiff had failed to join an indispensable party); Dillard Dept. Stores, Inc. v. Beckwith, 115 Nev. 372, 989 P.2d 882 (1999) (affirming multi-million dollar jury verdict in favor of wrongfully terminated employee in violation of public policy); Clark v. Lubritz, 113 Nev. 1089, 944 P.2d 861 (1997) (affirming jury verdict in favor of physician against former partners for breaches of contract and fiduciary duty).