Heather L. Williams

Associate


5850 Waterloo Road, Suite 140 Columbia, Maryland 21045

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Heather L. Williams

Overview

Heather is a civil litigator, who handles matters in federal and state courts in Maryland and jurisdictions nationwide.  Heather represents corporations and organizations in a wide range of cases, including commercial and business disputes, wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury claims, transportation litigation, product liability actions, and employment disputes.  She represents parties in construction contract and payment disputes, including the prosecution of mechanic’s lien and bond claims and the defense of breach of contract and construction defect and delay claims.  Heather’s clients include companies of all sizes, ranging from an international package delivery service and elevator/escalator company to a nationwide storage container business to smaller regional and local businesses.  Heather also advises clients on risk management concerns, commercial issues, and internal protocols, investigations, and legal compliance.

Before joining the firm in 2012, Heather completed a clerkship with the Honorable Paul W. Grimm of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.  During law school, she served on the executive board of the Maryland Law Review and was awarded the Joseph Bernstein Prize for legal writing and the William P. Cunningham Award for exceptional achievements and service to the school of law.

 

Education and Admissions

Admissions

Maryland
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Education

J.D., University of Maryland School of Law (2011), cum laude

  • Executive Articles Editor, Maryland Law Review
  • Recipient, William P. Cunningham Award 
  • Recipient, Joseph Bernstein Prize 

B.A., University of Rochester (2008), Political Science, French 

Clerkship

The Honorable Paul W. Grimm, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (2011–2012) 

Work Highlights

  • Represented international vertical transportation company in mechanic’s lien, payment and performance bond, and contract and payment dispute proceedings.
  • Defended global package delivery company in multi-party lawsuit filed in Texas state court arising from a multi-vehicle accident that occurred in a highway lane closure. 
  • Obtained mandamus relief before the Texas Court of Appeals arising from a trial court’s improper denial of a motion for leave to designate responsible third parties at fault in a case brought against a package delivery company arising from a motor vehicle accident.
  • Part of defense team that defended a vertical transportation subcontractor against a general contractor’s construction delay damage claims in Massachusetts state court stemming from the “Big Dig” public works project in Boston in the 1990s. 
  • Secured dismissal of a lawsuit against a contractor services provider filed in Maryland state court based on the theory, which the court accepted, that a negligence claim cannot be predicated on the lawful parking of a vehicle in a legal parking space.  
  • Defended radio station in employment dispute in D.C. Superior Court alleging tortious interference with business relations, breach of contract, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and seeking a declaratory judgment for alleged improper contractual non-compete clause. 
  • Obtained dismissal of complaint for wrongful discharge filed by former employee against vertical transportation company pending in Maryland federal court. 
  • Obtained judgment on the pleadings on claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress brought by former employee against his employer in D.C. Superior Court. 
  • Obtained dismissal of multiple claims for individual liability against LLC owners predicated on the doctrine of “piercing the corporate veil” in D.C. Superior Court. 
  • Obtained judgment on the pleadings on all tort claims arising from the performance of a construction contract in a case pending in Maryland federal court.  

Select Decisions

Permira Construction, LLC v. KONE Inc., No. ADC-18-3771, 2019 WL 2059128 (D. Md. May 9, 2019) 
 
In re United Parcel Service, Inc., No. 09-18-00002-CV, 2018 WL 753503 (Tex. Ct. App.-Beaumont Feb. 8, 2018) 
 
Hjardemaal v. KONE Inc., No. PWG-14-735, 2014 WL 7184752 (D. Md. Dec. 15, 2014)