James R. Williams
PRIMARY PRACTICE: Commercial and Probate Litigation, Mediation (Civil and Family), Banking Law, Education Law, Agribusiness, Employment Law.
EXPERIENCE: Mr. Williams practiced law with White & Raub in Indianapolis from 1991 through 1994. He joined DeFur Voran in 1994 until 1997. He served as judge of the Union County Circuit Court from 1998-2004. Mr. Williams returned to DeFur Voran in January of 2005. He is a certified Civil Mediator and registered as private judge by Indiana Division of State Court Administration. Mr. Williams has served as a mediator and arbitrator in over 600 cases throughout the Midwest, many with multi-million dollar damage claims. He represents a wide range of clients in transactional matters as well as in trial and appellate litigation.
EDUCATION: Wabash College (A.B., summa cum laude, 1988); Indiana University (J.D., cum laude, 1991); Forrest E. Jump Memorial Scholarship.
BAR ADMISSIONS: Supreme Court of Indiana; U. S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; U. S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
MEMBER: Muncie Bar Association; Indiana State Bar Association; Indiana Judges Association; National Association of College and University Attorneys; Association of Indiana Counties; Elder, First Presbyterian Church of Muncie.
ARTICLES AND SEMINARS: Lecturer and Contributing Author for: “Judges in the Historical Arena”, Indiana Judicial Center; “Indiana’s Landlord-Tenant Law-A Survey”, ICLEF Seminar; “Conflicts of Interest and a Brief Survey of Other Ethical Considerations for Indiana Lawyers”, ICLEF Seminar.
CASES: Representative cases in which Mr. Williams has been involved either as Judge or Counsel include: Krueger v. Hogan, 780 N.E.2d 1199 (Ind. App. 2003); Beard v. Beard, 758 N.E.2d 1019 (Ind. App. 2001); Byrd v. E.B.B. Farms, 796 N.E.2d 747 (Ind. App. 2003); Boston v. GYN, Ltd., 785 N.E.2d 1187 (Ind. App. 2003); Liberty Country Club v. Country Club Estates, 950 N.E.2d 754 (Ind. App. 2011); Hartman v. Keri, 883 N.E.2d 774 (Ind. App. 2008) (appeared as amicus for Ball State University, Indiana University, Purdue University and Indiana State University); Rollins Burdick Hunter of Utah, Inc. v. Ball State University, 665 N.E.2d 914 (Ind. App. 1996); Zimmerman, et al. v. Ball State University, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 54368.
CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Rotary; United Way of Delaware County; Habitat for Humanity, Board Member.