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Michael A. Williams

Michael A. Williams is a founding partner of Williams Dirks Dameron LLC. He specializes in Labor & Employment law, litigating discrimination and retaliation claims on behalf of plaintiffs. After graduating from the University of Missouri with his B.A. in 1995 and his J.D. in 1998,Michael joined Lathrop & Gage LLC defending large and medium-sized corporations across the United States in discrimination and retaliation claims. In 2002, he became one of the firm’s youngest lawyers in history to serve as first chair at a federal trial. Michael was elected to firm partnership, effective January, 2006. In 2010, Michael established his own firm to pursue his passion for defending the rights of individuals denied their civil and equal employment rights. Since founding Williams Law LLC, the firm has grown to six attorneys, and is now Williams Dirks Dameron LLC. In addition to his legal work, Michael is a member of the Missouri Bar, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys and National Employment Lawyers Association. In 2004, he became the first African American to serve on the Kansas Bar Association Board of Governors. He also previously served on the Board of Governors for the Young Lawyers Section of the Missouri Bar. Michael has twice returned to the University of Missouri School of Law as an adjunct professor and has received Distinguished Recent Alumni Awards both from the School of Law and the MU College of Arts and Sciences. In 2014, he received the the Alumni Award from the University of Missouri. Michael serves as a mentor and board member for Higher M-PACT, a non-profit group workingwith at-risk inner-city youth. He also works closely with Hope House, the United Way Young Leaders Society, and numerous other organizations. The Missouri Bar awarded him the Tom Cochran Community Service Award in 2014. EDUCATION: University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, J.D., 1998, University of Missouri Columbia, B.A., 1995. BAR ADMISSIONS: Missouri & Kansas. HONORS & AWARDS: Tom Cochran Community Service Award, Missouri Bar, 2014. Super Lawyers Top 50-Kansas City, 2014-Present. Super Lawyers Top 100, 2014-Present. Super Lawyers, 2012-Present. Super Lawyers “Rising Star”, 2008. 40 Under 40, Ingram’s Magazine 2009. Congenial Counselor Award, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association 2009. University of Missouri Alumni Association Alumni Award, 2014. University of Missouri School of Law Distinguished Recent Alumni Award, 2008. University of Missouri College of Arts and Science Distinguished Recent Alumni Award, 2006. Up and Coming Lawyer, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, 2006. Young Lawyer of the Year, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, 2006. PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS: United Way Young Leaders Society, 2004-Present. Hope House Board of Directors, 2012-Present. Higher M-Pact Board of Directors and Advisory Board, 2005-Present. University of Missouri Alumni Association, Life Member Jefferson Board of Directors, 2008-2014. Law School Foundation Board of Directors, 2008-Present. University of Missouri Alumni Association, Kansas City Chapter Scholarship Committee and Board Member, 2005-Present. Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys. The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section, Board of Directors, 2001-2009. The Missouri Bar Leadership Fellow, 2000-2001. Kansas Bar Association Board of Governors, 2004-2007. Kansas Bar Association, Inn of Court, 2003-2007. Centurion—Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, 2003-2005. Centurion—Alumni Association, 2005-Present. The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Young Lawyers Board of Directors, 1999-2003. The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Chair for Community Service, 2002-2003. The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Vice Chair for Community Service, 1999-2002. Lawyers Association of Kansas City, Board of Governors, 1999-2001. American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Litigation Section, Minority Lawyer.

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