Jennifer L. Williams

Jennifer L. Williams

Associate

Jennifer L. Williams

Associate

Regional public entities, businesses, sole proprietorships, and individuals have benefited from Jenny Williams' legal counsel.  In today’s challenging economic climate, an increase in case filings have reduced the court’s availability to hear oral arguments and resulted in significant delays in obtaining trial dates.

Jenny recognizes that cases are often won or lost on the written briefs submitted to the court.  Clients have come to rely on Jenny for presenting their case in the most succinct and compelling manner in both federal and state courts.

Jenny focuses on construction and real property litigation, although she’s recently expanded her practice to include eminent domain and condemnation litigation.  She’s assisted in no less than half a dozen jury and court trials resulting in favorable verdicts, and has extensive experience collecting the judgments she’s helped clients obtain.  Jenny’s work has spanned all phases of the litigation process, from pre-lawsuit demands to post-judgment appeals.

Experience

Business Litigation Experience

  • Assisted with defense of one of 50 largest supermarket chains in nation in lawsuit with media entertainment company regarding sponsorship of weekend cooking show.  Drafted and argued successful motion in limine dismissing claim for $3.8 million in damages.  Jury returned verdict for supermarket chain after two-week jury trial.  Acted as second chair during trial.
  • Assisted with defense of local car dealership in lawsuit by buyer to rescind purchase agreement for vehicle.  Drafted discovery that revealed buyer was illegally in country and used false social security number in order to obtain financing to purchase car.  Case favorably settled before trial.
  • Assisted various corporate and individual clients with collection of judgments, including bank levies, wage garnishments, keeper levies, rent levies, and seizure and sale of personal property, such as vehicles, boats, and airplanes.

Construction Experience

  • Assisted with representation of regional developer to collect money owed for construction of two custom homes.  Jury returned verdict for developer after three-week trial finding owners fraudulently conveyed homes to straw purchasers to avoid paying mechanic’s liens recorded against properties.  Jury awarded developer $325,000 for work performed plus $160,000 in punitive damages.  Acted as second chair during trial.
  • Assisted with defense of one of largest engineering firms in Northern California in construction defect lawsuit.  Case settled with client paying less than 10% of amount sought by homeowners.
  • Assisted with representation of regional concrete and plumbing subcontractors to recover for work performed on various public and private construction projects.  Subcontractors obtained favorable settlements for 70% or more of amounts demanded in lawsuits.

Corporate Dissolution & Shareholder Litigation

  • Assisted with defense of former director and shareholder of closely-held corporation in lawsuit seeking to hold director liable for $480,000 as alter ego company.  Court returned verdict for director after two-week trial.  Acted as second chair for trial.  Drafted successful motion to recover more than $200,000 in attorney’s fees for director.
  • Assisted with defense of directors and majority shareholders in derivative lawsuit brought by minority shareholders alleging millions of dollars in corporate abuses.  Case settled shortly before trial with minority shareholders recovering nothing and issuing formal statement to all shareholders that allegations of lawsuit were false.

Eminent Domain & Condemnation Experience

  • Assisted with representation of regional flood control agency in massive levee construction project.  Work included drafting construction and right of entry agreements with landowners, drafting pre-condemnation notices and resolutions of necessity, and drafting complaints and motions for possession.

Real Property Litigation Experience

  • Assisted with representation of junior lienholder to set aside foreclosure by senior lienholder.  Jury awarded junior lienholder more than $700,000 in damages for loss of security in property plus $57,500 in punitive damages against foreclosure company for fraud.
  • Assisted with defense of landowners in family dispute regarding ownership of property.  Court returned verdict for landowners after three-day trial.  Acted as second chair for trial.
  • Assisted with defense of tenant in unlawful detainer lawsuit by landlord to recover rent allegedly due under lease agreement.  Court dismissed lawsuit and entered judgment for tenant for nearly $14,000.

Appellate Experience

  • Drafted successful appellate brief in California Court of Appeal for Fifth Appellate District affirming denial of motion to compel arbitration based on provision in partnership agreement.  California Supreme Court denied review of appellate court’s decision.
  • Drafted petition for writ of mandate in California Court of Appeal for Sixth Appellate District based on exculpatory provision in construction contract.  Case settled favorably before appellate court ruling.

Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Board Member, San Joaquin County Emergency Food Bank, 2012-Present
  • Member, Consuelo M. Callahan Inn of Court, 2012-Present
  • Member, San Joaquin County Bar Association, 2008-Present
  • McGeorge Law Review, 2007-2008, Chief Legislation Editor
  • McGeorge Law Review, 2006-2007, Legislative Staff Writer

Honors And Rankings

  • Sacramento Magazine, Top Lawyer, General Litigation, 2016
  • Order of the Coif
  • Externship, Judge Frank C. Damrell, Jr., United States District Court, Eastern District of California,  2008

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