Theodore J. Williams , Jr. - Williams Venker & Sanders LLC

Theodore J. Williams , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995

Ted Williams has spent his entire professional life as a trial attorney. His trial experience includes the defense of railroad, aviation, medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, toxic tort and admiralty cases. He began the practice of law in 1974 as a Prosecutor in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Over the years, he has tried over 200 jury trials.

Ted Williams received national recognition as lead trial counsel in the successful defense of Kimberly-Clark Corporation in that company’s first toxic shock syndrome trial (Stanley v. Kimberly-Clark Corporation), for a defense verdict in the first product liability case tried nationwide on the issue of seat restraint devices in underground mining vehicles (Poston v. S & S Corporation, a division of Ingersoll-Rand) and for a defense verdict in the first case tried by the railroad industry regarding the alleged development of carpal tunnel syndrome in locomotive engineers (Pryor v National Railroad Passenger Corporation).

While his trial practice has primarily been in high-exposure jury cases in Missouri and Illinois, to include Madison and St. Clair Counties, he regularly defends corporations and insurance companies throughout the Midwest. This includes cases from Colorado to Indiana and from Minnesota to Arkansas.

In a number of instances, Ted Williams has been asked to enter his appearance as lead trial counsel on cases already pending in our jurisdictions. Most recently, this has occurred in Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Kentucky. He also serves as National Counsel on railroad litigation for a Fortune 100 corporation and as Regional Counsel for a number of major corporations with responsibility for litigated matters throughout the Midwest. Ted Williams has also represented the Canadian Province of Ontario.

Mr. Williams is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, has been elected to the rank of Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates and has also been elected to membership in the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel as well as the International Association of Defense Counsel.

Purdue UniversityBA 1969University of TulsaJ.D. 1974
Colorado Bar AssociationDistrict of Columbia Bar AssociationNational Association of Railroad Trial CounselAmerican Bar AssociationKansas Bar AssociationOklahoma Bar AssociationWashington State Bar AssociationWisconsin Bar AssociationWestern Conference of Railway CounselMaritime Law AssociationLitigation Counsel of AmericaAmerican Board of Trial AdvocatesInternational Association of Defense CounselFederation of Defense and Corporate CounselDefense Research InstituteBar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Office Location

100 North Broadway, 21st Floor
St. Louis, MO 63102
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Railroad Law of the St. Louis Metro Area
Theodore J. Williams, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!

Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (Aviation Litigation, Catastrophic Injury, Civil Litigation, Fire and Casualty, Maritime, Mass Tort, Occupational Disease, Product Liability, Railroad, Wrongful Death)
Railroad Law (Defendants, Litigation, Management, Product Liability)