Chris Williams is a Partner and Co-Chair of Calfee’s Litigation Department since 2011. He regularly represents clients in corporate and commercial business litigation matters, including ERISA disputes. As lead counsel, Chris has prevailed in multi-million dollar jury and bench trials in Ohio and across the country.
Since 2017, Chris has been recognized for his work in Litigation: General Commercial by Chambers USA. In 2020, Chambers noted that Chris is a "fantastic lawyer" and "well regarded for his expertise in commercial disputes as well as ERISA and healthcare litigation. He is very practical, thorough and shows good judgment."
Since 2013, he has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Litigation – ERISA. For the years 2022, 2018 and 2016, Chris has been recognized by Best Lawyers as its Cleveland ERISA Litigation "Lawyer of The Year," a distinction reserved for one lawyer per practice area each year.
Chris is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America and has also been recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a "Local Litigation Star – Ohio" in the areas of General Commercial, Health Care, and Professional Liability from 2012-2021.
Based on statewide voting by Ohio lawyers, Chris has been recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers as a Top 50 Cleveland Attorney and a Top 100 Ohio Attorney for the past seven years. Chris is also a Life Member of the Judicial Conference of the 8th Judicial District (Cuyahoga County).
Chris currently serves on the Boards of Directors of College Now of Greater Cleveland and the Ohio State Legal Services Association.
In addition to Co-Chairing the Litigation Department, Chris serves on Calfee’s Practice, Planning & Growth Committee, its Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and as Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.