John M. Williams is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Orange County Office and is a senior member of the firm's Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group. He has over 20 years of experience in structuring, negotiating and closing transactions for public and private companies. These transactions have included mergers, stock acquisitions, asset acquisitions, restructurings and joint ventures. He also has significant experience in public and private financing transactions. His clients have included corporate entities, private equity funds, hedge funds, family business owners, boards of directors and special committees of boards. Mr. Williams has also served as counsel to investment banks as an advisor for securities and M&A transactions.
Mr. Williams received his law degree cum laude from Georgetown University where he was the Editor-in-Chief ofLaw and Policy in International Business. He holds a Master’s Degree in public administration with an emphasis in intergovernmental management from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California at Irvine. He is admitted as a member of the Bars of California and Washington, D.C. Mr. Williams was selected by the southern California legal community for the 2008-2012 editions of The Best Lawyers in America®. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Williams worked in municipal management in California and then spent several years in Washington, D.C. as the assistant director of a legislative advocacy firm.
Mr. Williams serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ocean Institute, an oceanographic facility located in the Dana Point harbor that educates more than 100,000 children per year through programs in marine science and maritime history. He is also an active volunteer and supporter of the Boy Scouts of America.