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Meriwether D. (Mike) Williams

Meriwether D. (Mike) Williams

Mike Williams’ practice focused on the representation of individuals, manufacturers, businesses, municipalities, and insurers in both plaintiff and defense civil litigation matters. He is an experienced trial lawyer who has handled a wide variety of major trials and appeals involving product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, gas explosions, medical malpractice, construction accidents, negligence, contracts, insurance, and civil rights.

Areas of Emphasis

  • Civil Trials and Appeals
  • Catastrophic Personal Injury and Accidental Death
  • Product Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Municipal Liability
  • Civil Rights


  • Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1977
  • American Graduate School of International Management, M.B.A. in International Management, with distinction, 1972
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, B.A. in International Relations, 1971

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington State Supreme Court
  • Idaho Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • United States District Court, District of Idaho

Catastrophic Personal Injury and Accidental Death
Represented clients in cases involving gas explosions, medical negligence, worksite accidents, and vehicular collisions.

Products Liability
Represented manufacturers and individuals in cases involving product liability, including automobiles, trucks, machinery, medical devices, and drugs.

Commercial and Business Litigation
Represented clients in cases involving breach of contract, business torts, antitrust, franchise, and partnership/joint venture, trust, fiduciary and lending relationships.

Civil Rights and Municipal Liability
Represented individuals, municipalities and government officials in matters involving police liability, use of force and imprisonment, municipal and governmental liability including federal and state tort claims, employment discrimination, and employment testing.

Mike joined Winston & Cashatt in 1978. He has served as Chair for the Firm’s Board of Directors. He has also served as an arbitrator and as a school district hearing officer. Mike has instructed at trial practice seminars and has written legal articles published by the Gonzaga University Law Review. Mike has extensive experience and training in mediation and arbitration. Mike has been accorded the highest lawyer rating of “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell.

Prior to attending law school, Mike worked as a mountaineering instructor and branch school director for the National Outdoor Leadership School in Lander, Wyoming and Nairobi, Kenya. He continues to enjoy mountain climbing, hiking, skiing, and fly fishing.

Professional Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Idaho State Bar
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Federal Bar Association for the Eastern District of Washington