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Greg Williams Named 2019 ‘Litigation Trailblazer’ by The National Law Journal
Washington, DC — Gregory M. Williams, partner in Wiley Rein’s Litigation, Government Contracts, and White Collar Defense & Government Investigations practices, has been recognized as one of the top “Litigation Trailblazers” for 2019 by The National Law Journal (NLJ). Mr. Williams is among a group of 31 honorees nationwide who were profiled by NLJ in a special section of its September 2019 issue.
“We are proud to spotlight a handful of individuals from each practice area that are truly agents of change,” said Richard Caruso, Vice President and General Manager of Legal Media at ALM Media, which publishes NLJ.
Mr. Williams was selected for the honor in part based on his representation of defense contractor BAE in an international dispute with the Republic of Korea stemming from a terminated Foreign Military Sales transaction. “South Korea wanted to sue BAE in Korean court,” said Mr. Williams. “We were able to convince the U.S. courts that the case needed to be heard here because of the national security implications and obtained the first-ever foreign anti-suit injunction against a foreign sovereign. The Fourth Circuit affirmed.”
National Law Journal also highlighted Mr. Williams’ representation of Gale, a real estate development company that South Korea invited to create a “smart city” near Seoul approximately 20 years ago. Gale’s South Korean partner decided to pursue the venture without Gale, and Mr. Williams is employing a three-pronged, multijurisdictional approach to resolve the matter involving the International Court of Arbitration, the Southern District of New York, and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.
Mr. Williams’ practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and arbitration and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. His diverse experience includes significant commercial litigation involving contractual, business tort, and product liability claims; False Claims Act matters; Administrative Procedure Act issues; intellectual property disputes; international arbitrations; and anti-corruption matters.