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Stephen B. Williamson

Contact

Direct line: (828) 771-2502
Fax: (828) 257-2757
Email: swilliamson@vwlawfirm.com

Education

Campbell University
J.D., 1993

Sam Houston State University
B.S., 1990

Meet Steve

Steve is a litigation attorney experienced in both state and federal courts. He practices in the areas of employment, construction and toxic tort litigation. Although his practice is generally defense oriented, Steve has enjoyed success in several plaintiff-based commercial litigation cases that were tried to verdict. Additionally, he maintains an active administrative practice appearing before numerous state and federal agencies. He is also a frequent lecturer on employment, construction and ethics issues.

Steve received his Bachelor of Science from Sam Houston State University in 1990 and his Juris Doctor from Campbell University in 1993. He is admitted to practice in all courts located within the State of North Carolina and in the State of Texas.

Practice Highlights

Construction

  • Represented general contractors in numerous contract disputes in Asheville, Raleigh, Charlotte and Greensboro including the recovery of more than $5.2 million from NCDOT.
  • Represented a primary defendant defending a $28 million claim arising out of the construction of a hotel. Successfully negotiated settlement of less than $1 million in multi-week mediation.
  • Assisted the designer with regard to a $300 million dispute arising out of the construction of the Charlotte Light Rail system.
  • Assisted a general contractor with regard to a $150 million dispute arising out of the construction of the Greensboro Western Loop.

Commercial Litigation

  • Recovered a multi-million dollar verdict for an airline in commercial litigation arising out of the sale of Boeing 727, British Aircraft Corporation BAC-111 and Cessna Citation II.

Mass Tort Litigation

  • Representation of an interstate transportation company in mass tort litigation arising out of an accident on Interstate 26 – an over-the-road truck crashed spilling ultra-hazardous material closing the highway for several weeks and necessitating the evacuation of local residents.
  • Represents multiple defendants in multi-plaintiff mass tort product liability litigation involving more than 3,000 plaintiffs alleging cumulative claims exceeding $500 million.

Employment

  • Defeated class certification and obtained summary judgment for the owners of a hotel chain facing numerous wage and hour claims.
  • Successfully defended the employer in more than 100 workplace related claims.

Investigations

  • Retained by a Fortune 50 company operating approximately 2,000 home improvement stores to investigate claims of widespread internal corruption and fraud.
  • Retained by a Fortune 250 company to lead the root cause investigation into the workplace fatality at a nuclear power site.
  • Retained by a production manufacturing facility to investigate allegations of widespread sexual assault and intimidation.
  • Retained by a Fortune 500 company operating approximately 7,000 retail outlets with regard to workplace violence policy and investigations.
  • Prior to law school, Mr. Williamson was a police officer in Texas. Building on that experience, combined with his experience in employment law, he has developed a reputation as a problem solver for employers facing workplace violence issues. He develops policies, implements procedures and creates crisis intervention plans. He has also developed a collaborative approach to training employers on proactive methods for evaluating and intervening in situations before violence occurs.

Geographically Diverse

  • In addition to handling cases in North and South Carolina, Steve has been involved in products cases pending in California, Texas, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Virginia.

Representative Matters

  • Mercam v. Portlyn, 2007 U.S. Dist LEXIS 3816 (W.D.N.C. 2007)
  • Agner v. Daniel Int’l Corp, 2007 U.S. Dist LEXIS 1509 (W.D.N.C. 2007)
  • Richardson v. Pitter Patter of Little Feet, Inc., 2006 U.S. Dist LEXIS 85434 (M.D.N.C. 2006)
  • King v. Windsor Capital Group, Inc., 632 S.E.2d 557 (N.C. App. 2006)
  • Christopher’s Ariz. Transp. Serv. v. Duncan, 217 F.3d 838 (4th Cir. 2000), 2000 U.S. App. Lexis 15644
  • Medical Mut. Ins. Co. v. Mauldin, 353 N.C. 352, 543 S.E.2d 478 (2001)
  • Aycock v. Padgett, 134 N.C. App. 164, 516 S.E.2d 907 (1999)
  • Lang v. Lang, 125 N.C. App. 573, 481 S.E.2d 380 (1997)
  • Biggins v. Blount, 123 N.C. App. 159, 472 S.E.2d 611 (1996)

Professional Affiliations

  • 28th Judicial District Bar
  • 26th Judicial District Bar
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Texas State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association

Recognitions

  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite
  • AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Litigation Council of America
    • Fellow, 2011 - 2012

Publications

  • Construction Dispute Resolution, 2011, Aspatore Books (West Publishing)
  • Payroll Management in North Carolina, 2002 - 2004

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "H.R. Essentials of Employment Law," Various Business Employers, May 15, 2012
  • Speaker, "Alphabet Soup of Employment Law," Various Business Employers, April 19, 2012
  • Speaker, “Taming Social Media,” Various Business Employers, November 17, 2011
  • Speaker, “Sexual Harassment (Outside the Lines),” Various Business Employers, October 11, 2011
  • Speaker, “Pulling the Trigger (How to Fire People),” Various Business Employers, September 13, 2011
  • Speaker, “Are you Kidding Me (Novel Claims from the EEOC),” Various Business Employers, May 26, 2011
  • Speaker, “The New Approach to Workplace Violence: The Best Defense is the Offensive Approach,” The Association of Corporate Counsel – Charlotte Chapter, September 3, 2008

Contact

Direct line: (828) 771-2502
Fax: (828) 257-2757
Email: swilliamson@vwlawfirm.com

Education

Campbell University
J.D., 1993

Sam Houston State University
B.S., 1990

Work with Steve

Favorite Food
Texas Barbecue

Recently Visited
Manchester, England
Amsterdam, Holland
Paris, France
Cozumel, Mexico
Grand Cayman
Falmouth, Jamaica

Community Involvement

  • Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM)
    • President and Board Chair, 2001 - 2008
    • Medical Ministry Board, 2011 - Present
  • American Cancer Society Asheville Leadership Council
    • Member and Chair, 2003 - 2008, 2011 - Present
  • American Cancer Society Charlotte Leadership Council
    • Member and Chair, 2008 - 2011
  • American Cancer Society, Cancer Action Network (Advocacy Division)
    • North Carolina Chair, 2009 - 2012
    • National Council, 2012 - Present
  • Asheville Chamber of Commerce
    • Board of Directors, 2005 - 2007
    • Leadership Circle, 2012 - Present