Stephen B. Williamson

Attorney

Phone (828) 771-2502
Fax (828) 257-2757
swilliamson@vwlawfirm.com
Campbell University
Juris Doctor, 1993
Sam Houston State University
Bachelor’s Degree, 1990

Stephen Williamson is a principal with The Van Winkle Law Firm, where he focuses his practice on employment, construction and toxic tort litigation in state and federal courts. While noted for his ability to provide clients with vigorous defense, he has also represented plaintiffs successfully in commercial litigation cases tried to verdict.

An author and frequent lecturer, Williamson also maintains an active administrative practice, for which he appears before state and federal agencies.

Prior to law school, Williamson was a police officer in Texas.  He applies this experience to his practice today, where he has built a strong reputation as a problem solver that helps employers tackle workplace violence. His proactive approach to these matters involves developing corporate policies, implementing procedures and training employers to evaluate circumstances and intervene in situations before violence occurs.

Professional Affiliations
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Texas State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • 26th Judicial District Bar
  • 28th Judicial District Bar
Awards and Honors
  • AV Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite
  • Litigation Council of America

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.

An explorer at heart, Steve’s most recent travels took him to England, Holland, France, Mexico and Grand Cayman.
Favorite Food:             Texas barbecue

Community Involvement
  • American Cancer Society, Asheville Leadership Council, Former Chairperson
  • American Cancer Society Charlotte Leadership Council, Former Chairperson
  • American Cancer Society, Cancer Action Network (Advocacy Division), National Council
  • Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM), Medical Ministry Board Member and Former President
  • Asheville Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Circle