Avery Williams is a Principal in the Dallas office of McKool Smith. Avery focuses on complex commercial litigation, including the defense and prosecution of contract disputes, breach of fiduciary duty actions, and a broad variety of business torts in both state and federal courts. In law school, Avery served as a member of The Barristers, an honorary service society, and as the comment editor for the SMU Law Review.

Prior to law school, Avery was a marketing manager at Nortel. 


Representative Matters

  • Schermerhorn et al. v. CenturyLink et al. Representing CenturyLink in defense of a mass action lawsuit involving 64 plaintiffs in five discrete groups that brought securities fraud claims relating to a sale of control of a distressed company. 
  • Canyon Ridge Resort LLC et al. v. Sterne Agee & Leach Inc. et al. Representing a hotel development firm against an investment bank for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract.
  • John DeGroote Services v. Harbach, et al. Representing the BearingPoint Inc. liquidating trust in a suit against BearingPoint’s former directors and officers for breach of fiduciary duty.
  • In re: Semcrude, LP. Representing a collection of independent oil producers against a midstream oil company.
  • Brightstar Corp. v. E-Recycling LLC. Representing a cellular telephone handset recycling company in a breach-of-contract suit.
  • De Boulle Diamond and Jewelry Inc. v. Boulle Ltd. Representing a fine jewelry retailer in a trademark infringement suit.


Rankings & Honors

  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America for Litigation: Commercial Litigation (2020-2024)

Media & Events


J.D., magna cum laude, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2010

  • Comment editor, SMU Law Review
  • Member, The Barristers, an honorary service organization

B.A., Trinity University, 1997

Court Admissions

  • State of Texas
  • The U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Southern Districts of Texas
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