James Williams

, Shareholder


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Jim was born and raised in Birmingham. Now in his twenty-fifth year at Sirote, Jim handles civil litigation, with a particular focus on life and disability insurance litigation, representation of banks and mortgage companies, construction litigation, trust/estate/probate litigation, shareholder and derivative lawsuits, and all forms of commercial litigation on behalf of individuals and businesses. Jim has handled matters in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky, Ohio and Arkansas. Jim handles appeals in state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Jim has represented clients in hundreds of arbitrations involving both group and individual insurance policies, as well as commercial business and construction disputes. 

Awards & Accreditations

  • Alabama Super Lawyers 
  • AV-Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating



  • Admitted to practice
    • US Supreme Court
    • US Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
    • US District Court, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Birmingham Bar Association
    • Grievance Committee, past group chair
  • Alabama and American Bar Associations
  • Project Corporate Leadership Class, member
  • University of Alabama Library Leadership Board

Thought Leadership

  • Executive Committee/Board member, Sirote & Permutt
  • Serves as general counsel to a locally-owned bank
  • Experienced commercial litigator, representing banks and other financial services clients in State and Federal Courts in Alabama in various cases with issues including:
    • Allegations related to improper mortgage servicing and subservicing
    • RESPA and FCRA
    • Foreclosures and subsequent sales of property
    • Title insurance issues
    • Lien priority issues
    • Construction disputes
    • Subprime financing issues
    • Breach of contract, fraud, wrongful imprisonment
  • Adjunct Professor, Basic Skills in Trial Advocacy, Cumberland School of Law at Samford University

Cumberland School of Law

JD, 1991

  • The American Journal of Trial Advocacy
  • American Bar Association. National Mock Trial Team
  • ABA Southeastern Regional Mock Trial Competition, first place
  • ABA National Mock Trial Competition, second place
  • ABA National Mock Trial Competition--Best Advocate, second place
  • Trial Advocacy Board
  • Dean's List

Washington & Lee University

BA, 1988

  • Featured in The Cumberland Lawyer, "Where are They Now?", Winter 2009

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