Michael J. Williams was born and raised in Wahpeton, North Dakota. He attended North Dakota State College of Science, and received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Dakota in 1976. He attended the University of North Dakota School of Law, and graduated in 1979. Since graduation, Mike’s practice has been focused on serious personal injury and wrongful death cases, and cases involving the rights of people with disabilities. He is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in North Dakota and Minnesota. Mike has been active in the North Dakota Association for Justice, having served on the Board for multiple terms, and was elected President of the North Dakota Association for Justice in 2004-2005. Mike has also been active in the State Bar Association of North Dakota, having served on multiple committees, multiple terms on the Board of Governors and as President of the Association in 2005-2006. (Link).
Mike has been listed as a “litigation star” by Benchmark Litigation, and has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in the Personal Injury category (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015) by Super Lawyers, a rating service of outstanding lawyers. Mike has been identified as “leading litigator” by Chambers USA and has earned an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating provided by the peer review rating system.
Mike has been active in numerous community activities, spending years coaching youth basketball, football and other sports. (Link). He has served on several community boards and committees, including the Metro Area Tournament Committee, Minnesota State University Moorhead Paralegal Advisory Board, North Dakota State College of Science Alumni Letter Winners Board, ARC of North Dakota/Upper Valley ARC, and the Hope Lutheran Church Health Council. He is an active member of Hope Lutheran Church in Fargo. Mike also has been an adjunct professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead, in the paralegal program.
Mike, and the Maring Williams Law Office, were involved with the “I Buckle Up” campaign, which was a program presented to area fifth graders emphasizing the need for children and their families to increase seatbelt use. Mike, and the firm, are also currently involved with EndDD, which is a program presented to all area high schools in an effort to reduce distracted driving. In 2001, he received the Community Service Award from the State Bar Association of North Dakota for his involvement in numerous community activities. (Link).
Mike enjoys working hard for his clients to protect their rights, and gains enormous satisfaction from assisting his clients in handling the many legal, financial, medical and emotional issues that are caused by a car crash or other traumatic event.
In his free time, Mike enjoys participating in many sport and lake activities. Mike and his wife Sherry have two children and live in Fargo.