Former Stoel Rives Partner David. J. Williams Sworn in as Judge of Utah 2nd District Court

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Williams, a partner at Stoel Rives for 16 years, was appointed to the bench by Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert.

SALT LAKE CITY Stoel Rives LLP is proud to announce that former firm partner David J. Williams has been sworn in as a judge for Utah’s 2nd District Court.

Williams was appointed to the bench by Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert in October 2018 and confirmed by the Utah Senate in November. He took office in early January and was officially sworn in at the Utah Supreme Court on Jan. 24.

“A leader in our Salt Lake City office, D.J.’s time at Stoel Rives has been characterized by his unparalleled client service and dedication to the legal profession, including leading for several years our firm-wide Pro Bono Committee,” said Jim Torgerson, Stoel Rives Firm Managing Partner. “We are sad we’re losing D.J. as a partner from the Firm, but happy for Utah’s 2nd District Court that it is gaining him as a judge.”

Formerly a partner in Stoel Rives’ litigation group, Williams represented clients in complex commercial litigation in both state and federal courts, with an emphasis on product liability and construction defect cases. Before he joined Stoel Rives, Williams clerked for the Honorable Dee V. Benson, District Court Chief Judge, District of Utah.

“David Williams has a nuanced understanding of the law that will serve him well,” Herbert said in October when he appointed Williams to the court. “I believe he will be unbiased and bring honesty and integrity to the bench.”

“I am honored and humbled to have been appointed by Gov. Herbert,” Williams said. “I appreciate his trust and will work hard to serve those in the 2nd District to the best of my abilities.”

Williams earned a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and his law degree from its J. Reuben Clark Law School.

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