David J. Williams

David J. Williams

Salt Lake City, UT

About D.J.

David “D.J.” Williams is a partner of the firm practicing in the Litigation practice group.  D.J. represents clients in complex commercial litigation in both state and federal courts with an emphasis in products liability and construction defect cases. D.J.’s product liability cases focus on representing vehicle manufacturers, including Nissan, Toyota, Kubota, and Mercedes Benz, in matters ranging from warranty claims to complex product liability disputes. D.J. has also handled product cases involving claims associated with herbicides, medical products/devices, ephedra and asbestos, among others.

D.J.’s construction  clients include general contractors, subcontractors, real estate developers, and owners. While  this practice focuses on litigation, D.J. also regularly consults on Utah-specific contract drafting and construction lien issues.

D.J. is the Pro Bono Coordinator for Stoel Rives LLP and sits on various pro bono boards including the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center.

Prior to joining Stoel Rives, D.J. was a Judicial Clerk (2002) for the Honorable Dee V. Benson, District Court Chief Judge, District of Utah.

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  • Blank v. Garff Enterprises, Inc. – D.J. represents Garff Enterprises and Mercedes Benz in this complex vehicle products case involving a multi-vehicle accident. 
  • Adams v. USA – This agricultural “mass action” dealt with alleged herbicide damage to the crops of more than 100 plaintiffs in Idaho. D.J. joined the trial team representing co-defendant DuPont Company. The case settled during a multi-day mediation following completion of discovery and extensive motion practice.
  • Winzler v. Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. – D.J. was Utah counsel for defendant Toyota in this alleged class action case. D.J. teamed with national counsel for Toyota in obtaining a dismissal of the case, which was upheld by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Snow v. Toyota Motor Corp. – D.J. was Utah counsel for defendant Toyota in this complex product liability involving a multi-vehicle accident. This case settled at mediation. 
  • High Desert Contractors v. Salt Lake City Rail Constructors (SLCRC) – D.J. represented SLCRC in a lawsuit regarding the construction of the TRAX line to the University of Utah. After extensive discovery, a two-week arbitration resulted in a very favorable outcome for SLCRC.
  • Kern River Gas Transmission v. Associated Pipeline Contractors – Millions of dollars in fees were at issue when D.J. represented Kern River in a large lawsuit regarding the construction of a multi-state gas pipeline. Stoel Rives prevailed on summary judgment.
  • CenterCal Construction, Inc. – D.J. currently represents CenterCal Construction, a large-scale commercial developer with projects in many states. Most recently, regarding CenterCal’s development of Station Park (a commercial development in Farmington, UT), D.J. has advised on Utah-specific construction laws, reviewed contracts, assisted in the negotiation of the construction contract with the general contractor, and litigated numerous mechanic’s liens case.
  • Six Continents Hotels v. Priskos – This case focused on the construction and management of a hotel in Ogden, UT. D.J. represented Six Continents Hotels and the case settled on terms favorable to the client after extensive discovery and motion practice.
  • Gordon v. USA – D.J. currently represents Adrian Gordon, a wrongfully convicted prisoner in the Utah State Prison. D.J. seeks a new trial for Mr. Gordon based on violations of Due Process in Mr. Gordon’s criminal trial.
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Honors & Activities

  • Listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers® (Personal Injury - Products, Business Litigation, Construction Litigation), 2012-2017
  • Listed among Rising Stars (Personal Injury), Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2009, 2011
  • Included in Utah Business Legal Elite, listed since 2011
  • Member, Farmington City Board of Adjustment, 2005-present
  • Board Member, Utah Waterfowl Association, 2007-2009
  • Board Member, Rocky Mountain Innocence Center, 2009-present
  • Co-Chair, Modest Means Committee, Utah State Bar, 2014-present
  • Member, Third District Pro Bono Commission, Utah State Bar, 2012-2014
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • D.J. is a contributor to Stoel Rives' Ahead of Schedule Development, Design & Construction Law Blog.
  • "Product Liability 101 – Taking the 'Wreck' Out of Recreation," Stoel Rives and Outdoor Industries Association "Outdoor University" Webinar, Aug. 2013
  • "Product Liability," The Law of Outdoor Industries, A Guide to Business and Legal Issues, July 2012
  • "Who Makes the Call? Sentencing the Firearm User Under 18 U.S.C. 924(c)(1) in U.S. v. Alborola-Rodriguez," BYU L. Rev., Sep. 2001

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