Nicole Williams is a trial lawyer who represents clients before federal and state trial and appellate courts as well as in arbitration and regulatory investigations and proceedings. She has tried numerous jury cases, in both civil and criminal court. She focuses her practice on litigation and counseling on matters involving antitrust, advertising, RICO, and other complex business litigation and complex commercial disputes, including class actions (as both plaintiff and defendant).
Nicole has provided legal opinions and advice regarding antitrust implications of product distribution agreements, joint ventures, other contractual arrangements, membership requirements for organizations, and mergers and acquisitions. She has provided legal opinions and advice regarding existing or proposed advertising materials, including product packaging and labeling, distribution materials, and social media and website content including as part of due diligence in transactions. Nicole has dealt with First Amendment, Texas Citizens Participation Act (anti-SLAPP), and Defamation Mitigation Act issues related to advertising, social media, business and consumer disputes, and news publications.
Nicole has represented clients in investigative proceedings by the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice, Texas Attorney General, and National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau, including successfully defending clients from motions to enforce subpoenas.
Nicole serves as Chair of Thompson & Knight’s cross-practice Advertising and Social Media initiative. For years, she has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America®, Texas Super Lawyers®, and Texas Rising Stars® for her outstanding legal work. She frequently speaks and authors chapters and articles on various topics, including antitrust, advertising, class actions, complex arbitration, e-discovery, responding to government subpoenas, and other complex litigation topics.