Education & Experience
M. Thurman Williams is a 1976 graduate of Syracuse University and a 1980 graduate of Notre Dame Law School. He has been licensed to practice law in Texas since May 1981. While at Notre Dame he served as President of Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity and Vice-President of BALSA.
Mr. Williams’ legal career includes 10 years of employment with the Texas Workforce Commission and the Department of Human Services. He served as an administrative law judge with the TWC where his responsibilities included conducting hearings and writing decisions and orders pertaining to entitlement to unemployment insurance, insurance fraud, and employer tax liability. While with the Department of Human Services he served as Assistant Regional Attorney in both the Houston and Dallas areas. He provided legal counsel regarding employment law issues; represented the interests of the Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Service, and Day Care Licensing Departments, among others.
Mr. Williams’ legal career within the workers’ compensation arena began in February of 1991 at the TDI-DWC (formerly Texas Workers’ Compensation Commission) serving among the first group of Contested Case Hearing Officers charged with administering the 1989 Workers’ Compensation Act. In that capacity he not only assisted with training fellow hearing officers, he also was called upon to conduct seminars to train the general public about the new Workers’ Compensation Law.
In May 1993, Mr. Williams’ joined a boutique workers’ compensation firm in Austin,Texas. During his first tenure as a Senior Associate Attorney, Mr. Williams was responsible for providing insurance defense representation for over 200 clients across the State of Texas. After a five-year period during which Mr. Williams operated his own legal practice (Law Office of M. Thurman Williams P.C.) he returned to the firm as the managing partner of the firm’s Dallas office.
In the course of his thirty plus years of practice Mr. Williams has been a frequent seminar speaker on subjects pertaining to employment and workers’ compensation law. Mr. Williams has written legal opinions and served as an expert witness or consultant in several cases on judicial review in District Court. Mr. Williams has the distinction of being among the few attorneys who have had the privilege of serving as a Contested Case Hearing Officer, and providing legal representation to employees, employers, medical providers, and insurance carriers within the Texas Workers’ Compensation system.
Mr. Williams is the proud father of a son and daughter, both of whom graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, and are currently licensed practicing attorneys. Mr. Williams is an ordained Deacon in the Baptist Church and professional musician.