Gerald J. Williams

Gerald J. Williams

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BAR ADMISSIONS

Pennsylvania
New Jersey
United States Supreme Court
U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

AWARDS & HONORS

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers every consecutive year since 2006
"AV Preeminent" Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory: 1996-present
America's Preeminent Lawyers
National Association of Distinguished Counsel's List of the Nation's Top One Percent, 2016

ASSOCIATIONS & AFFILIATIONS

Philadelphia Association for Justice (Sustaining Member)
New Jersey Association for Justice
Roscoe Pound Institute (Supporting Fellow)
Public Justice
American Association for Justice
Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
Philadelphia Bar Association

EDUCATION

St. Joseph's College Cum Laude (1973)
University of Pittsburgh, M.A. (1976)
Temple University School of Law, Evening Division (1982)

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The philosophy of playing baseball is a lot like practicing law. You have to have a 360-degree perspective, quick reflexes, strategy, and a willingness to play long and hard. A Buddhist teacher visiting America, who upon seeing baseball for the first time called it the most "zen" of all sports, requiring both calm and total awareness. That's how I approach trying cases.


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Gerald J. Williams

Co-Founder and Partner


CONTACT

P: 215.557.0099
F: 215.557.0673
E: gwilliams@wcblegal.com

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Civil Rights
Discrimination
Child and Student Abuse
Wage & Hour Litigation
Commerical and Business
Environmental Toxic Tort
Veteran’s Benefits
Workplace Safety
Whistleblower qui tam

 

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BIOGRAPHY

Gerald Williams concentrates on toxic tort and complex personal injury cases in addition to handling consumer protection, civil rights, employment law, police litigation and class actions.


 “We established our firm as one that clients and other attorneys would turn to when they need assistance with complex litigation involving infractions or injuries in the workplace, the environment, or violations of their civil rights.”


Mr. Williams received his law degree in 1982 from Temple University School of Law [Evening Division]. He was an associate at a Philadelphia law firm before starting his own practice in 1983. A year later, he and Mark Cuker became partners.


 “Without civil rights, there are no other rights.”


Mr. Williams is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania, the District of New Jersey, the United States Third Circuit of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Both he and his firm have received an “AV Preeminent” rating – the highest given – from legal publisher Martindale-Hubbell. He has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer 2006-2017 for environmental litigation.

Mr. Williams has won significant verdicts and settlements for plaintiffs in civil rights and environmental tort cases in many courts, including Merry v. Westinghouse, which established medical monitoring as a remedy under Pennsylvania common law, and Ambrogi v. Gould, the first case to hold medical monitoring available under Pennsylvania’s Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act.


 “It’s now commonplace, but we were among the first to really delve deeply into these matters, using experts and fashioning remedies that involved a lot of discovery, research, time and effort working directly with victims and communities.

 For instance, we were among the first to insist upon medical monitoring for environmental hazard victims.”


Award-Certificate-Gerald-Williams-April-2015-300x232.jpgMr. Williams and two Williams Cuker Berezofsky colleagues, Beth Cole and Christopher Markos, were honored at a reception hosted by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s Prisoner Civil Rights Panel.

They were presented certificates of appreciation by the Honorable Judge M. Faith Angell for their service in representing hundreds of prisoners in claims that they were injured as a result of unconstitutional conditions of the Philadelphia Prison System.  Judge Angell noted that between 2011 and 2014, the attorneys accepted judicial appointments to represent more than 900 former pro se plaintiffs and resolved the vast majority of the cases, with more than 500 resulting in individual settlements with the city and private medical providers.

Before his law career, Mr. Williams held positions in the fields of mental health and social work, serving as director of research and evaluation at the Benjamin Rush Center in Philadelphia and as an evaluation analyst at St. Luke’s and Children’s Medical Center.  This background has been invaluable in his client relations, especially in working with the families of injured or abused children.

Mr. Williams continues his lifelong involvement in amateur baseball and is still an active player in the John DeBenedictis Men’s Senior Baseball League.

 

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

Current:

  • Doe v. S.E. Delco School District, et al.: Lead counsel. Case asserts civil rights and Title IX claims against past and current school officials on behalf of grade school students molested by one of their teachers.
  • Kedra v. Schroetter: Lead counsel. Civil rights case on behalf of the family of a Pennsylvania State Trooper who died after he was shot by his firearms instructor.
  • Home heating oil spill: Lead counsel in three cases.
  • Whistleblower qui tam: Lead counsel in two cases filed under seal in federal court.

Past:

  • Merry v. Westinghouse: Trial counsel. Established medical monitoring damages as a remedy in Pennsylvania environmental tort cases. Case settled after a plaintiffs’ verdict on liability.
  • Ambrogi v. Gould: Lead counsel. Among other precedents, established the availability of medical monitoring under Pennsylvania’s Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act. Ambrogi, which involved lead contamination and related personal injury claims resulted in what was at the time the largest toxic tort settlement in Pennsylvania history.
  • Palinkas v. Petro: Trial counsel. Obtained the largest known plaintiff’s verdict in Pennsylvania in a case involving the misdelivery of home heating oil.
  • Schorr v. West Shore Police Department: Lead counsel. Applied the Americans with Disabilities Act to police encounters with victims of mental illness. Settlement included county-wide revision of procedures for processing the mentally ill through the criminal justice system.
  • In re Northampton County Prison: Lead counsel. A civil rights case which ended with the settlement of dozens of claims of inmates suffering from the dangerous infection MRSA.
  • McKissock v. York County, et al.: Lead counsel. Civil rights case which settled the wrongful death claims of the family of an inmate who allegedly received inadequate medical care in prison.
  • Dimick, et al v. IBM: One of several principal counsel representing over 800 plaintiffs in claims arising from “vapor intrusion” of trichloroethylene emanating from a large industrial facility.

SELECTED ARTICLES & PUBLICATIONS

Punitive Damages in Environmental Toxic Tort Cases,” (with Albert J. Slap), The Barrister (Spring 1989)

“The Pennsylvania Whistleblowers Law: New Remedies for an Old Wrong,” Pennsylvania Employment Rights Reporter, Vol.1, No.2 (March 1989)

“The Centolanza/Wack Rule: An Important New Tool for Toxic Tort Plaintiffs,” 23 Pennsylvania Law Weekly, 124 (4/00)

“Protecting the Right to Clean Living,” Trial Magazine (February 2005)

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