William G. Williams

Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.
Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.
4775 Munson St. NW
Canton, Ohio
44718
United States
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Bill is a director with the law firm of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A. and serves on the firm’s Marketing Committee.

Professional Experience:

  • Represents oil and gas producer and service companies, developers, manufacturers, direct marketing companies, other businesses and industries, in both general corporate and commercial litigation (federal and state court) matters 
  • Has represented Ohio producers having 50 to 1600 wells for more than 30 years
  • Represents out of state oil & gas public corporations
  • Represented for 10 years a NYSE oil and gas corporation
  • Represented 10 Ohio groups of lessors for oil/gas leasing
  • Assists mineral owners in leasing and selling oil and gas rights
  • Successfully defended breach of contract actions, non-competition claims, oil and gas securities, lease and unitization issues including mandatory pooling and slander of title actions 
  • Initiated various lawsuits for declaratory judgments, Dormant Mineral Act, oil and gas lease breaches and enforcement of contractual obligations
  • Is serving as appointed special counsel for the Ohio Attorney General since 2004 for public colleges
  • Experienced in federal court civil commercial causes of action
  • Real Estate Title insurance agent, 1985-2012

Education:

  • University of Steubenville, B.A., 1972
  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1975

Notable Presentations and Publications:

  • "Oil and Gas Leasing In Ohio" (2012) - Stark County Bar Association
  • "Silencing Noisy Titles In Ohio's Utica Shale" (2013) - Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
  • "Oil and Gas Update:  Leasing and Litigation" (2013) - Ohio Society of CPAs
  • 18th Annual (2014) White-Williams Bankruptcy Institute – Oil & Gas Legal Assets
  • 5th Law of Shale Plays Conference - Institute of Energy Law (2014)
  • "Oil and Gas Legal and Economic Update" (2014) - Northeast Ohio Regional Estate Planners Forum
  • "Surviving in a Downturn: An Examination of Legal and Economic Alternatives" (June, 2016) Ohio Oil and Gas Association Bulletin 

Courts and Bar Associations:

  • Ohio, 1975
  • Ohio Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth District
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio
  • Ohio State Bar Association, serving on the Natural Resources Law and Environmental Law Committees, 1986-present

Professional and Community Affiliations:

  • Legal Counsel: Better Business Bureau Canton Region, 1994-2012, again 2015
  • First Executive Director (1982-1985), current Trustee at Large and past speaker: Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
  • Former Member & Secretary:  State of Ohio Oil and Gas Board of Review (NKA Oil and Gas Commission) 1986-1992
  • Member: Ohio Oil and Gas Association, 1986-present
  • Former Member:  Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 2014
  • Member: Stark County Bar Association, served as Chairman of the Real Estate Law Committee, 1994-2005
  • Oil and Gas Advisory Council: Stark State College
  • Former Board of Directors and Secretary: Stark State College Foundation
  • Member: Walsh University Advisory Board
  • Member: Greater Canton Chamber of Commerce, serving on Environmental and Legislative Committees
  • Former President and Director: Canton Palace Theatre Association
  • Former President and Board of Directors: Downtown Canton Association
  • Former Member and Chairman: Board of Zoning Appeals, Plain Township, 1986-1992

Honors & Awards:

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®, 2007-current
  • Listed in Ohio Super Lawyers®, 2006-current
    • The only Ohio attorney simultaneously listed for the past 6 years on both above lists for Oil and Gas/Natural Resources Law
  • AV® Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
  • Maintains a “10.0 Superb” rating by AVVO
    • Rated #1 in AVVO for Ohio Oil & Gas Attorneys