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
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:

  • Has represented oil and gas producer and service companies, real estate developers, public colleges, 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
  • Has represented 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


  • 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 - present:  active
  • Pennsylvania licensed initially 1985, current status: retired
  • 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 - present
  • First Executive Director (1982-1985), current member, 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 (10 years) and former Secretary: Stark State College Foundation
  • Member: Walsh University Advisory Board
  • Member: Greater Canton Chamber of Commerce
  • Former President and past 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 7 consecutive 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