James M. 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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Jim is a director-shareholder with the law firm of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A. He maintains a sophisticated, multifaceted litigation and appellate practice, aggressively serving clients in a wide-array of industries, including manufacturing, technology, construction, and retail. Jim continues to successfully represent clients in complex business disputes and product liability cases, and has tried numerous cases to verdict in courtrooms throughout Ohio. In an addition to his corporate practice, Jim has also developed a focus on representing individuals in probate disputes, including breach of trusts, removal of trustees, guardianship issues, will contests, and post-death disputes. Prior to joining the firm in 2013, Jim served as a Judicial Attorney in the Eleventh District Court of Appeals.

When not concentrating on the legal practice, Jim devotes his time to various civic and charitable organizations, currently serving on the board of trustees for ArtsinStark to advance the arts throughout the community, and formerly serving on the board of trustees for The Workshops, Inc. (TWi), in advancement of providing vocational opportunities to individuals with developmental disabilities. He additionally serves on the Stark County Bar Association Executive Committee and the Stark County Law Library Association Board of Trustees. He was also a member of the 33rd Signature Class of Leadership Stark County, a program designed for business and community leaders.    

Professional Experience:

  • Counsels and represents clients on matters involving commercial and corporate litigation, including routine state and federal court practice in complex business disputes
  • Engages in appellate advocacy in courts throughout the country, including filing briefs before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Sixth Circuit
  • Served as Judicial Attorney to the Honorable Timothy P. Cannon in the Eleventh District Court of Appeals
  • Worked as a Certified Legal Intern in both the Milton A. Kramer Criminal Justice Clinic and the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office


  • Ohio University, B.A. in Political Science with a minor in History (2008); served as member of the Ohio University Speech and Debate Team
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Juris Doctorate (2011) cum laude; served as member of the Jonathan M. Ault Mock Trial Team

Court Admissions:

  • State of Ohio (2011)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Professional and Community Affiliations:

  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • Stark County Bar Association, Member & serves on the Executive Committee
  • Stark County Young Lawyers Committee
  • Stark County Law & Technology Committee
  • Stark County Law Library Association, Board of Trustees
  • The Workshops Inc.,(TWi) Board of Trustees
  • ArtsinStark, Board of Directors
  • yStark! Young Professionals Association; a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Young Professionals of Akron
  • Leadership Stark County, Member 33rd Signature Class

Honors & Awards:

  • Paul J. Hergenroeder Award (for the highest grade in Trial Tactics)
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award (for thesis paper in Social History of Crime Seminar)