Miles Clayborn Williams, Esq.
Miles Clayborn Williams is a Huntsville, Alabama native and is a 1995 graduate of Auburn University where he earned his Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree in financial accounting. Mr. Williams subsequently earned his law degree from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, where he graduated cum laude. Mr. Williams’ achievements at Cumberland included membership of Cumberland’s National Moot Court Team, service as Executive Editor of the American Journal of Trial Advocacy and induction into Curia Honoris.
After law school, Mr. Williams served as Law Clerk for Justice Hugh Alva Maddox of the Supreme Court of Alabama, then as Staff Attorney for Justice Jean Brown. Thereafter, Mr. Williams entered private practice where he has devoted his career to the representation of individuals and small businesses in a variety of matters, including in litigation before numerous state and federal jurisdictions.
In addition to his professional work, Mr. Williams also is active within his community. He is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church where he currently teaches third-grade Sunday School, works in Birmingham-area missions, and serves on the church’s Board of Trustees where he oversees all its legal matters. Mr. Williams also coaches youth sports, including soccer, basketball and baseball.
- ERISA Disability, Life & Pension/Retirement Benefits
- ERISA Class Action
- Alabama Supreme Court
- Nevada Supreme Court
- U.S. District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Sixth and Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
- U.S. Supreme Court
Cumberland School of Law – Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
- Juris Doctor, May 1999 (cum laude – graduated in top 7% of class)
- Honors: Curia Honoris Society 1999
- Honors: Cordell Hull Legal Research & Writing Teaching Fellowship 1998-1999
- Honors: Executive Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy 1998-1999
- Honors: National Moot Court Team member 1997-1998
Auburn University – Auburn, Alabama
- Masters of Accountancy 1996
- BSBA, June 1995, Accounting
- Honors: Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Honorary Fraternity
Publications & Presentations
- “Title VII and Same-Sex Sexual Harassment: What Is the Proper Theoretical Basis for a Sexual Harassment Claim?”, 21 Am. J. Trial Advoc. 651 (Spring 1998)
- “Handling ERISA Cases: Five Mistakes that Can Hurt Your Client”, Birmingham Bar Bulletin (Summer 2015)
- “Handling ERISA Reimbursements After U.S. Airways v. McCutchen”, Birmingham Bar Bulletin (Fall 2013)
- “How to Determine If ERISA Applies to Your Client’s Insurance Claim”, Birmingham Bar Bulletin (Spring 2013)
- Has given numerous legal-education presentations before state, city and county bar associations in Alabama and Georgia on the subject of ERISA
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Alabama Bar Association
- Birmingham Bar Association: Public Service Committee (2009-2010); Bar Bulletin Committee (2010-present)
- Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association
- Nevada Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- In re Bakery and Confectionery Union and Industry Int’l Pension Fund Pension Plan, 865 F. Supp. 2d 469 (S.D.N.Y. 2012), aff’d sub nom by Alcantara v. Bakery and Confectionery Union and Industry Int’l Pension Fund Pension Plan, 751 F.3d 71 (2d Cir. 2014): Obtained judgment for pension plan participants in an action for enforcement of ERISA’s “anti-cutback” rule before prevailing again on appeal to the Second Circuit.
- Melech v. Life Ins. Co. of N. Am., 739 F.3d 663 (11th Cir. 2014): Successfully appealed a judgment against the plaintiff in a precedential case addressing the duties and obligations owed by plan administrators in the review and adjudication of claims for ERISA-governed benefits.
- Gooch v. Life Investors Ins. Co. of Am., 672 F.3d 402 (6th Cir. 2012): Obtained a favorable ruling on class certification simultaneously with a grant of summary judgment on the breach of a supplemental insurance policy.
- Smith v. Life Ins. Co. of N. Am., 33 F. Supp. 3d (N.D. Ala. 2014): Negotiated a favorable settlement of a claim for long term disability benefits after obtaining an important discovery ruling.
- Katherine A. Virago v. Life Ins. Co. of N. Am., Civil Action No. 2:13-cv-01976-RDP (N.D. Ala.): Obtained successful resolution of an ERISA disability claim which included reinstatement of the client’s full benefit.
- Imtiaz P. Syed v. Accenture LLP, et al, Case No. 1:14-cv-08103 (N.D. Ill.): Negotiated a favorable settlement of a claim for breach of fiduciary duty and equitable relief under ERISA relating to a group life insurance benefit.
Trinity United Methodist Church
- Board of Trustees Chair (2013-2015)
- Administrative Board member (2009-present)
- Lay volunteer in homeless ministries (including Church of the Reconciler and the Family Promise program which ministers to homeless families)
Cumberland School of Law
- National Moot Court Team Coach for New York Bar Competition (2013-present)
Homewood Park Youth Baseball Board
- Board Secretary and League Commissioner (2014-present)