Individuals and corporations that will need legal representation in a court of law, or that want to bring legal action against another party, can call on Harry Williams for an experienced appraisal of their case. A specialist in litigation for plaintiffs and defendants, Harry has represented corporate, bank and individual clients for over 40 years.
Clients looking for an honest assessment of their situation from a seasoned, professional litigator who truly enjoys working with people will appreciate Harry’s personal attention to their concerns and frequent updates on their case. Formerly an attorney for Norstar Bank of Upstate New York in commercial and residential mortgages, commercial litigation and loan transactions, trial counsel to Aetna Life and Casualty Company for over 20 years, and for over two decades, an attorney for one of the largest residential home builders in Central New York, Harry has built a solid reputation as a first-class litigator.
Always concerned about costs on behalf of his clients and ensuring that they know exactly where they stand throughout every step of the litigation process, clients can be assured that Harry will also draw upon the skills and knowledge of other attorneys in the firm when they can help his clients (for example, if a client needs help with estate planning or some administrative matter). He is a thoughtful, highly effective advocate for his clients—especially in the courtroom.
The main thrust of Harry’s litigation practice over the years was originally representing insurance companies in the defense of personal injury and life insurance claims. Subsequently, after forming his own law firm, much of his litigation practice shifted to plaintiff cases and construction litigation while still on occasion being retained by insurance companies.
In the past several years, with the explosion of bicycle usage, many new areas have emerged in which bicyclists injured in accidents have encountered special needs for their claims. These needs include insurance coverage issues, parental liability questions, issues involving the execution of waivers and releases, and dog bite cases. Many cases are now arising of product failure. The injuries suffered by bicyclists are generally far more serious than those seen in automobile cases and frequently involve traumatic brain injuries.
To deal with these questions, Harry has been presenting seminars to attorneys and non-attorneys on insurance claims, rules of the road for bicyclists, dog bite cases, waivers of liability forms, manufacturing defect cases, screening and the special rules for infants. Harry has also published a manual of safety tips, rules of the road, transportation laws, and information for bicycle accident reconstruction experts.
For Harry, bicycle safety is a passion not just a practice. He and his wife are avid cyclists and log hundreds of miles each year. He has participated in bicycle tours throughout the world, and most recently participated in BIKE NEW YORK, a cross-borough New York City tour and fundraiser.
My father was the oldest of twelve children and grew up on a hardscrabble farm near Chatham, New York. He enlisted in the army in 1917, went to O.C.S. and fought in France with the Fighting 69th. He did this without earning a high school degree. He retired as a Captain in 1919 and went to work as a lineman for Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. He was wounded twice and received the Purple Heart plus other medals.
Late in life, he formed an electrical construction company. I worked on line crews for several years before graduating from law school.
I learned a lot about diligence, hard work and respect for all people from my father, who had nothing handed to him. I believe those family experiences have benefitted me in a long legal career where I have represented the large corporate clients such as banks and insurance companies, as well as many individuals in need of legal services from personal injuries to other complicated legal issues.
I have for years been an active bicyclist and tennis player and have competed in both sports. Maintaining a high level of fitness and a balance in my personal life has served as a foundation for my legal services.
While my own military career did not match that of my father, I also retired as a Captain from the U.S. Army. All of these experiences have, in my opinion, given me the ability to solve legal problems for clients, whatever their status or position.