Industry Associations

  • Risk Management Association (Young Professionals Committee Member)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Central, Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of California

Professional Affiliations

Orange County Bar Association

Community Involvement

Bet Tzedek 



University of Miami School of Law, J.D.

Brigham Young University, B.A.

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David J. Williams

Orange County
T: 714.557.7990
F: 714.557.7991
Representative Matters
Full Bio

David Williams has in-depth experience litigating commercial banking, creditor’s rights, real estate and development disputes. He advises financial institutions, title insurers, commercial finance companies, venture capital firms, investment bankers, hedge funds, general business owners, and other companies in the banking and financial services industry. 

Mr. Williams’ expertise includes representing financial institutions, ranging from community, regional and national banks to capital investment and acquisition companies, in litigation and negotiations. He frequently counsels on matters involving bankruptcy, foreclosure, acquisition, loan workouts and receiverships. Mr. Williams also assists clients in real estate acquisition, creditor-based foreclosure, development, title establishment and transfer, and management and imposition of receiverships.

He is a member of M&R’s Associate Liaison Committee.

Pro Bono

Mr. Williams donates his time to Legal Services of Bet Tzedek, assisting low income and Spanish speaking individuals on various issues, ranging from landlord/tenant disputes to employment and government benefits.


Mr. Williams received his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from Brigham Young University (BYU).

Awards & Special Recognitions

Mr. Williams was part of an M&R litigation team that received the Daily Journal's Top Verdicts of 2014. 

Representative Matters

  • Bankruptcy:  Mr. Williams has represented numerous creditors by obtaining orders for relief from bankruptcy stays, in order to permit the lenders to foreclose upon secured properties. He assisted in providing these services to both major lenders and smaller capital investment firms. Through these efforts, M&R recovered properties that were acquired (after relief from stay by the bankruptcy courts were granted), garnering millions of dollars in favor of our clients. Additionally, one capital investment firm, alone, received more than $4 million, after M&R assisted in obtaining relief from bankrupt debtors.
  • Breach of GuarantyMr. Williams assisted in seeking recovery of money owed to one of California’s leading banks for breach of promissory note and breach of guaranty. The opposing side sought relief from these claims pursuant to various legal theories that would bar the lender’s relief, including a defense that the guaranty was a sham guaranty. Mr. Williams successfully represented the lender in overcoming and demonstrating the invalidity of each defense and M&R prevailed on behalf of our client, obtaining an award in the amount of $23 million.
  • Commercial Lease Dispute: With the eviction of a commercial tenant after a foreclosure imminent, Mr. Williams was able to both litigate, and successfully negotiate eviction terms, enabling the lender to recover on a $2.5 million loan.
  • Debt Recovery:  Mr. Williams successfully won several high-dollar judgments, including a $13 million and a $17 million award, on behalf of a large California bank.
  • Deeds in Lieu: Mr. Williams assisted lenders in negotiating options to obtain relief, after borrowers defaulted on loans secured by real property. Through these efforts, M&R was able to assist banks and capital investment firms in transfers of real property and in negotiating deeds in lieu of foreclosure. One capital investment firm, and the related borrower, secured $2.5 million of relief.