Lawyer Profile

Law School - Samford University Cumberland School of Law

Bar Admission - 9/30/1999

Law Office Locations: Tuscaloosa, Birmingham

Geographic Areas Served: All counties in Alabama

Clay Williams

The Martin Law Group

2323 2nd Avenue North

Birmingham, AL 35203

Phone: 205-343-1771

Toll Free | 888-578-6928


Areas of Practice:
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

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


Miles Clayborn Williams is a Huntsville, Alabama native and is a 1995 graduate of Auburn University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s 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 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 works in Birmingham-area missions and has served previously on the church’s Board of Trustees and provided oversight over church legal matters. Mr. Williams also coaches youth baseball and basketball.


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

Community Involvement:

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)

Youth Coach


“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

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.


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