Areas of Practice:
Disability, Life & Pension/Retirement Benefits
District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
District Court for the Northern District of Florida
District Court for the District of Nevada
Court of Appeals for the Second, Sixth and Eleventh Circuit
District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
Bar Association: Public Service Committee (2009-2010); Bar Bulletin Committee
County 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
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.
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
University – Auburn, Alabama - Masters of Accountancy 1996
BSBA, June 1995, Accounting
Honors: Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Honorary Fraternity
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)
School of Law
National Moot Court Team Coach for
New York Bar Competition (2013-present)
Park Youth Baseball Board
Board Secretary and League
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)
ERISA Cases: Five Mistakes that Can Hurt Your Client”, Birmingham Bar Bulletin
ERISA Reimbursements After U.S. Airways v. McCutchen”, Birmingham Bar Bulletin
to Determine If ERISA Applies to Your Client’s Insurance Claim”, Birmingham Bar
Bulletin (Spring 2013)
given numerous legal-education presentations before state, city and county bar
associations in Alabama and Georgia on the subject of ERISA
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.