Richard John Williams
Richard John Williams received his bachelor of arts degree from Cornell College, Mount Vernon,
Iowa, in 1963 and his juris doctor degree from Georgetown University Law School, Washington, D.C.,
Mr. Williams represents individuals, trusts, corporations, partnerships, and limited liability
companies in a variety of business and commercial matters, including the formation and structure of
legal entities; the purchase, sale, and reorganization of businesses; and the legal issues relevant
to the general operation of businesses.
Mr. Williams has advised clients in ownership and corporate governance matters. He has also
represented businesses in a variety of contractual matters such as asset purchases, employment and
non-competition agreements, distribution and representation matters, leases and licenses.
Mr. Williams has extensive experience in real estate matters and has represented clients in the
evaluation, purchase, sale, lease, and operation of agricultural property and oil and gas interests.
He represents a variety of closely-held businesses including chemical distributors, aircraft parts
manufacturers, farming and ranching enterprises, plastic extruders and converters, steel stampers
and processors, and oil and gas enterprises.
Richard's participation in client matters includes board memberships, advice and consultation with
CEOs and Boards of Directors, and ownership and advice regarding wealth transfer. He currently is a
member of the American and Chicago Bar Associations and the American Agricultural Law Association.
He also serves on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Cornell College, and on the board of
Trustees of the Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
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