Ian M. Williamson
Ian Williamson concentrates his litigation practice on commercial and shareholder disputes, and he is also experienced in appellate practice and certain health care matters. He has litigated numerous cases involving shareholder disputes; breaches of statutory and common law fiduciary duties; usurpation of corporate opportunities; unfair and oppressive conduct by those in control of business entities; medical practice breakups; alleged violations of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements; and various business torts. Drawing from his extensive litigation experience, Mr. Williamson also advises clients as to business entity formation and maintenance, and drafts agreements among shareholders, members, or partners that clarify and preserve the parties' rights and responsibilities with respect to their ownership interests.
Mr. Williamson mixes innovative strategy with the skillful use of negotiation to effectively represent his clients’ interests. His diplomatic abilities and professionalism, combined with tenacity and an iron will to achieve the best results possible, have resulted in considerable successes for his clients. Among others, some of Mr. Williamson’s successes include a $1.3 million settlement in favor of a former shareholder and insurance company executive in a contract dispute; full dismissal of all claims without any damages payment for a former institutional pharmacy employee accused of violating restrictive covenants in an employment contract; a $13 million settlement for minority owners of a steel enterprise after five days of trial against the majority owners; and a $3.25 million settlement in favor of the creditors committee of an insolvent HMO in litigation against its former management company.
Mr. Williamson has garnered high praise and respect from his fellow attorneys, and routinely receives referrals from attorneys who have opposed him in litigation. He maintains a pragmatic approach to client engagements, believes in routine and frank communication with clients, and strives in all matters to maximize each client’s outcome while minimizing costs. Mr. Williamson subscribes to George Kneller’s philosophy that “to think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.” This attitude motivates him to routinely re-examine strategies with an eye towards fresh approaches to achieve his client’s goals.
A Ferndale resident for more than a decade, Mr. Williamson maintains close ties to his home city, where he serves on the Planning Commission and acts as liaison to the Board of Zoning Appeals. His community service includes volunteering for the Accounting Aid Society and working with the Friends of Jesus Fellowship, a Ferndale-based Quaker meeting, to feed the homeless and disadvantaged. Mr. Williamson has taught an introductory business management course as an adjunct professor at Lawrence Technological University, and he periodically writes and publishes articles on business and health care law.
J.D., cum laude, Wayne State University Law School, 2004
First place: Moot Court Law Day Competition
Senior Note Editor, Journal of Law in Society
Recipient of Ira J. Spoon writing award
Silver Key Certificate for academic excellence
B.A., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1999
Eastern District of Michigan
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
HONORS AND AWARDS
“Super Lawyer,” Michigan Super Lawyers, 2015
“Rising Star,” Michigan Super Lawyers, 2010-2014
- Shifting Sands of Peer Review Privilege, AHLA Connections, 2015.
- Fiduciary Duty in Business Litigation, Michigan Bar Journal, 2014.
- Shareholder and Corporate Oppression Actions: Fixing Liability Against Those In Control of Closely Held Corporations, Michigan Bar Journal, 2012.
- Minority Shareholder Oppression: From Estes to Franchino, Michigan Bar Journal, 2005.