Mr. Williams advises financiers, producers, writers and directors at each relevant step of the motion picture film and television production process, from development to financial structuring to distribution and licensing. Mr. Williams further advises composers and production companies on composer agreements, soundtrack album agreements, music administration and co-publishing agreements, recording and synchronization licenses and master use licenses. Mr. Williams previously practiced at Dechert LLP and Skadden Arps. He has been accorded credit for his legal work on many award-winning film productions, most recently for his work on The Wife starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce. Mr. Williams is based in Munich, Germany.
University of Virginia, B.A.
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D..
District of Columbia
Mr. Williams has logged hundreds of hours of pro bono time, including successfully litigating the case of an asylum applicant as first chair in Federal Immigration Court.
PUBLICATIONS AND LECTURES
Scoring for Hollywood: What You Need to Know, a 90 minute lecture at Soundtrack Cologne 2019.
Motion Picture Finance in The Essential Guide to Entertainment Law: Deal Making (2018).
Getting What You Bargained For: How Courts Might Provide A Coherent Basis for Damages that Arise When Remedies Fail of their Essential Purpose. 5 Virginia Law & Business Review 131 (2010).
Pyrrhic Policy: The IRS Has Elected to Fight a Battle that it Will Likely Win but that May Foster Tax Avoidance. 23 Virginia Tax Review 725 (2004).
Mr. Williams has lectured multiple times at Bucerius Law School, Hamburg. At the University of Virginia School of Law he served as Articles Review Editor for both the Virginia Tax Review and the Virginia Journal of International Law.