Christian M. Williams


Chris Williams has over twenty-five years of experience as a trial attorney, focusing on all aspects of employment, commercial and general tort litigation. Chris has represented Ohio school boards in trial and appellate court litigation, labor arbitrations, real property tax valuation cases, civil rights claims, employment discrimination, student discipline matters, and many other school law matters. Chris also counsels assists school boards in labor and other contract negotiations. Chris is a member of the Executive Committee of the Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys, and is a regular presenter on school law issues throughout the state.

Chris spends his free time coaching his son’s flag football and basketball teams, and training for his next 10K. Chris has served in a variety of volunteer roles, including Treasurer and Assistant Chief for the Cuyahoga Valley Native Sons and Native Daughters, an organization dedicated to promoting the bond between father and child through recreational activities such as camping, model rockets, and the pine car derby.

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
Ohio local and state courts

Professional & Civic Organizations/Activities

Ohio State Bar Association
Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys’ Executive Committee


J.D., cum laude, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
B.A., cum laude, English (minors in Political Science and Philosophy), Case Western Reserve University

Selected Presentations & Published Works

“Remote Education and Discipline” – OSBA

“Fixing Troublesome Contract Language” – School Negotiations Workshop


“Discipline in the Age of COVID-19: Virtual Misconduct”; School Law Update Seminar

“Sports Law Virtual Workshop – Legal Roundup”; Ohio School Boards Association

“Setting the Bargaining Table: Preparations for Negotiations”; School Negotiations Workshop

“Ticket to Ride: Access to Extracurricular Activities Under Section 504”; Special Education Seminar


“Life After Janus“; School Negotiations Workshop

“Staying on Top of Administrative Contract Issues“; School Law Update Seminar

“School Safety“; Special Education Seminar


“Fixing Troublesome Contract Language”; School Negotiations Workshop

“Discipline of Students with Disabilities”; Special Education Seminar

“Tips to Keep You from Going CRA-EZ on Tax Abatements“; School Law Update Seminar


“Ties that Bind – Contract Language that Hinders the Mission“; School Negotiations Workshop

“Planning and Legally Conducting Board Meetings“; School Law Update Seminar


“The Line in the Sand: Disciplining Employees“; School Law Update Seminar

“Electronic Discussions and the Open Meetings Act”; OSBA Capital Conference


“Head Toward the Light! The Necessity of Complying with Ohio’s Open Meetings Act”; School Law Update Seminar

“How Unions Use Grievances and Unfair Labor Practice Charges to Extract Language Concessions”; School Negotiations Workshop

“Student-Related Search and Seizure”; School In-Service

“Management Toolbox: Outsourcing and Sharing of Services: Challenges and Opportunities”; OSBA & ESC

“Proper Investigation and Discipline of Employees”; School In-Service

“Proper Investigation and Discipline of Students”; School In-Service

“Improving Employee Performance Through Effective Evaluations”; School In-Service