John B. Williams, III provides enforcement and litigation counsel to financial services companies and individuals navigating internal investigations, government investigations, and complex civil litigation, with a particular emphasis on consumer finance matters and complex electronic discovery.
As a Partner in Buckley LLP’s Washington, D.C., office, Mr. Williams has represented clients before the Department of Justice (DOJ), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS), and other state regulators, including state attorneys general. He is focused on the compliance issues surrounding government-insured mortgages and other credit products, and works with his clients to conduct compliance and consumer protection reviews to mitigate risk.
Mr. Williams has extensive experience assisting clients in matters involving complex electronic discovery issues, such as large-scale document collection, developing effective document retention policies, and utilizing cutting-edge technology (including artificial intelligence) to reduce review and production costs.
His notable work includes:
- Representing clients in numerous CFPB investigations related to sales practices, overdraft protection products, fair lending, buy-now-pay later products, and debt collection
- Defending some of the nation’s largest mortgage originators and servicers against litigation brought under the False Claims Act (FCA)
- Representing one of the largest banks in the United States in multiple investigations brought by the DOJ and Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Inspector General (HUD-OIG) regarding lender-placed insurance, FCA liability, and down-payment assistance programs
- Represented Universal Entertainment Corp., a large Japanese gaming manufacturer, and its subsidiary, Aruze USA, Inc., in FCPA-related litigation brought by Wynn Resorts Ltd., as well as in related parallel matters. The case involved one of the first examples of a private party using allegations of FCPA violations as an affirmative weapon to gain an upper hand in an unrelated contract dispute. After six years of litigation – during which the parties produced millions of documents, argued more than a dozen appeals and scores of motions, and took nearly 100 depositions – Wynn Resorts agreed to pay $2.6 billion to our clients just a month before trial
- Assisting a variety of institutions across the breadth of their investigations needs, from internal investigations to large-scale government investigations
Mr. Williams has an active pro bono practice and has represented clients before the U.S. Parole Commission and has handled multiple matters with the Washington Lawyers’ Committee. He is a founding board member of Greater D.C. Diaper Bank, a local nonprofit, and coaches Capitol Hill Little League baseball teams.
Prior to joining Buckley, Mr. Williams was a litigation associate at Venable LLP, where he represented clients in complex commercial litigation and arbitration.
Mr. Williams received his J.D. from the American University, Washington College of Law (summa cum laude, Order of the Coif) in 2007. During law school, he served as a clerk in the Office of the Public Defender in Montgomery County, Maryland and served as an Articles Editor for the American University Law Review. Mr. Williams received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University (magna cum laude) in 2004.
WASHINGTON, DC (Feb. 8, 2022) – Buckley LLP announced that it promoted Ali Abugheida, Bradley Marcus, Ryan Pollard, Sherry-Maria Safchuk, Scott Sakiyama, and Jay Williams to partner from counsel. “These six lawyers, from four of our offices, have consistently provided outstanding service and...Press Releases
"BankThink: Has CFPB gained an upper hand in enforcement cases?" by Amanda R. Lawrence and John B. Williams III (American Banker)
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in late February issued a procedural rule with little fanfare or press that nonetheless may mark a significant strategic shift in how the agency pursues enforcement — and give it more latitude in tackling what appears to be an increasingly crowded...Articles
"Wearables present new realm of legal risks for teams" by Elizabeth E. McGinn and John B. Williams, III (Sports Business Journal)
Reaching peak athletic performance is an increasingly scientific and quantitative pursuit, and professional sports franchises, which have tremendous financial and emotional motivation to be the best, are at the forefront in gathering as much data about their assets as possible. FitBits, Apple...Articles
"FTC v. D-Link Systems and the internet of things" by Elizabeth E. McGinn, and John B. Williams (Westlaw)
As businesses expand the availability of internet-connected devices, Buckley Sandler LLP attorneys Elizabeth McGinn, John Williams and Christopher Walczyszyn address the Federal Trade Commission’s role in regulating and enforcing “internet of things” device security to protect consumers’ data...Articles
“Social media in the current enforcement landscape,” by Elizabeth E. McGinn, John B. Williams, and Timothy Coley (Banking Exchange)
Perhaps no aspect of the internet has grown so broadly in the past decade as social media. From its infancy at sites like MySpace, Friendster, and “TheFacebook” (originally open only to students at select colleges), to the current industry leaders of Facebook (now open to all, and touting more than...Articles
On December 1, 2015, proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) (which were last amended in 2006) became effective, as they were not rejected or modified by congressional legislation. The now effective amendments take into account not only the more “exotic” sources of...Articles
Awards & Recognitions
- Super Lawyers 2021 Rising Star: Banking, Consumer Law, E-Discovery
- Super Lawyers 2020 Rising Star: Banking, Consumer Law, E-Discovery
- Super Lawyers 2019 Rising Star: Banking, Consumer Law, E-Discovery
- Super Lawyers 2018 Rising Star: Banking, Consumer Law, E-Discovery
- Buckley 2017 Distinguished Lawyer Award for Exemplary Pro Bono Service
- Super Lawyers 2017 Rising Star: Banking, Consumer Law, E-Discovery
- Super Lawyers 2016 Rising Star: Banking, Consumer Law, E-Discovery
- Super Lawyers 2015 Rising Star: Banking
- Super Lawyers 2014 Rising Star: Banking
- J.D., American University, 2007 (summa cum laude, Order of the Coif)
- B.A., Vanderbilt University, 2004
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan