Demi Williams’ practice focuses on sports, media, entertainment, and complex business litigation. A skilled trial attorney, Demi has successfully tried more than 20 cases in state and federal court. She thrives in spaces like the courtroom, where flexibility, poise, and confidence are vital.
Practicing in the Entertainment, Digital, and Sports Group at Jackson Walker, Demi’s matters have involved athlete name, image, and likeness (NIL), athlete eligibility, defamation, copyright infringement, music publishing rights, and more. Prior to joining Jackson Walker, Demi served as a litigator and prosecutor, with experience in complex civil litigation, criminal prosecution, federal government investigations, and school law. Her practice included defending public, private, and charter schools across Texas and continues to include representing individuals and entities in investigations by the Department of Justice and other governmental entities. Relying on a decade of experience, Demi has mastered meeting each client’s nuanced needs through attention to factual and legal detail and effective communication.
Demi honed her trial skills as an assistant district attorney in San Francisco and in pro bono immigration defense matters. Outside of the law, Demi has worked in various capacities within the sports industry, including with collegiate athletic departments and, currently, as a speaker to athletes and coaches.
B.A., summa cum laude, Pepperdine University
- Most Outstanding Psychology Graduate
- Spanish Immersion, Universidad Católica Argentina
J.D., University of California, Berkeley
- Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law, Co-Founder and Opinions Editor
- Prosser Prize for Civil Trial Practice
- American Jurisprudence Award for Clinical Work
- Dean’s Fellow
U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White Inc.), Commercial Litigation, 2024
- Vinson & Elkins Pro Bono Award, 2013
- MCCA Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Fellow, 2009-2012
- Panelist, “NIL’s New Frontier: Legal Ramifications in High School & College Athletics,” Entertainment, Art & Sports Law Section of Dallas Bar Association (August 2023)
- Dallas Bar Association
- J.L. Turner Legal Association
- Dallas Young Lawyers Association
August 23, 2023Speaking Engagements
Shayan Gaziani and Demi Williams Speak on NIL Panel Presented by Dallas Bar Association’s Entertainment, Art & Sports Law Section
The Dallas Bar Association’s Entertainment, Art & Sports Law Section on August 23, 2023, hosted a CLE panel featuring Jackson Walker attorneys Shayan Gaziani and Demi Williams along with Justin Jones (Fee Smith & Sharp), Andrew Rhoden (Masterly Legal Solutions), and Kheana Pollard (Bell Nunnally & Martin).
August 17, 2023Attorney News
‘The Best Lawyers in America’ Honors 287 Jackson Walker Attorneys in 2024 Edition, Including 12 “Lawyers of the Year” and 80 “Ones to Watch”
The Best Lawyers in America has recognized 287 Jackson Walker attorneys across 5 offices and 82 specialty practice areas in its 2024 edition, including 12 Lawyers of the Year and 80 Ones to Watch. In this year’s guide, Jackson Walker saw the largest number of attorneys in the areas of Commercial Litigation (66 attorneys) and Real Estate Law (60 attorneys) and the addition of 35 attorneys as Best Lawyers.
November 17, 2022Newsletters
View Jackson Walker’s November 2022 Diversity & Inclusion Newsletter, Perspectives.
October 25, 2022Client Results
Texas Federal Court Dismisses Doctor’s $100M Defamation Suit Against CNN, Setting Useful Precedent for Cases That Interject Political Debate Into Courthouses
Bob Latham and Demi Williams represented CNN in a defamation lawsuit brought by Dr. Stella Immanuel, who publicly advocated for the use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to treat COVID-19 during a speech in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. In the suit, Dr. Immanuel contended that CNN reported she “is unfit to be a medical doctor, that her medical judgments and advice are unsafe and/or unsound, and that she peddles disinformation, including harmful medical treatments, and therefore, endangers patients.” She sought $100 million in damages.
October 29, 2021Newsletters
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October 5, 2021Newsletters
View Jackson Walker’s October 2021 Diversity & Inclusion Newsletter, Perspectives.
September 27, 2021Attorney News
Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the addition of Demi Williams as a senior counsel in the Dallas office. In her practice, Demi focuses on all facets of complex litigation, including sports, media, and entertainment matters, as well as government investigations.