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E. Danielle Thompson Williams


Atlanta, GA
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An experienced trial and arbitration attorney, Danielle Williams has handled a wide range of business disputes, including patent infringement, securities fraud, and complex contract matters in a number of federal and state courts. Located in Fish’s Atlanta office, Ms. Williams’ practice focuses on patent litigation.

Ms. Williams has extensive experience in handling high-risk, multi-patent, multi-product, multi-defendant cases in a broad range of technologies, in federal courts across the country. She regularly advises clients regarding various pre-suit patent litigation issues including indemnity obligations and declaratory judgment options.

Ms. Williams has authored articles on patent litigation, patent damages, electronic discovery and time management and has presented CLEs on patent litigation, patent damages and electronic discovery.  She also co-authors a blog focused on patent damages:


J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law 1996
Recipient of the Robert Goldberg Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy

Order of the Barristers

M.B.A., Wake Forest University 1996

B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1992
English and Spanish


  • Georgia
  • North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Memberships & Affiliations

Salem Academy & College
• Board of Trustees (May 2016 to present)
• Co-Chair, Women of Purpose Campaign (December 2015 to present)

Georgia Bio, Legal & Regulatory Affairs Committee, co-chair (2014-present)

Georgia Bio Innovation Summit, Program Committee (2015)

Forsyth Country Day School, Board of Trustees 

Brenner Children’s Hospital, Advisory Board Chair

National Association of Women Lawyers, Member

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Board of Visitors

American Red Cross, Northwest North Carolina Chapter, Board of Directors (former)

Athena's Run for GYN Cancers, Board of Directors and Secretary (former)

Center for Women in Business, Salem College, Advisory Board (former)

The Enrichment Center, Board Member (former)

Wake Forest University School of Law, Adjunct Professor and Coach of the National Trial Court Team (2003-2010)

Salem Academy Alumnae Board (former)​​

Other Distinctions


2016 The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property Litigation

2008 Business Leader Magazine’s Women Extraordinaire

2008 Business Leader Magazine’s Movers & Shakers Award

2008 Salem Academy Young Alumna Award

2005 Triad Business Journal’s 40 Under 40

2004 Triad Business Journal’s Women in Business


Williams, Danielle. 2016, “Negotiating, Preserving & Managing Your IP Rights in Your Vendor & Partner Agreements.” Association of Corporate Counsel Georgia Newsletter, Winter.

Williams, Danielle. 2015. “Octane Fitness, Highmark, and VirtualAgility Inc.: Their Impact on Patent Law Practitioners and Clients” Inside the Minds: The Impact of Recent Patent Law Cases and Developments. 2015 ed.

Williams, E. Danielle Thompson. 2014. “When Sleeping Dogs Aren’t Allowed to Lie.” Fish Litigation Blog, August 11.

Williams, E. Danielle Thompson, and Leslie T. Grab. 2010. “TMI: How Much Settlement Information is Too Much Settlement Information?” Contemporary Issues in Patent Royalty Damages, October 13.

Williams, Danielle, and John Pratt. 2009. “Direct Product Sourcing.” Intellectual Property Litigation, June 1.

Williams, E. Danielle Thompson, and Jason Wenker. 2008. “‘Qualcomm’ Ruling Shakes up the Litigation World.” National Law Journal, March 10.

Williams, Danielle, and Carl Sanders. 2008. “How to Take Advantage of Rule 26 to Protect Privileged Information.” Intellectual Property Litigation, Spring.

Williams, Danielle. 2007. “Clarity Still Lacking: Individual’s Personal Liability for Inducement of Infringement.” Intellectual Property Litigation, Winter.

Williams, Danielle, and Steven Gardner. 2006. “Basic Framework for Effective Response to Patent Trolls.” IP Links, April, 3 ed.

Raider, Ron, and Danielle Williams. 2005. “Taking on a Modern Hydra.” National Law Journal, June 25.

Williams, Danielle. 2005. “Work-Family Balance: It Is Achievable.” Atlantic Coast In-House, June 30.

Speaking Engagements

Danielle Williams and James Billmaier, Angel Capital Association Webinar, “How to Develop and Evaluate Patent Strategies of Early-Stage Companies” (January 25, 2017).

Danielle Williams, IADC 2017 Midyear Meeting, “ The Sporting Goods Industry: What Keeps In-House Counsel Up At Night?” (February 21, 2017).

Danielle Williams and Chris Marchese, “Patent Damages Theories” Fish Webinar (December 1, 2016).

Danielle Williams (co-chair), 2016 Southern California Patent Disputes Forum, panel moderator “Supreme Court Update & Cases to Watch”  (October 19, 2016).

Danielle Williams (panel moderator), “Off-Label Promotion: A Crystal Ball Look at Possible Effects of Recent Developments in This Ever-Evolving Area,” Georgia Bio Innovation Summit (September 28, 2016).

Danielle Williams, “Negotiating, Preserving and Managing Your IP Rights,” Atlanta ACC (September 19, 2016).

Danielle Williams (panelist), “Discuss Strategies that Effectively Prepare Your Case for a District Court Trial,” 13th Annual Patent for Financial Services Summit (July 20, 2016).

Danielle Williams (co-chair and moderator), “Presenting Damages at Trial: How to Relate Your Damages Case to the Jury,” Patent Disputes Forum North (April 14, 2016).

Danielle Williams, “The IP Landscape Has Changed: But Has Your Strategy?” The 2nd Annual IP Strategy Summit Atlanta (March 1, 2016).

Danielle Williams, “What the Court is Actually Looking for In An Advocate (and Why It Does Not Need to be the Most Senior Partner,” Transitions: The Profession and the Next Generation – FCBA (January 21, 2016).

Danielle Williams and Chris Marchese, “Patent Damages: The Success and Failure of a Theory,” INSIGHTS Webinar (December 2, 2015).

Danielle Williams, Salem College Women’s Conference 2015 (October 17, 2015)

Danielle Williams and Chris Marchese, “Patent Damages,” INSIGHTS Webinar (September 23 and October 7, 2015).

Danielle Williams and Michael Zoppo, “Gain an Update on Defending Against NPE Lawsuits,” 12th Annual Patents for Financial Services Summit (New York, July 22, 2015).

Danielle Williams, Jeff Joyner, Chris Green, Bill Adams (co-chairs), Patent Disputes Conference (Santa Clara, December 4, 2014).

Danielle Williams, Miku Mehta (Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP), Sanjeet Dutta (Steptoe & Johnson LLP), Dwayne Mason (Greenberg Traurig LLP), and Erik Puknys (Finnegan), “Patent Law Before the Supreme Court in 2014″, Thomson Reuters (Santa Clara, December 4, 2014)


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