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January 8, 2020

My Path to Partnership: Blake Williams

To kick off the new year, Nelson Mullins is featuring newly elected partners in a Q&A throughout the month of January. Join us in celebrating the firm’s newest partners by getting to know them.

Blake Williams practices in the areas of appellate law, insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, general business litigation, and consumer financial services litigation. He rejoined the firm in 2015 after leaving in 2013 to clerk with the Honorable R. Bryan Harwell in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. 

1. What has been the biggest hurdle you have overcome in your career?

Learning good time management skills and how to maintain a balanced level of “busy.” In litigation, you are often at the mercy of deadlines that you cannot always control. This can lead to a difficult dance of making sure you have enough to keep you busy while not overextending yourself to where the quality of work suffers.

2. Describe how you feel about your career now that you’ve made partner.

It is very rewarding to see my hard work and dedication pay off. I feel like I am set up very well for future success at Nelson Mullins, and I hope this is one of the first of many major milestones in my career with the firm.

3. What are your key components to being successful in your career?

Hard work, dedication, and willingness to go the extra mile of course, but also cultivating good relationships with coworkers, clients, the Bar, and even opposing counsel. It makes this job much easier when you have these relationships.

4. Who had the greatest influence in your career that helped drive you to partnership?

My dad is also in a demanding profession (CPA), and he led by example. He always managed to work very hard but balance family life at the same time, did things the right way, and took time to help others. Also, when I first thought I might be interested in the law, I met with David Dukes (former Nelson Mullins managing partner) several times. His advice was instrumental in my decision to take the leap of going to law school, and I always hoped I might do well enough to end up working where he worked!

5. What’s the best piece of advice you would give an associate who wants to make partner?

Be willing to jump in and go the extra mile when someone needs a hand. If there is a crisis or problem, dive in head first and do whatever it takes to get the issue resolved. Also, if you are working with someone for the first time, make sure to triple check your work and ensure you make an excellent first impression. Doing a good job on that first project for a partner or senior associate can be the genesis of an entire practice area.



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