Avery K. Williams

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Avery Williams is a founding member and the managing partner of Detroit-based Williams Acosta, PLLC a diverse business law firm. Mr. Williams is a 1979 magna cum laude graduate of Michigan State University and a 1982 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.

Mr. Williams concentrates his practice in commercial and general business litigation, environmental law and litigation, and eminent domain law. A nationally recognized expert, Avery Williams has established himself as one of the country’s top litigators in the area of eminent domain. He has successfully represented the City of Detroit, the Detroit/Wayne County Stadium Authority and several large national corporations in various eminent domain-related cases.

Mr. Williams has provided condemnation and land acquisition expertise on some of the capital improvements projects to public infrastructure to increase the City of Detroit’s economic growth and redevelopment. The dual stadia project – Comerica Park and Ford Field; Detroit Riverwalk a 1.35-mile greenway, features a 20-foot-wide paved pathway, which includes separate lanes for pedestrian and bicycle traffic; and the Waterfront Reclamation and Casino Development Project, which brought casinos to Detroit, are just a few of the major projects he has represented the City as lead counsel.

Mr. Williams has taken his expertise to the neighborhoods in community growth and development. The NDC implemented a residential project on the southeast side of Detroit commonly known as Jefferson Village. He provided NDC with the experience and expertise necessary in land acquisition, real estate law and environmental consultation to bring this community redevelopment vision to fruition. This project would include acquiring 40 acres of property, relocating residents, demolition, site preparation and rehabilitation of public infrastructure. Also, the revival of Brush Park which is a small but historically significant community would become a vibrant active neighborhood again due to Mr. Williams’ expertise. These neighborhoods are sprouting newly developed homes and undergoing restorations of historic Gilded Age Victorian style homes and luring new residents.

Mr. Williams has been lead counsel in the representation of the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department (DWSD) and at the forefront of the department’s efforts, successes and accomplishments in the environmental arena involving the reduction of water pollution in Southeastern Michigan. He has also actively participated in rewriting the Department’s pretreatment program and the City’s Wastewater Discharge Ordinance (No. 34-96). The pretreatment program is now functioning from positions of strength and direction rather than reaction and stagnation. Mr. Williams’ practice has involved unique experience under the Federal Clean Water Act, CERCLA, MERA and the Michigan Uniform Condemnation Procedures Act.

Mr. Williams has also represented various municipalities, including the City of Detroit, the City of Pontiac, and the City of Inkster, on various condemnation, litigation, environmental and brownfields matters in an effort to reduce water pollution and improve the environment in southeast Michigan. On an ongoing basis, he provides advice on a variety of critical environmental issues facing DWSD, under the Clean Water Act and other laws, including exempting the City Airport and other facilities within the City from the new stormwater regulations. These issues involve potentially multi-million dollar savings to the City.

Mr. Williams represents MGM Grand Detroit, LLC on certain commercial and personal injury defense matters. He has also served as litigation counsel to PNC Bank, NA on certain real estate and business litigation matters. Mr. Williams has represented the Detroit Towers Condominium Association, Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Comerica Bank, Columbia Housing, Detroit Chasis, LLC as well as a diverse group of private and public companies on general business litigation matters.

Mr. Williams also advises other clients on environmental issues, including ITC Holdings, Corp., Mercer Forge Corporation, Chemical Waste Management, Waste Management of Michigan, Inc., the McKinley Foundation, Macedonia Baptist Church, and Gelman Sciences, Inc. He has also represented UNENCO, the nation’s largest manufacturer of energy conservation equipment.

Mr. Williams is also a frequent author and speaker on development, eminent domain, business law and litigation matters.


  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Wolverine Bar Association
  • Charter member, Past President, Former Director and Secretary of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association
  • Former Executive Board Member and Treasurer of the Michigan Black Law Alumni Society
  • Fellow of the State Bar of Michigan
  • Secretary and Board Member of Coalition on Temporary Shelter (C.O.T.S.)
  • President and Board Member of Water Access Volunteer Effort (W.A.V.E.)



  • All Michigan Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit



  • “Joint Venturing, Setting Goals First” Michigan Hospitals (June, 1985)
  • “The Law of Medical Practice in Michigan” Health Administration Press (1981—contributor)