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Francis D. McWilliams IV




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Francis is a native Houstonian with proven courtroom experience in both civil and criminal courts. Francis routinely represents general contractors, subcontractors, manufacturers, developers, insurance companies, owners and individuals in complex litigation, insurance defense and worksite accidents. Known for his “straight talk” communication style, Francis is a strategic legal advisor to his clients that prioritizes their business objectives.

Francis has drafted and successfully argued countless motions and taken numerous depositions. He has also obtained successful trial verdicts for his clients, both as a first chair and second chair attorney.

Prior to joining West Mermis, Francis served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Harris County District Attorneys’ Office. During his tenure, he tried twenty-seven felony and misdemeanor cases. His case docket focused on construction litigation, with a significant portion of his cases concerning business litigation and personal injury defense.

Francis is the President of the Houston Bar Association Construction Law Section. He is a frequent author on pressing issues impacting the legal community. Francis is actively involved in the Washington & Lee alumni association.

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