Michael R. Williams is one of the original founding partners of the firm now known as Finlayson Toffer Roosevelt & Lilly LLP. The focus of Mike’s practice is litigation. Mike personally handles all aspects of litigation for his clients from the initial strategy meeting through trial.


Mike’s specific practice areas include:

  • Defending companies and individuals who had been sued for alleged violations of state and federal fair debt collection practices acts, fair credit reporting acts, the TCPA, and other consumer privacy-related laws.
  • Representing companies and individuals involved in real estate-related cases and other commercial matters.
  • Defending companies and individuals who had been sued in employment-related cases, including sexual harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, discrimination, and wage-and-hour cases.
  • Representing companies and individuals in insolvency-related disputes, including bankruptcy preference cases, fraudulent transfer cases, and bankruptcy claims litigation.

Prior Experience

From June 2014 through June 2018, Mike served as Vice President & Associate General Counsel for the publicly traded homebuilder CalAtlantic Group, Inc. (f/k/a Standard Pacific Corp.). In this role, Mike was responsible for managing all claims and litigation for the company nationwide.

From January 2005 to June 2014, Mike was a partner at the firm now known as Finlayson Toffer Roosevelt & Lilly LLP.

From April 1998 through December 2004, Mike was an Associate Attorney in the Irvine office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. While at Gibson Dunn, Mike’s practice focused primarily on insolvency-related litigation, representing companies in bankruptcy and other corporate reorganization proceedings, representing secured creditors in bankruptcy proceedings, and representing companies in connection with the purchase of assets from bankruptcy estates.

Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Mike was an associate attorney at King & Ballow in Nashville. He joined King & Ballow after having spent one year as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Jon P. McCalla, United States District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee.


Mike graduated summa cum laude from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1996, where he was a member and associate editor of the Pepperdine Law Review. Before attending law school, Mike received his Bachelor of Arts, with high honors, from California State University, Fullerton in 1991.

Memberships & Affiliations

Mike is a member of the California State Bar. He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in California (including bankruptcy courts).

Michael R. Williams



Pepperdine University
School of Law
Juris Doctor
California State
University, Fullerton
1991 Bachelor
of Arts




Phone(949) 759-3810 x35