M. Courtney Williams


150 South Perry Street (36104)
Post Office Box 2069 (36102)
Montgomery, Alabama

p: (334) 241-8054

f: (334) 241-8254

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LL.M., Taxation, New York University, 1999

J.D., summa cum laude, The University of Alabama School of Law, 1997

B.S.B.A., Accounting, cum laude, Auburn University, 1994

Bar Admissions:

Alabama, 1997

Judicial Clerkship

Law Clerk to the Honorable Alex T. Howard, United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama

Honors and Awards

The Best Lawyers in America - Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law

Best Lawyers - Montgomery Tax Litigation & Controversy Lawyer of the Year, 2012, 2016, 2018

Best Lawyers - Montgomery Tax Law Lawyer of the Year, 2017

Dean M. Leigh Harrison Award

Order of the Coif

Hugo L. Black Scholar

Bench and Bar Honor Society

Courtney Williams is currently serving as the Managing Director of the firm. His law practice involves advising companies on all aspects of their business, including employee benefits, mergers and acquisitions, securities, and federal, state, and local tax matters.

In connection with his employee benefits practice, he regularly represents clients in connection with the formation, operation, and termination of employee benefit plans. In addition to the design and drafting of these plans, Courtney handles compliance matters involving the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

Courtney’s federal, state, and local tax practice includes representing clients with respect to federal, state, and local tax disputes.  Courtney also advises clients with respect to planning, formation, operation, and termination of companies, including mergers and acquisitions and tax and securities issues. Courtney has experience in drafting purchase agreements, private placement memorandums, limited liability company operating agreements, and corporate buy-sell agreements. He has utilized these and other agreements to accomplish his clients’ business objectives while minimizing the tax consequences.

In addition to representing business clients with respect to state and local tax matters, Courtney has represented the Alabama Legislature in connection with certain Alabama tax legislation. As such, he advised the Legislature and participated in the drafting and amending of legislation.

Courtney is a native of Lanett, Alabama.

Publications and Lectures

Alabama's Master Guide to State Taxation, Tax Analysts' State Tax OneDisc (2001)

Memberships, Affiliations, and Activities

Graduate Editor, Tax Law Review (New York University)

Senior Editor, Alabama Law Review

Alabama State Bar

American Bar Association

Montgomery Estate Planning Council

Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, Committee of 100

Board of Trustees, The Montgomery Academy

Chairman, Alabama State Bar, Tax Section (2007-2008)

Board of Directors, Alabama Federal Tax Clinic, Inc. (2005-2013)

Board of Trustees, Montgomery City-County Public Library (2010-2018)

Board of Directors, Dexter Avenue King Memorial Foundation, Inc. (2001- 2008)