Ian R. Williams

Williams Ian

Ian Williams advises clients on the legal issues impacting the development and deployment of autonomous vehicles (AVs), connectivity and spectrum use, electrification, and privacy and cybersecurity issues related to emerging transportation technologies. Ian counsels clients on compliance with federal and state transportation laws and regulations for both novel and traditional vehicles, and represents client interests before the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Prior to joining Venable, Ian served as the inaugural Fellow for the University of Michigan Law School's Law and Mobility Program and as an instructor and co-instructor for courses focused on legal and policy issues relating to AVs.

Related Practices




  • B.A. Political Science with high distinction University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 2012
  • J.D. University of Michigan Law School 2018
    • Irving Stenn Jr. Award
    • Student attorney, Veteran’s Legal Clinic
    • Editor-in-chief, Michigan Telecommunication and Technology Law Review
    • Legal intern, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
    • Law and policy intern, Center for Democracy and Technology

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Fellow, Internet Law & Policy Foundry
  • Member, Standing Committee on Emerging Technology Group, Transportation Research Board
  • Board member, Washington, DC Lawyer Chapter, American Constitution Society


  • Legal 500, Transport - Rail and Road: Litigation and Regulation