Ian R. Williams


Ian Williams advises clients on the legal issues impacting the development and deployment of autonomous vehicles. Prior to joining Venable, Ian served as the inaugural fellow for the University of Michigan Law School’s Law and Mobility Program, where he managed the day-to-day operations of the program, including liaising with transportation law and policy experts, creating blog content, and serving as the managing editor of the Journal of Law and Mobility. He was also an instructor and co-instructor for courses focused on legal and policy issues relating to automated vehicles and organized conferences focused on automated vehicles and the law.




  • 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

  • B.A. Political Science with high distinction University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 2012

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois

Professional Memberships and Activities

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