• Ann Arbor
    201 S. Division Street
    Suite 400
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104
    T 734-761-3780
  • Detroit
    1901 St. Antoine Street
    6th Floor at Ford Field
    Detroit, MI 48226
    T 313-259-7777
  • Grand Rapids
    99 Monroe Avenue NW
    Suite 300
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    T 616-205-4330
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    201 W. Big Beaver Road
    Suite 500
    Troy, MI 48084
    T 248-743-6000
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Sarah J. Williams

Member,Ann Arbor

T 734-930-2485F 734-930-2494734-930-2485

  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
  • University of Michigan, B.A.
  • Michigan

Sarah J. Williams serves as corporate counsel to a variety of businesses in matters involving mergers, acquisitions, corporate governance, commercial contracts, corporate finance, and debt and equity financing (private equity, venture capital, and angel investments). She frequently works with technology-based startup businesses in the vibrant Detroit and Ann Arbor markets and with businesses in the aviation services industry. 

Sarah represents private equity investors, venture capital firms and high net worth individuals that invest in high-growth companies. Her general corporate expertise includes handling business formation (corporation, limited liability company, and partnership) and representation of emerging and other companies from inception through transactions involving intellectual property, venture capital financing, and ultimate sale. Sarah is part of a Bodman team that has represented a significant number of the start-up and spin-off companies that have recently licensed technology from the University of Michigan.

Sarah has advised both buyers and sellers in merger and acquisition transactions ranging from less than $10 million to over $100 million involving businesses in the technology, health care, professional services, software development, foundry, and general manufacturing industries, among others. She also advises private and public companies regarding federal and state securities law matters and has represented clients in securities offerings, preparation of proxy statements, periodic reports, and ownership reports.

She serves as outside general counsel to a major aviation services company that offers aircraft management, maintenance, avionics, and FBO services. As general counsel, she drafts and negotiates all commercial contracts, charter agreements, and management agreements, and is responsible for regulatory compliance matters and complex corporate transactions.

Sarah also practices municipal law and served eight years as township attorney for Ann Arbor Township, Michigan.

As part of her diversified business practice, Sarah advises corporate clients that operate commercial vessels on Jones Act and other general maritime law compliance matters. She also negotiates and documents transactions involving vessel charters, contracts of carriage, and vessel acquisitions and divestitures.  

Sarah is active in the management of the firm, chairing the Associate Evaluation and Compensation Committee and serving on the Executive Committee, which guides the firm’s business strategy and day to day operations, as well as serving on the DE&I Committee and the Alumni Committee.

Honors, Awards, and Recognition
  • DBusiness Magazine “Top Lawyers” 2020-2024, Corporate Law, M&A Law, Municipal Law
  • Michigan Rising Stars 2014, Business Law
Civic, Cultural and Community Activities
  • The Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan, past Member, Board of Directors and past Chair of the Governance Committee
Professional Affiliations
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Business Law Section, Member of Programming Directorship
Speaking Engagements
  • Moderator, “Business Boot Camp I: Basic Training for Every Business Lawyer,” ICLE, January, 2024
  • Moderator, “Business Boot Camp I: Basic Training for Every Business Lawyer,” ICLE, November, 2023
  • Moderator, “Business Law Institute, 33rd Annual,” ICLE, October 2022


Practices & Industries Education
  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
  • University of Michigan, B.A.
  • Michigan