Audrey Williams heads the anti-piracy litigation department and her practice areas include intellectual property, unfair competition, trademark and copyright litigation, distributorship, licensing and franchising, among others.
After obtaining her licentiate degree in Law and Political Science with honors (Cum Laude) from the Universidad Santa María La Antigua in Panama, she began working at Panamanian law firm Benedetti & Benedetti. She won a Fullbright scholarship and went on to obtain LL.M. with specialization in Commercial Law from the University of California at Berkeley and then rejoined the internationally renowned firm, where she was promoted to partner and headed the anti-piracy litigation department for more than 20 years.
Audrey’s expertise has always been worthy of praise and has prompted her to be continuously recognized as a leader in her field by publications such as Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, WTR 1000, Who’s Who Legal, Managing Intellectual Property and Latin Lawyer.
She is also an active member of several professional organizations, participating in committees and being a frequent speaker, particularly on issues related to IP infringement.
Her memberships include the Panama Bar Association, the Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property Law – APADEPI (Vice President, 2010-2016; Deputy Secretary 2017-2018), the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property – ASIPI (Secretary Ethics committee 2012-2014, Secretary Anti-counterfeiting committee 2009-2011), the Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Industrielie – AIPPI (President of Panamanian group since 2016), and the International Trademark Association – INTA.
Languages: Spanish, English.
Acknowledgments and Awards
Chambers & Partners, IP, Ranked lawyer, Band 1 – since 2009
Chambers & Partners, Latin-America Guide, IP Ranked lawyer – since 2010
Latin Lawyer 250, recommended attorneys – since 2014
The Legal 500, IP, Leading lawyers – since 2014
Who’s Who Legal Central America, Panama, Leading lawyers
World Trademark Review 1000, ranked individuals – Gold band since 2014
When not at the office, you can find Audrey spending time with her family or at the movies.