Linda Grant Williams '74


Partner, Dewey Ballantine, LLP

Linda Grant Williams is a partner of Dewey Ballantine LLP resident in the New York office. Her practice is concentrated in the area of secured lending and project finance, with emphasis on matters involving international and domestic banks and pension funds.

Ms. Williams has 18 years of experience in representing financial institutions and other capital providers, including government pension funds, as unsecured lenders and as construction and permanent lenders on hotel, office complex, shopping center, single and multi-family housing projects, as well as cogeneration, hydro projects and oil refineries. In recent years, Ms. Williams has also represented financial institutions in intercreditor disputes and corporate and real property secured debt restructurings. Her practice includes representing banks as issuers of letters of credit to support the issuance of public bonds, certificates of participation, commercial paper and medium-term notes. In the last four years, her practice has focused on the construction and permanent financing of sports arenas, employing both traditional and non-traditional project financing techniques.

In fact, Ms. Williams was recently recognized for financial and legal innovation by the highly respected Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal. Her pioneering efforts in arena financing, through the technique of asset securitization, are legendary in the industry.

A graduate of the University of Arizona, Ms. Williams received her B.A., with distinction, in 1974. She also received her J.D., cum laude, from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where she was a member of the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review.

Ms. Williams is an active member of the New York City Bar Association where she serves as a member of the Committee on Women in the Profession. She is admitted to practice in the States of California and New York.