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Ed Williams

Senior Associate

Ed Williams

Ed Williams focuses his practice on litigation before appellate courts, including the US Supreme Court, and representing companies in government regulatory matters. 

Mr. Williams has worked on a variety of complex civil and criminal matters both inside and outside of government, and has experience in every branch of the federal government. Mr. Williams served in the judicial branch as a judicial law clerk to two federal judges—the Honorable Patricia A. Millett, circuit judge on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the Honorable Richard W. Roberts, former chief judge of the US District Court for the District of Columbia. In the executive branch, Mr. Williams drafted briefs to various US courts of appeals as an extern in the US Department of Justice's Civil Appellate Division. In the legislative branch, Mr. Williams assisted with the nomination process of US federal judges and provided analysis on potential legislation as a law clerk on the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary under the chairmanship of Senator Patrick Leahy. Outside of government, Mr. Williams conducted analysis at a Washington DC–based public policy think tank and honed his legal skills at another DC law firm, where he worked on a variety of matters before federal government agencies.

Mr. Williams has a demonstrated commitment to public service and pro bono representation. In private practice, he drafted a successful amicus in support of the petition for certiorari before the US Supreme Court in Buck v. Davis, and successfully represented a wrongfully convicted client in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Prior to graduating from Georgetown Law, Mr. Williams served as a student attorney with the Community Justice Project, where he drafted model "Ban the Box" legislation for the District of Columbia and represented a client in an unemployment benefits dispute before the DC Office of Administrative Hearings. Immediately after completing his undergraduate degree at Howard University, he joined the Teach For America Corps in Atlanta, Georgia, where he served as a third-grade teacher in Atlanta Public Schools.  

Publications & News

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February 5, 2018

Justice Department Issues Memo Limiting Use of Agency Guidance in Affirmative Civil Enforcement Suits

On January 25, Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand issued a memorandum to all components of the Department of Justice with civil litigating authority limiting the use of agency guidance documents in affirmative civil enforcement cases.

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Education

JD, magna cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 2014, Senior Editor, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Order of the Coif, Dean's Achievement Award, Beaudry Cup Recipient, National Champion, Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition

BBA, International Business and Finance, cum laude, Howard University, 2009

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Virginia

Clerkships

The Hon. Patricia A. Millett, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 2016 - 2017

The Hon. Richard W. Roberts, US District Court for the District of Columbia, 2014 - 2015

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