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Ed Williams

Ed Williams assists clients with complex matters, including litigation, external or internal investigations, and strategic communications. His litigation practice focuses on litigation before appellate courts, including the US Supreme Court, and representing companies in government regulatory matters. His investigations practice has included matters ranging from internal problem-solving reviews to investigations in response to local, state or federal government agency action.

Mr. Williams’s recent matters include defending a municipal water agency in class action litigation, reviewing and providing recommendations to a local police department for the purpose of improving that locality’s policing practices, reviewing and providing recommendations regarding the diversity and inclusion practices for a financial services company, representing a government agency in litigation before the United States Supreme Court, and assisting a corporate client with responding to federal law enforcement subpoenas.

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 has successfully represented a client before the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on appeal of the client’s unlawful removal by the Board of Immigration Appeals; successfully represented a wrongfully convicted client in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals; served as co-counsel in Seth, et al. v. McDonough, a class action to improve conditions at the Prince George’s County Detention Center in light of the COVID-19 pandemic; represented a client on habeas appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; represented a Virginia school board in litigation defending its decision to terminate a teacher for discriminating against a transgender student; and drafted amici in a variety of cases, including in support of the petition for certiorari before the US Supreme Court in Buck v. Davis, against the Trump Administration’s anti-sanctuary city order before the Ninth Circuit in City and County of San Francisco v. Trump; and in support of veterans’ preference for government contracts with the US Department of Veterans Affairs before the Federal Circuit in PDS Consultants, Inc. v. United States. 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

Professional Activities

Mr. Williams is an adjunct professor at Howard University School of Law and a supervising attorney for the Howard University Civil Rights Clinic. 

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Credentials

  • Education

    • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 2014

      magna cum laude

      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, Howard University, 2009

      cum laude

      International Business and Finance
  • 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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