Civil District Court Judge, Div. B - Marie Williams


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Length of residence in jurisdiction 46 years
Profession Attorney
Present employer / position (if self-employed, what type of business) Self Employed (Civil, Criminal and Family Law, Personal Injury, Successions, Criminal Law, Labor Law, Juvenile Law, Traffic, Municipal and Misc. Cases))
List of post-secondary institutions attended and degrees obtained

The National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada, 2005, Administrative Law
Loyola School of Law in New Orleans, JD, 1996
Xavier University of Louisiana of Louisiana, BA, 1993
Dillard University, Concurrent enrollment, 1988-1989
McDonogh 35 Senior High School, 1989

Civic involvement and affiliations (list up to 5)

-New Orleans Bar Association (appointed Family Court Committee)
-The League of Women's Voters
-Mom Demand Action, against gun violence
-National Foundation for Abused and Neglected Children
-Unity for the Homeless Advocacy and Housing Steering Committee

Prior elected and appointed positions

-Administrative Law Judge, State of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA
-Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee, 2008-2012, re-elected 2012-2016
-Louisiana Disciplinary Board, Board and Hearing Committee Member, served 2005-2010

As an attorney what is your civil court trial experience? How many civil court jury trials have you handled? What is your record for settlements?

I have done bench and jury experience in civil, criminal and traffic court my entire career. I have handled over a dozen jury trials. I was involved in a three week jury trial where we received the largest personal injury judgment in civil district court, $90 million dollars. I was the only female attorney for the plaintiffs with about 12 men. There were three fatalities I the car accident. I have also handled myriad personal injury cases my record for settlement is 100% and 90% to the monetary personal injury amount I did not negotiate but got more or what I wanted to settle for. I have also won cases argued in appellate court.

What personal experience do you have that qualifies you to be a civil district court judge?

For 21 year I have handled Civil bench and jury trials, Criminal, Fair Housing and Civil Rights Cases (Family Law, Personal Injury, Successions, Criminal Law, Labor Law, Juvenile Law, Traffic, Municipal and Misc.. I have dedicated my practice representing underrepresented individuals as a pro bono and legal aid attorney representing over hundred of domestic clients and author in the pro bono desk manual. My APPLICABLE TRAINING and JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE as an Administrative Law Judge, State of Louisiana, my legal experience with The Brigand Law Firm, LLC (Westbank)-trial attorney, appellate, federal, civil, criminal, successions, landlord/tenant and traffic court cases, The Pro Bono Project, represented children, disabled, elderly, homeless and indigent families, Staff Attorney, Law Offices of Daniel E. Becnel, Jr., Mass Tort Litigation, Attorney, Law Office of Marc H. Morial-ALERT Fair Housing and Service Employees I have been a community activist for more than 28 years.

I have mass tort experience in the area of complex litigation with the Law Firm of Daniel E. Becnel & Associates. In 1996-1999, I worked on consumer rights cases that forced entire industries, such as the Tobacco and Breast Implant manufacturers, to correct the way they conducted business. Thereafter, I turned toward public service, as a legal aid attorney doing public service work for low-income persons, disabled persons, and homeless individuals, fair housing, civil rights and Service Employees International Union Local 100 work. I conducted many jury trials in Orleans and Jefferson Parish. In 2010, i was honored by the CityBusiness Leadership in Law for her legal professionalism and community service. I am a mother of two children, a 15 year old daughter who attends De La Salle High School and a 10 year old son who attend St. Rita Catholic School. I have been a public speaker at many college, high school and elementary school events. She was also a UNO professor at the paralegal school where she taught successions preparing paralegals for their exams. I have has many awards and certificates for her service to the community. I have also volunteered and served on many Board and given legal assistance to Juvenile Teen Court, the homeless, domestic violence, children rights, indigent civil and criminal defendants. The seat will initially be a family court seat, I have represented hundreds of people in domestic court and I have personal experience where I understand the complexity of child custody, child support, visitation, handling the stress of a divorce, putting the interest of the children first and focusing on the needs of the family.

How many years have you had an active law practice?

21 years of active law practice.