A native of Tampa, Florida, Jim Williams attended Jesuit High School. He later attended Louisiana State University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Finance in 1973. The highlight of his tenure at LSU was being selected to play on the freshmen basketball team, which gave him the opportunity and honor to practice with “Pistol” Pete Maravich.
Jim continued his studies at LSU, attending law school and graduating in 1977. Jim was hired by the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office under Harry Connick’s administration. As an assistant district attorney, he prosecuted hundreds of jury trials, including winning guilty verdicts in 104 homicide trials.
In 1990, Jim left the District Attorney’s Office and joined the civil law firm of Holloway, McQuaig, Soloman, and Dyer where he practiced insurance defense and plaintiff’s personal injury law. Jim tried a number of civil jury trials, resulting in wins for both his insurance defense and personal injury clients.
In 1992, Jim returned to criminal law by joining the District Attorney’s Office in Jefferson Parish. While there, he tried a number of high profile cases, including the prosecution of Joel Durham in what came to be known as the “McDonald’s murder case”.
In 1997, Jim went into private practice, opening The Law Offices of James A. Williams, L.L.C. He specializes in criminal defense, including trials, appeals, post-conviction relief, and asset forfeiture. Jim has gotten not guilty verdicts in dozens of cases throughout south Louisiana, including 7 not guilty verdicts in homicide cases in Jefferson Parish between 2007 and 2008. Most recently, Jim represented Shelley Dufresne who was acquitted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile of one of her students in a case that garnered the attention of the media nationwide.
Jim’s success in a number of high profile cases has garnered the attention of various local news organizations, including WWL-TV and Fox-8, where he offered legal analyses.
Jim’s love of criminal law and personal injury work, coupled with his dedication and attention to client’s needs and expectations, sets him apart from other attorneys. He understands that many people who come to him are facing the most difficult and daunting situation that they may ever be faced with; and, he believes in providing clients with his true and honest assessment of their case based on his 40+ years of experience and thorough review of the allegations. His professional history and courtroom experience are unparalleled and will no doubt provide peace of mind to his clients.
Areas of Practice
- Criminal Law
- Personal Injury Law
- Louisiana, 1978
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
- U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
- Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 00/1977
- Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- B.S., Bachelor of Science - 00/1973
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Louisiana Bar Association, Member
- American Bar Association, Member
- Assistant District Attorney, Parish of Orleans, 00/1980 to 00/1990