Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Russell J. Williams represents clients throughout Broward, Dade and Palm Beach counties as well as other counties in the State of Florida. I have more than 30 years experience with all aspects of State and Federal criminal offenses.
With expansive knowledge of the local and Federal legal systems, Mr. Williams works thoroughly and diligently to achieve his goal of providing the best possible criminal defense for his clients, attempting everything legally and technically possible to defend his clients.
Mr. Williams’ practice is devoted almost exclusively to criminal defense, concentrating on litigation in Florida State Courts as well as Federal Courts throughout the United States. Throughout his legal career, Mr. Williams has tried over 250 cases and has achieved an exceptional success record. He has victoriously argued countless numbers of criminal motions including suppression issues, and has successfully defended his clients at the appellate level when necessary. Mr. Williams has earned the respect of prosecutors as well as the judiciary for his professionalism and preparedness which sets him aside from all other lawyers.
As an experienced trial lawyer, Mr. Williams is qualified in defending a variety of crimes from misdemeanors such as traffic violations and DUI’s to felonies as serious as first degree murder. One of Mr. Williams’ most interesting cases occurred when he vigorously defended his client charged with several counts of vehicular homicide and manslaughter, stemming from an alleged drag race. His client was charged with the deaths of several innocent people. The driver of the other car perished in the accident as well. This was the first time in Broward County , as well as in the State of Florida , where the State attempted to prosecute an individual, allegedly involved in a drag race, based upon a principal theory. This case was highly publicized, and Mr. Williams received additional notoriety when the jury returned verdicts of not guilty.
Mr. Williams has also been a presenter of criminal law, having taught the legal aspects of criminal procedure to Florida probation and parole officers through the Florida Department of Corrections. Mr. Williams received high praise from the students who cited his substantial knowledge and expertise in the field of criminal law and criminal procedure.
A native of Staten Island New York, Russell graduated from The State University of New York at Stonybrook. Mr. Williams relocated to South Florida in 1984 where he attended The Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University from which he graduated in 1987. During his last semester in Law School, Mr. Williams worked as an intern for the Broward County State Attorney’s Office. It was at that time that he discovered his love of criminal law, however, not as a prosecutor, but as a defense lawyer.
Upon graduating in 1987, he went to work for a private practitioner where he learned to fine tune his legal skills doing research, writing memoranda, arguing motions and trying cases. In 1990, Mr. Williams became a partner in the Law Firm Roderman and Williams, where he stayed for five years before fully venturing out on his own in 1995.
Since then, Mr. Williams has successfully defended hundreds of clients, tirelessly preserving and defending their constitutional rights. Mr. Williams always remembers that all people are innocent until proven guilty.
- President, Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2008 – present
- President of Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2008-2010
- Vice President, Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2006-08
- Member, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- 1987; admitted to Florida State Bar
- 1991; admitted to United States Supreme Court
- 1993; admitted to United States District Court for the South District of Florida
- 1993; admitted to United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- 1996; admitted to United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit