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2009 Press Releases


(504) 310-2590

 OCTOBER 20, 2009


Attorney James M. Williams has been appointed, by order of the Louisiana Supreme Court, as judge pro tempore of Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Section “J,” according to Justice Bernette J. Johnson.

Williams will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Nadine M. Ramsey and will serve from October 12, 2009 through March 30, 2010, or until the vacancy is filled by election, whichever comes sooner.

Williams received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University in 1995 and his juris doctor degree from Washington & Lee University School of Law in 1998. While a law student, Williams was Editor in Chief of the Journal for Civil Rights and Social Justice and was selected as a Burk’s Scholar for academic excellence and aptitude for advocacy. Additionally, he worked with United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to publish a scholarly article entitled “Civility.” Following law school, Williams served as a law clerk for Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Bernette J. Johnson from 1998-1999.

Currently he is a partner in the law firm Gauthier, Houghtaling & Williams, practicing in the area of civil litigation with a concentration on catastrophic personal injury and business litigation. While practicing law, Williams has served as an Adjunct Professor at Tulane University teaching the Legal Aspects of Sports and as President of the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. He now serves on the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce and the New Orleans Bar Association.

Williams has been recognized for “Leadership in Law” by New Orleans City Business in 2008 and 2009 and has been inducted in the publication’s Hall of Fame for being honored consecutively. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum has recognized Williams as one of the “Top Trial Lawyers in America.”

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