Attorney Marie Williams 51 is a candidate for the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal at Large which includes Orleans, Saint Bernard and Plaquemine Parish. Marie Williams has been practicing law for 26 years and working in the community with the elderly, homeless, children, domestic violence victims and indigent for more than 30 years. Marie’s family is from Plaquemine Parish. Marie attended public schools and did a dual program while a senior at McDonald 35 High School, Marie attended college at Dillard University. Marie has two wonderful kids, a daughter who attended Ursuline Academy, graduated from DeLa Salle High School and attends UNO University and a son who attended St. Rita Academy and currently DeLa Salle High School. Marie has two supportive parents who stressed education in the home and six successful college educated brothers. Marie graduated from law school at age 24 and is the only lawyer in her family. Het parents always instilled in her to get an education, help the less fortunate, work hard, respect others and yourself.
Marie was appointed by former Governor Mike Foster as a Administrative Law Judge. Marie is a graduate of The National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, Loyola School of Law, Xavier University and McDonogh 35 High School. Marie’s legal career began in the area of criminal law with an organization like the innocence project, then she worked in complex litigation with the Law Firm of Daniel E. Becnel & Associates. Marie 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, she turned her eye toward public service, as a legal aid and Pro Bono attorney doing public service work for low-income, disabled, homeless individuals, elderly, fair housing, successions, juvenile, Service Employees International Union and Local 100 labor work. Marie is a former board member of the League of Women Voters, and other organizations. From 2005-2010, she served as a Louisiana Disciplinary Hearing Committee Board member. Marie Williams worked as a partner with the Brigandi Law Firm where they handled personal injury, domestic, traffic, municipal, various civil and criminal cases. Marie conducted many bench and jury trials and with million dollar judgments in Civil District Court.
In 2010, Marie was honored, along with Leon Cannizzaro, Jim Letten, Federal Judge Lemelle and other city judges and attorneys, by the CityBusiness Leadership in Law for her legal professionalism and community service. She has been a public speaker at many colleges and government institutions, juvenile mentor where they stopped committing crimes and are graduating from high school and a worker at elementary school events. She was also a UNO professor at the paralegal school where she taught successions preparing paralegals for their exams. Marie has received many awards and certificates for her service to the community. She has also volunteered and served on many Boards and given her time as a volunteer Judge to social organizations like Juvenile Teen Court, gave free legal advice to homeless men to get jobs snd homeless women leaving abusive relationships, children and indigent criminal defendants. Marie is a woman of integrity who believes in justice for the people.