Paul Williams, of counsel in Bryan Cave's New York office, was honored by Sen. Hillary Clinton at her Fifth Annual African-American Heritage Celebration, Sunday last month at the Harlem Children's Zone. The event paid tribute to distinguished members of the community and honored African-American culture and achievement in New York.
"I am very honored by this recognition," Mr. Williams said. "Through Hillary Clinton's work with community-based organizations in New York, the African-American community is becoming stronger every day. I hope that I can continue to contribute to that empowerment."
Mr. Williams is a trial attorney whose practice focuses on litigation, dispute resolution and government relations counseling. Among his numerous civic and community activities, He is a member of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Appointments Committee and The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. He is also president of One Hundred Black Men, Inc., a leading African-American civic and charitable organization in metro New York. Mr. Williams served previously as a gubernatorial appointee to the Governor's Task Force on Diversity in the Judiciary and worked as a former counsel to the New York State Assembly Banking Committee, among a long list of civic involvements.
Williams earned recognition in 2002 as the Haywood Burns Lawyer of the Year from the Metropolitan Black Bar Association of New York, an honor that goes to one individual from the African-American community whose career exemplifies an outstanding commitment to justice and equality. In 2003, he was recognized by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the top black lawyers in the United States.