Practice Areas

Police Misconduct

Police misconduct includes police brutality and assault, false arrest, malicious prosecution, and illegal search and seizures.  If you have been the victim of police mistreatment, you may be able to recover compensatory damages, damages for emotional distress, and potentially substantial punitive damages depending on the actions of the police.  You have the right to file a lawsuit to prevent others from suffering similar abuse and mistreatment.

Please view this page to read a more detailed discussion of police misconduct issues and to learn how we can help victims of police mistreatment.

Criminal Defense

John R. Williams and Associates, LLC has defended high-profile and controversial criminal defendants for over 40 years.  Our firm was established in 1971 following Mr. Williams’ successful defense of Black Panther Party members.  We have also defended clients such as the Lorne Acquin mass murder cases in Prospect, Connecticut, the largest mass murder in Connecticut history, and members of the Black Liberation Army and Los Macheteros.

We represent clients in misdemeanor and felony matters, including the following:

  • Homicide
  • Kidnapping
  • Sexual Assault/Rape
  • Child Molestation
  • Drug Charges
  • Domestic Violence
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Burglary
  • Theft
  • White Collar Crime

We also have expertise in cases involving “false confession syndrome,” where innocent people will confess to crimes they did not commit.  Mr. Williams was the first criminal defense attorney in the United States to win an acquittal in a criminal case on the ground that the ingestion of Prozac caused the criminal behavior.  We represent clients in difficult and challenging criminal defense matters in both state and federal courts, at both the trial level and on appeal.

Employment Law and Discrimination

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prescribes it is “an unlawful employment practice for an employer to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” Additionally, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 protect against discrimination based on age and disability, respectively.  Connecticut Law reinforces these prohibitions and prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The attorneys at John R. Williams and Associates have extensive experience fighting for employees whose civil rights have been violated, including government workers whose First Amendment rights have been violated.  Employment law cases are often complex and require extensive time and research to litigate.  We have the experience to lead your case through the pre-trial, trial, and appeals process and have successfully litigated cases throughout Connecticut’s state and federal courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

General Litigation

In addition to our practice in specific areas of law, we also assist clients in general litigation matters of all types, including matters such as personal injury, medical and health insurance complaints, intentional infliction of emotional distress, vexatious litigation, gay and lesbian equal rights, and cases pursuant to Title IX of the Civil Rights Act.  We also encourage our clients to utilize alternative dispute (ADR) techniques where applicable, to minimize the expense and time in resolving a dispute or legal matter.

If you feel that you are the victim of a civil rights violation, either as a result of police misconduct or employment discrimination, or if you have been accused of a crime, John R. Williams and Associates can help.  We are tireless advocates for victims of injustice, no matter how controversial or challenging your case may be.  Contact us today for an initial consultation to learn how we can protect your rights.

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