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David J. Williams

David J. Williams, Burlington VT Attorney

Mr. Williams has practiced law since 1985. In his first position at the New York Legal Society’s criminal appeals bureau, he successfully litigated a landmark double jeopardy issue, winning his client’s freedom after the New York Court of Appeals reversed the decisions of two lower state courts. Moving to Vermont in 1988, Mr. Williams worked at the Officer of the Defender General with a focus on drug cases in the state’s trial and appellate courts before entering private practice in St. Johnsbury in 1991.

Since that time, Mr. Williams has practiced in Vermont’s state and federal courts and now concentrates in criminal defense and civil litigation. In the early 1990’s, Mr. Williams persuaded the Vermont Supreme Court to expand the protection the state’s constitution provides to citizens aggrieved by warrantless police searches of their automobiles and their property. In 2000, a federal appeals court vacated an $8.7 million judgment against his client and dismissed the case after Mr. Williams discovered that the federal courts had no jurisdiction to consider the claim. In 2006, the United States Supreme Court affirmed his client’s right to wear a T-shirt to school that was critical of then President Bush.

Mr. Williams is a graduate of Marquette University (B.A., 1974), the University of New Hampshire (Ph.D., 1981) and Cornell University (J.D., 1984). He joined Paul Jarvis and Brooks McArthur in June of 2011, and looks forward to continuing his work on behalf of people who need a vigorous advocate to protect their rights.

Bar Memberships

  • State of Vermont
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Second Circuit
  • United States District Court For the District of Vermont
  • Appellate Division, Third Department, New York

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