One of the founding partners of Williams Cedar, Jerry Williams concentrates on environmental toxic tort cases, whistleblower claims, and civil rights violations, as well as complex personal injury cases. His legal career spans thirty-five years during which time he has practiced law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, where he earned some of the highest honors in the legal community. After graduating from Temple University School of Law in 1982, he was an associate at a Philadelphia law firm before starting his own practice in 1983. He has received the “AV Preeminent” rating, the highest rating given, from legal publisher Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, he has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer each consecutive year since 2006 for environmental litigation.
Mr. Williams has won significant verdicts and settlements for plaintiffs in civil rights and environmental tort cases in many courts, including Merry v. Westinghouse, which established medical monitoring as a remedy under Pennsylvania common law, and Ambrogi v. Gould, the first case to hold medical monitoring available under Pennsylvania’s Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act.
Mr. Williams and two Williams Cedar colleagues, Beth Cole and Christopher Markos, were honored at a reception hosted by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s Prisoner Civil Rights Panel. They were presented certificates of appreciation by the Honorable Judge M. Faith Angell for their service in representing hundreds of prisoners in claims that they were injured as a result of unconstitutional conditions of the Philadelphia Prison System. Judge Angell noted that between 2011 and 2014, the attorneys accepted judicial appointments to represent more than 900 former pro se plaintiffs and resolved the vast majority of the cases, with more than 500 resulting in individual settlements with the city and private medical providers.
Before his legal career, Mr. Williams held positions in the fields of mental health and social work, serving as director of research and evaluation at the Benjamin Rush Center and as an evaluation analyst at St. Luke’s and Children’s Medical Center in Philadelphia. This background has been especially helpful in his work with the families of injured or abused children.
Mr. Williams continues his lifelong involvement in amateur baseball and is still an active player in the John DeBenedictis Men’s Senior Baseball League.
“One of the Finest Civil Rights Law Firms in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania for that matter! Highly recommend Jerry Williams and his team!”
Why Work With Gerald Williams?
Jerry has a distinguished legal career which includes recognition for winning significant verdicts and settlements for plaintiffs in civil rights and environmental tort cases in many courts.
BACKGROUND & QUALIFICATIONS
Below is an overview of Jerry’s background and qualifications.
Temple University School of Law, Evening Division, 1982
University of Pittsburgh, M.A.,1976
St. Joseph’s College, B.S., cum laude, 1973
United States Supreme Court
U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
Associations & Affiliations
National Trial Lawyers Association
New Jersey Association for Justice
American Association for Justice
Bar Associations in New York and Pennsylvania
Founding Partner, Williams Cedar, 2017 – Present
Founding Partner, Williams Cuker Berezofsky, 1989-2017
Partner, Slap, Williams & Cuker, 1984-1989
Associate, Wapner, Newman & Associates, 1982-1983
Law Clerk, Wapner, Newman & Associates, 1980-1982
Director, Research & Evaluation, Benjamin Rush Center, 1977-1980
Evaluation Analyst, St. Luke’s Medical Center, 1975-1977
Research Assistant, Diagnostic & Rehabilitation Center, 1973-1974
Awards & Recognitions
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers each consecutive year since 2006
“AV Preeminent” Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory: 1996-present
America’s Preeminent Lawyers
National Association of Distinguished Counsel’s List of the Nation’s Top One Percent, 2016
See Curriculum Vitae