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Sunday, February 14, 2021

ATTORNEY AL WILLIAMS HAS PASSED AWAY

 Al Williams, a long time fixture at the PDs office where he handled the most serious cases and mentored generations of young lawyers has died at the age of 70. Mr. Williams life is a Miami Story gone good. 

He was the second of six children born in a house on Williams Avenue in Coconut Grove. He attended George Carver Highschool and Coral Gables Highschool, a three year letterman in football and wrestling. His football team went undefeated one year, winning state and national titles and named the Florida Highschool football team of the Century, no small honor in this state. Al was an undersized 160 pound guard on the team. 

Al Williams graduated from UM Law school in 1976, joined the PDs office and spent the next 35 years defending the people of his home town. 

We did not cross paths with Al Williams much, but he was a much admired member of the Dade PDs office and started at the time when assistant PDs were named Roy Black, HT Smith, Jack Denaro, and Norm Gerstein to name a few. It was an office of current and future super-stars. 

13 comments:

Sir Wilfred said...

Al was a wonderful guy, a great lawyer and an all around Mensch

Anonymous said...

I didn't know Al Williams, but his story and reputation deserve a few comments from people who did know him. Hitting "reply all" on the FACDL list serv doesn't cut it. You guys suck. Give the man a fitting send off.

Anonymous said...

George Washington Carver, or just Carver to those of who went there.

Anonymous said...

When I was brand new at the PDO, he was in an office nearby. We would chat. Was he a role model? He carried himself with such dignity and gravitas that, in an office full of first names, he was always "Mr. Williams" to me.

Anonymous said...

Norman never tried a case. He was assigned to help the kids at Sunniland, where handicapped children were housed. What about other greats such as Von Zampft, Clay,Linnae Snyder, Vinnie Flynn,Jerry Mosca, Lenny Rosenberg,Steve Rosen, Bronis,Gerald (Hawk) Hubbart, Tom Morgan, Jim Gilmour, Joe Lang Kershaw, Tam Wilson, Maxine Cohen,and Appellate lawyers Paul Morris just to name a few that come to mind quickly.

Anonymous said...

He was a class act snd a great lawyer. When I was a prosecutor, I was forced to try a pretty crappy case, Al beat the tar out of me and the case yet did it with dignity. Upon the quick acquittal, he still showed class. He was a great role model and will be missed.

E a said...

I met al williams in 1985 as an intern at thr pds office he always had a word of advice an encouraging remarks he was a great lawyer he will be missed

Anonymous said...

Thank you 6:23.

Although I did not know him or even knew his name, I was feeling the same way. Thirty years in the trenches deserves much respect.

Anonymous said...

I’m he was a cool cat. Rest In Peace. Any funeral details?

Anonymous said...

What utter bullshit! This man was an icon in the court house for many years, trained many lawyers, helped countless amounts of clients and gets only 4 comments!

When I was a young ASA, I had to try a dog of a case (let a jury deal with it rather than exercising discretion). Other than Al disagreeing with the discretion, he showed nothing but class. After a 5 minute acquittal, he was gracious in his beating eh crap out of me.

We lost a good man who left a wonderful legacy

Anonymous said...

Al Williams was an amazing supervisor. Knew how to cut to the chase, and taught anyone he supervised not take crap from anyone. The truest Public Defender. There are so many great stories about Al, that a book should be written.

A former Miami APD

Anonymous said...

"George Washington Carver, or just Carver to those of who went there."

The guy who chopped up George Washington?

Anonymous said...

So true and so weird that this guy would put normans name in the same sentence as Mr Williams.

All was awesome - rip.