Jason Williams

Jason Williams is a multi award winning litigator, the current District Attorney of New Orleans and founder of Jason Williams + Associates.  A born leader, Jason served as class president all 4 years of high school, all 4 years of college and all 3 years of law school. He went on to serve 6 years on the New Orleans City Council, 4 of which he led as president. Now, as the current District Attorney of New Orleans, Jason simultaneously directs his private civil practice working with a dynamic team of handpicked legal talent to deliver distinctive services beyond that of a traditional law firm.

About Jason

Jason Williams is a multi award winning litigator, the current District Attorney of New Orleans and founder of Jason Williams + Associates. 

A born leader, Jason served as class president all 4 years of high school, all 4 years of college and all 3 years of law school. He went on to serve 6 years on the New Orleans City Council, 4 of which he led as president. Now, as the current District Attorney of New Orleans, Jason simultaneously directs his private civil practice working with a dynamic team of handpicked legal talent to deliver distinctive services beyond that of a traditional law firm. 

A born litigator, Jason was still in law school when he took on his first legal cases representing people who could not afford private attorneys’ fees. He never left the courtroom, which he affectionately calls his second home. Year after year, Jason’s efforts have resulted in wins for his clients, not compromises. He has tried over 200 legal cases, and won 99% of his trials from the start of his career to present. 

Jason’s commanding presence in the courtroom has seen him inducted to the American College of Trial Lawyers where fellowship is extended by invitation only to lawyers practicing 15+ years and ranking within the top 1% of master litigators internationally in the United States and Canada. 

After winning several high-profile cases, the Louisiana Supreme Court appointed Jason to serve as a Judge in Orleans Parish, earning him the record of the youngest District Judge in the City’s history. Following his tenure as a Judge, Jason returned to private practice where his legal advocacy skills were sought by those ranging far and wide from celebrities, athletes, artists, renowned corporations and indigent individuals. Jason has never shied away from unpopular or challenging cases, even taking on fights against Fortune 500 companies. His talent and dedication has been recognized in highly publicized trials.

Jason has worked as an adjunct professor at Tulane Law School, and a legal analyst at WDSU, WWL, WBOK, WGNO, FOX 8, The Associate Press and the Times-Picayune. His legal opinions are sought nationwide with Jason recently contributing legal commentary to The New York Times, The Atlantic, Aljazeera, Vibe, USA Today, The LA Times, Rolling Stone and 60 Minutes.

  • CNN
  • WVUE
  • WGNO
  • WDSU
  • 60 Minutes
  • The New York Times
  • USA Today
  • Rolling Stone

 

Get In Touch With Jason

Q&A

What has been the biggest turning point in your career? 

A random encounter with a former juror on a case, who shared her views on the trial.  She told me it was clear that I cared more about the case than the lawyers on the other side. I use to think I was too wrapped up in my cases as a young lawyer but this confirmed for me that nothing was wrong with that level of passion in court.

What’s your best advice for clients embarking on a legal journey?

Ask the tough questions. Have as many difficult conversations as needed. Never leave a meeting, phone call or court date confused, meaning ask as many questions you need to understand what’s going on. Make sure you hire a lawyer with the patience and desire for clients to understand a very unique process.

How did you decide to go down the path of being a lawyer? 

From what I have been told by family and friends, I have always been fighting and advocating for others, so I suppose getting a law license was a natural path.

What is your motivation for going on in spite of adversity? 

Adversity is truly a storm. It is only occurring in a specific space for a finite time and if you keep pressing forward, you will get past that storm to get to the sunshine.

What has been your compass in life? 

God

How do you like to navigate tough decisions? 

Before I open my mouth about something important, I pray that ‘ I may decrease, so that God many increase inside of me’

Who/what has helped you most along your professional journey? 

Looking for creative strategies to tough cases and not being tied to old ideas or thoughts.

What do clients need to know most before deciding on any particular direction?

They need to know everything… ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’ as well as their lawyer’s  ‘plan A, plan B , … ‘

What is your proudest legal legacy? 

Winning cases that other lawyers turned away because they thought they were un-winnable.  

What differentiates you from other lawyers?

I operate from a place of fearlessness, when fighting for my clients, because frankly, they deserve no less than that. Many cases represent a major life moment for our clients.

Education

Juris Doctorate – Tulane University
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English – Tulane University

Strengths

Why Jason?

  • Gladiator for Justice. In the face of adversity Jason arms himself as a gladiator, triumphantly pursuing justice against all odds. He prides himself in taking on the unwinnable cases when other lawyers shy away from the fight.
  • Walking the Walk. Although a leader, you’ll always find him in the trenches. Rather than leading from afar, Jason believes in walking hand in hand with his clients and his team. 
  • Barrier Breaker. In one case, Jason was asked by opposing counsel to actually step in and take over the mediation of the case rendering the previously hired mediator useless. Jason resolved the case in 3 weeks. His ability to take command of complex situations and break down barriers transcends the historical ideals of standard practice. 
  • Oracle Orator. A big part of getting your case the attention it deserves are the words which are spoken about it. Knowing what to say and when, is an art. Saying it well is the trademark of a great orator. When Jason speaks, all listen. 
  • Master Litigator. In a day and age where most cases do not go to trial, lawyers with actual litigation experience are few and far between. With a record unlike any other, and awards to back it, you know you are getting experience you can trust when you hire Jason. 

Bridge Builder. With his past experience on the New Orleans City Council, Jason knows how to advocate for business development and craft strategic formulas with legal pathways for project success.

Bar Admissions

Louisiana State Bar Association
Federal Bar Association

Awards

Former President, New Orleans City Council
American College of Trial Lawyers
Norman C. Francis Leadership Institute
Order of the Barristers
Ortique Leadership Institute
City Park Improvement Association, Former Board Member
Dr. Hebert S. Eddington Civic Award, Alliance for Good Government
Mondale-Brooke Award for Fair Housing Leadership & Civil Participation, The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center
Acclaim Award, Forum for Equality

Speeches and Authorship

Blue Goose International Meeting: “Aspects of Insurance Fraud in Louisiana: The Latest Trends”, March 2013
Rimkus Continuing Education Seminar: “Ethically Investigating First Party Claims”, May 2013
New Orleans Claims Association Seminar: “Email and Electronic Etiquette”, January 2014
Louisiana 20th Annual Louisiana Claims Association Educational Conference: “Instagram, Twitter and Everything in Between: A Course on How to Effectively and Ethically Use Social Media in Defending Personal Injury Lawsuits”, June 2014
Louisiana 21st Annual Louisiana Claims Association Educational Conference: “Locked and Loaded: A Complete Guide to Handling Negligent Security Claims”, June 2015
Louisiana Bar Association: Continuing Legal Education Panelist, December 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
USA Weekly Legal Online Contributor, 2019