Honorable Alexander Williams, Jr.
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (retired)
Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin, White
The Honorable Judge Alexander Williams retired from life as a judge on the U.S. District Court on Jan. 3, 2014, but he is still very active in the legal community. He currently serves as an advising member at Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin, White focusing on complex civil litigation and federal criminal cases — the only practicing retired federal judge in Maryland to advise clients on these matters.
Williams was appointed to the federal court in 1994 by then-President Bill Clinton. In his judgeship, he wrote more than seven volumes of published cases and presided over 6,000 complex civil and 1,000 federal criminal cases.
He is a founder, member and the first president of the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association, Inc. and has served for many years as a Professor at Howard University Law School.
Since retiring from his judgeship, Williams founded and is CEO of the Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. Center for Education, Justice and Ethics at the University of Maryland, College Park. The Center’s mission is to research, develop solutions and provide a forum for discussing issues facing underserved communities.
When Williams joined the Silverman law firm, managing partner Steven Silverman noted: “We are honored to have such an esteemed jurist join us. Judge Williams’ extensive experience and deep legal knowledge will strengthen our litigation practice and will be a tremendous asset to our clients.”
Williams is also Chair of the Commission to Restore Trust in Policing, a commission created to investigate corruption that occurred within Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force of the Baltimore Police Department.
Prior to his appointment to the federal bench by President Clinton in 1994, Judge Williams served as State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County, as a public defender, special counsel, hearing examiner and substitute juvenile master.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received and from whom?
The best piece of advice I ever received came from my mother, Viola P. Williams. She wrote these words on my yearbook program when I graduated from high school: “There is a time to work and a time to play. Keep them separate and success will come your way.”