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Alex R. Williams


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Alex Williams is an attorney for the firm’s Litigation Group in both the Raleigh and Greensboro offices.  He represents companies and individuals in complex civil, criminal, and constitutional litigation, with a substantial portion of his practice dedicated to federal criminal defense.

Alex has represented clients from all walks of life who were investigated or charged with misdemeanors or felonies in state and federal court. He has experience at all stages of a criminal case: representing clients during interviews/interrogations; responding to grand jury subpoenas for documents and testimony; obtaining conditions of release after arrest; litigating pretrial motions, including discovery disputes; representing clients at bench and jury trials; and filing appeals.

A large part of Alex’s criminal defense practice consists of representing individuals charged with federal crimes. Early in his career, he started gaining experience in the area of federal criminal defense. He is now one of the youngest members on the CJA Panels (federal court-appointed list) for the Eastern District of North Carolina (EDNC) and the Middle District of North Carolina (MDNC). To qualify for the CJA Panel, attorneys must have demonstrated experience in, and knowledge of, federal criminal law and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Among others, he has defended clients accused of the following:

  • Violent Crimes, including murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and Hobbs Act robbery;
  • Organized Crime, including racketeering (RICO);
  • Property Crimes, including bank fraud, wire fraud, and obtaining property by false pretenses;
  • Drug Crimes, including multi-defendant drug conspiracies, possession of controlled substances, and possession of drug paraphernalia;
  • Weapon Crimes, including possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence or drug trafficking crime, possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession of explosives; and
  • Sex Crimes, including rape, sexual exploitation of a minor, and possession of child pornography.

Alex’s civil practice includes experience in a broad range of lawsuits in both state and federal court.  His civil practice experience includes cases involving constitutional violations, declaratory judgments, defamation, unfair and deceptive trade practices, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, negligence, and malicious prosecution, among others.

Some representative cases of his civil practice experience include the following:

  • The defense businesses and employees against claims under False Claims Act;
  • The representation of individuals and businesses in civil asset forfeitures involving sweepstakes, fraud, and drugs;
  • The representation of an investor who was defrauded by a residential developer;
  • The representation of bondsmen and bond companies in criminal bond forfeiture actions;
  • The representation of political figures, individuals, and businesses in actions for defamation (libel and slander);
  • The representation of family members in a dispute over the ownership and use of family land; and
  • The representation of more than 90,000 retirees in a putative class action lawsuit against the State regarding insurance benefits.Representing a putative class of 90,000 North Carolina government retirees against the State of North Carolina regarding supplemental insurance benefits

Additionally, Alex has represented clients on matters relating to administrative agencies, including the North Carolina Real Estate Commission, North Carolina State Bar, and North Carolina Office of State Auditor.

  • Appalachian School of Law, J.D., 2010
  • North Carolina State University, B.A. (Political Science and Criminology), 2007
Bar Admissions
  • North Carolina, 2010
  • Eastern District of North Carolina, 2010
  • Western District of North Carolina, 2011
  • Middle District of North Carolina, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • Campbell School of Law, Moot Court Judge and Advocacy Competition Judge
  • Federal Bar Association, Publicity and Technology Committee, Committee Member
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel, Eastern District of North Carolina, Member
  • Wake County Bar Association, Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member

Alex authored “North Carolina Coastal Conversation: Intrusion on Littoral Property Owners’ Rights or Protection of Public Enjoyment?”, Appalachian Natural Resources Law Journal, Volume IV, Issue 1, 2010.

He co-authored material for a CLE entitled “Partnership and Shareholder Disputes from Start to Finish.”

During law school, he was a teaching and research assistant for a professor who taught legal writing. He also served as an Honor Court Justice, SBA Vice-President, Criminal Law Society President, and Associate Editor for the Appalachian Journal of Law.

Alex Williams was born and raised in Western North Carolina. While growing up he played baseball and soccer, and was active skiing and mountain biking. Weather permitting, Alex can still be found mountain biking and skiing. During his childhood days, he was known for his X-Game style both on a mountain bike and skis. While he may not mountain bike and ski as much as he would like, he is still quite the dare devil and can “throw down” a few tricks here and there.

Alex came to Raleigh to attend N.C. State University, and fell in love with both the school and the city. Alex is a loyal Wolfpack fan and attends nearly every home football game, and tries to attend at least one away game per year. Alex also enjoys the atmosphere of the re-vamped downtown Raleigh as well as the many parks and trails that Raleigh offers. 

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Robert Frost once said "A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer." My constant goal is to be the "better lawyer."