Phillip W. Williams Jr.
Phil Williams is the managing member of Williams & Associates, LLC; a law firm based in Gadsden, AL. His primary focus in the practice of law is largely in the areas of civil litigation,corporate/municipal/governmental general counsel, as well as a thriving real estate practice.
Prior to practicing law Phil was in full time ministry for seven years with the international youth outreach organization YoungLife. With YoungLife Phil served as an Area Director which involved direct ministry and counseling with teens, recruiting and training volunteers, public speaking, public relations, fund raising and close work with the members of the YoungLife Committee.
In addition to his day-to-day employment Phil recently served two terms in the Alabama State Senate for the Tenth District of Alabama. During that time he served as the Chairman for the Alabama Senate Committee on Fiscal Responsibility & Economic Development, and as Vice Chair for the Committee on Judiciary and Vice Chair for the General Fund Budget Committee. He also served as a sitting member of the Committees on Rules, Government Affairs, Veterans and Military Affairs, and the Joint Committee on Transportation.
Aside from his civilian experience Phil also comes from a family with a strong military tradition. He is an Airborne Ranger and recently retired with the rank of Colonel after 30 years of service in the Army Reserve and National Guard. Since 9/11 he has served two combat tours in the Global War on Terror, one each in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as one tour in the Pentagon on the Army Staff’s Special Operations Division.
Phil’s education includes a BS from the University of South Alabama and a Juris Doctorate from the Birmingham School of Law. He is also a graduate of the US Army’s Combined Arms and Services Staff School and the US Army Command and General Staff College. Among his associations and awards are the following: Phil is a member in good standing of the Alabama Bar Association (Alabar); the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW); the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA); The National Infantry Association; The Order of St. Maurice; and the Etowah County Patriots Hall of Honor. He was also licensed and ordained to ministry by the Southern Baptist Association.
His military awards include the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals, the Meritorious Service Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, the Humanitarian Service Medal, both the Afghan and Iraq Campaign Medals with 3 campaign stars, The Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Wings, the Pathfinder Badge, German Parachutist Wings and the Combat Action Badge. Phil and his family have lived in Etowah County for twenty-five years. He has been married for 31 years to his wife Charlene – they have two children, Josh and Caitlin – Josh graduated from Auburn University and serves as a Captain (Armor) in the US Army with his wife Anna, and Caitlin completed a Graduate Degree at Auburn University and is currently the Public Affairs Coordinator for the City of Auburn.