Gerald Williams

Gerald Williams

Williams Cedar, LLC
  • Civil Rights, Environmental Law, Estate Planning...
  • New Jersey, Pennsylvania
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Summary

As one of the partners and co-founders of Williams Cedar, Gerald Williams concentrates on environmental toxic tort cases, whistleblower claims, and civil rights violations, as well as complex personal injury cases. His impressive legal career spans thirty-five years during which time he has practiced law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, where he earned some of the highest honors in the legal community. After graduating from Temple University School of Law in 1982, he was an associate at a Philadelphia law firm before starting his own practice in 1983. He has received the “AV Preeminent” rating, the highest rating given, from legal publisher Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, he has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer each consecutive year since 2006 for environmental litigation.

Mr. Williams has won significant verdicts and settlements for plaintiffs in civil rights and environmental tort cases in many courts, including Merry v. Westinghouse, which established medical monitoring as a remedy under Pennsylvania common law, and Ambrogi v. Gould, the first case to hold medical monitoring available under Pennsylvania’s Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act.

Mr. Williams and two Williams Cedar colleagues, Beth Cole and Christopher Markos, were honored at a reception hosted by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s Prisoner Civil Rights Panel.

They were presented certificates of appreciation by the Honorable Judge M. Faith Angell for their service in representing hundreds of prisoners in claims that they were injured as a result of unconstitutional conditions of the Philadelphia Prison System. Judge Angell noted that between 2011 and 2014, the attorneys accepted judicial appointments to represent more than 900 former pro se plaintiffs and resolved the vast majority of the cases, with more than 500 resulting in individual settlements with the city and private medical providers.

Practice Areas
  • Civil Rights
  • Environmental Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Personal Injury
  • Tax Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Car Accidents
  • Discrimination
  • Child and Student Abuse
  • Wage & Hour Litigation
  • Commercial and Business
  • Veterans' Benefits
  • Workplace Safety
  • Whistleblower qui tam
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Jersey
Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Supreme Court
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Founding Partner
Williams Cedar, LLC
- Current
Founding Partner
Williams Cuker Berezofsky
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Education
Temple University Beasley School of Law
J.D. (1982)
University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh
M.A. (1976)
St.Joseph's College
(1973)
Honors: Cum Laude
Awards
List of the Nation’s Top One Percent
National Association of Distinguished Counsel
Super Lawyer
Pennsylvania Super lawyers
Every consecutive year since 2006
AV Preeminent Rating
Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
Every consecutive year since 1996
America’s Preeminent Lawyers
America’s Preeminent Lawyers
Professional Associations
Pennsylvania State Bar # 36418
Member
Current
Philadelphia Association for Justice
Sustaining Member
Current
New Jersey Association for Justice
Member
Current
Roscoe Pound Institute
Supporting Fellow
Current
Public Justice
Member
Current
American Association for Justice
Member
Current
Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
Member
Current
Websites & Blogs
Website
Williams Cedar, LLC
Blog
Williams Cedar Blog
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Contact & Map
Philadelphia Office
1515 Market Street Suite 1300
Philadelphia, PA 19102
USA
Telephone: (215) 557-0099
New Jersey Office
8 Kings Highway West Suite B
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
USA
Telephone: (856) 470-9777