Today we’d like to introduce you to Carol Williams.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I grew up in Manchester, CT with my parents, brother (my best friend on the planet) and two dogs. My dad loves current events and history and because of that every night during dinner the news was on in the background. As we talked about our day, I would hear the news stories and see the faces of people who were accused of breaking the law. At a young age I always wondered if the accused knew what was happening to them. At seven years old, I decided I wanted to be the person to explain what was happening to them. I told my mom I wanted to be a lawyer and she said OK, let’s get to work. From that day on, I was singularly focused on being an attorney. My first legal internship was with Philadelphia District Attorney’s office during college. It was unpaid and absolutely fabulous. I was in the family violence and sexual assault unit. I went to court with my attorney, spoke with witnesses and the police to help prep cases for trial. In court, my attorney insisted I sit with her at counsel’s table so she could explain to me what was happening in real time. I was hooked! I just knew I had to be a criminal attorney. Fast forward to law school . . . I hated my criminal law and evidence classes. I mean really hated these classes. Second year of law school I felt lost. I’d spent years knowing I wanted to be an attorney, specifically a criminal attorney. I loved my first internship. How could I do criminal law and not like evidence? That summer, I studied abroad in Mexico and took one class . . . Immigration. I instantly fell in love. Immigration law married my love of culture, travel and the law. I returned to law school with a renewed love of the law and a new focus to be an immigration attorney. I managed to get the one open spot in the immigration clinic that spring semester. At the time, I had no idea my clinic professor would be an amazing mentor and champion of my career. Over the years, I worked in large law firms, the federal government inside the Department of Homeland Security – US Citizenship and Immigration Services in Washington, DC and now in my own firm. When I look back on my career so far, I believe I’ve lived up the hopes and dreams of my seven year old self. I’ve explained the law to hundreds of people and I’m far from done.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Honestly, it’s been a fairly smooth road for me in my legal career. Sure, there were the usual ups and downs but nothing major. I’ve been lucky to have some amazing friends and mentors help me navigate my career and avoid major potholes along the way.
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Williams Immigration, LLC is a boutique immigration law firm that handles employment and family based immigration cases. We are known for handling complex cases and helping clients where the government is requesting additional evidence and/or threatening to deny a case. My experience inside the Department of Homeland Security – US Citizenship and Immigration Services helps me advocate for my clients. I am proud of giving my clients, both business and families, a voice in front of the US government and helping them define and live their American dream. I want readers to know I get just as excited as my clients when I call with good news. Helping people never gets old or routine.
If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
Growing up, I loved reading and playing sports, I spent hours in the library and begged my mom to go to the used bookstore on the way to the orthodontist’s office every month. I may have gotten my brother in trouble a time or two, but it’s his word against mine…
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