Paul L. Williams & Associates is a 100% minority owned law firm based in Chicago, Illinois with expertise in governmental affairs, legislative lobbying, probate, property law and educational services. The firm’s attorneys, education consultant Dr. Erma Brooks Williams, lobbying team and staff offer over 75 years of experience in the practice of law & governmental affairs. Williams and Associates is certified by the State of Illinois as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE).

Williams & Associates primarily provides governmental affairs and lobbying services. Paul Williams is a former legislator and House Democratic Floor Leader in the Illinois House of Representatives. He has represented many clients successfully before the Illinois General Assembly, the Chicago City council and the Cook County Board. Since establishing his governmental affairs practice, Williams has been involved in almost all of the major issues impacting Illinois. From electric deregulation to school reform, telecommunications rewrite, to credit regulations and banking, Williams and Associates has played a major role in influencing government.

Since arriving in Springfield in 1975, Mr. Williams has developed and nurtured personal relationships and expertise necessary to advance the cause of his clients.

We have the expertise to analyze and draft legislation, provide strategic planning and promotion of legislation and regulations affecting the interest of our clients. We have been successful in obtaining needed resources for our clients such as Proviso School district 209 and the Community Colleges of Lake County.

In 2012, Dr. Erma Brooks Williams joined the firm after retiring as head of Governmental Affairs for Chicago State University. With over 35 years of governmental affairs experience in state and federal governments, Dr. Williams provides much needed administrative and legislative support to our team. Her 26 years as the governmental affairs specialist for higher education, and her role as Chief Administrator for the Board of Trustees for Chicago State University for the last 14 years expands our capacity to provide services in corporate and non-profit board relations and higher educations.

Together with our support staff of Rufus Jackson, former President of the Student Body at Chicago State University, who serves as Administrative Assistant to our office and is a registered lobbyist, and Cynthia McDonald our office secretary, the firm of Paul L. Williams and Associates offers its clients effective and efficient legislative and governmental affairs services.