Paul Williams is a graduate of the De Paul School of Law, licensed to practice in Illinois. He worked as a legislative intern and staff assistant for numerous legislators, including but not limited to then Senate President Cecil Partee and State Representative Harold Washington before he ascended to Congress and Mayor. In addition, Paul served on the staff of the Illinois Energy Resources Commission.
Williams continued his legislative career in the private sector as a Lobbyist and Association Executive for the Illinois Association of Realtors. In that capacity he was responsible for operations of the Association’s Chicago Legislative Office, which maintained principle liaison with all local boards between Kankakee and Antioch, and from Lake Michigan to Rockford. In addition, he has represented the Chicago Real Estate Board (Shelter II), the Greater South Suburban Board of Realtors and was General Counsel for the Dearborn Real Estate Board, a predominately minority real estate association serving the greater Chicago area.
Next, Williams served as a member of the Illinois General Assembly representing the 24th Representative District from 1987 until 1992. During his tenure he was an Assistant House Democratic Floor Leader and the principal sponsor of such major legislation as the Judicial Sub-Circuit bill in Cook County, recodification of the Title Insurance Act and the establishment of an independent Cook County Public Defender Office. As a result of his work, Williams was named one of the “Ten Best Legislators in Illinois” by Chicago Magazine while serving in the General Assembly.
Williams has participated in many of the state’s most pressing legislative issues, including deregulation of the electric industry, re-write of the state telecommunications act, payday loan regulations, and many others.
Presently Mr. Williams practices privately from his firm, P.L. Williams & Associates, which concentrates in areas of Governmental Relations, Real Estate and Probate. The firm has contractual relations with a team of lobbyist to serve client needs.
Over the years Williams has participated in many of the state’s most pressing legislative issues, including deregulation of the electric industry, re-write of the state telecommunication act, payday loan regulations and many others. He has a broad range of legislative experience in multiple disciplines.
In addition, Williams is Chairman of Illinois legislative Black Caucus Foundation, a not-for profit organizations serving throughout the State of Illinois.