Grad picked for Legal Elite

Opal McKinney-Williams, a 1998 graduate of FAMU, was selected to be apart of the only lawyer recognition program in which all currently practicing Florida Bar members are allowed to participate. Williams was selected as a candidate for the Florida Trend’s “Up and Coming” Legal Elite Leaders of 2009.

Florida Bar members were asked to name three best up and coming attorneys who exhibit leadership in the law and their communities. For the selection process that began last October, eligible attorneys had to have practiced law for no more than 10 years and be 40 years old or younger.

“I am grateful for this honor,” McKinney-Williams said. ” My growth as an attorney has given me the opportunity to share my knowledge, time and experience with others in the legal profession.”

McKinney-Williams, wife to State Representative Alan Williams, is a partner of Ausley and McMullen, which is one of Florida’s oldest and most respected law firms.

“As an attorney, I’m dedicated to promoting a fair and effective justice system,” McKinney-Williams said. “I am humbled by this recognition personally and professionally.”

McKinney-Williams is a 2003 graduate of Florida State University College of Law. She is apart of a varied law practice consisting of business bankruptcy, governmental law, Florida campaign finance compliance and litigation. She also serves as a board member of Leon

County Schools Foundation, the Tallahassee Ballet and Friends of the LeRoy Collins Public Library.