Our founder, John Eddie Williams, Jr., has been awarded the Texas Trial Lawyers Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his career of meaningful and pioneering representation of injured clients, the numerous offices and positions he has held in local, state and national bar, civil justice, and trial lawyer organizations, and community service that brings credit to trial lawyers and the legal profession.
Founded in 1949, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) seeks to empower trial lawyers by making sure that they have the tools to best represent their clients. Through legislative advocacy and political efforts, TTLA’s members work hard to protect the 7th Amendment and the right of every citizen to have a trial by jury.
The firm is proud of John Eddie and this prestigious award. We are grateful for his more than four decades of service to those who have been injured and are in need of someone to fight for them.
On February 10, Williams Hart’s managing partner John Eddie Williams, Jr., will be presented with the James B. Sales Pro Bono Leadership Award at the Houston Bar Foundation’s Annual Luncheon. Williams is the sixth recipient of this award, and he currently serves on the board of Community Bank of Texas, the Astros Board of Directors, and the board of governors of the American Association for Justice, the Houston Police Department, and the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. He has also served as a member of the board of the Houston Bar Foundation since 2009, and in 2014, he served as the chair of the Foundation. John Eddie Williams and his wife, Sheridan, are also active in the Houston community, donating their time and money to a variety of worthy causes.
On Friday night, January 22, the Diamond Dreams Gala took place at Minute Maid Park, raising $1.3 million for the Astros Foundation. The event, co-chaired by Sheridan and John Eddie Williams, featured a cocktail-attire dinner, appearances by current and former Astros players, and an after-dinner concert by James Taylor. The Astros Foundation began four years ago as a way to help give back to people around Houston and to support various charities throughout the city. Recently, the foundation has narrowed their focus on raising money to support education, youth baseball, the military, and the city’s homeless population. The Friday night Diamond Dreams Gala was specifically raising money to support New Hope Housing, an organization that strives to provide safe, affordable housing options for Houston’s most vulnerable residents. You can read more about the gala by clicking here.
Posted on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 at 1:53 pm
This Christmas, John Eddie Williams and his wife, Sheridan, once again were proud to donate to the Goodfellows Program, a charitable organization that provides Christmas presents to nearly 50,000 underprivileged children. Click here to read a feature in the Houston Chronicle about the Williams’ donation.
John Eddie Williams donates $250,000 to Goodfellows
Posted on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 at 5:18 pm
Earlier this week, attorney and Baylor University alumnus John Eddie Williams, Jr., was honored with a bronze bust placed at the south end zone of Baylor’s McLane Stadium. Williams attended Baylor on a football scholarship as an undergraduate, and has since generously donated to the school’s athletics program. Thanks to his donations, the field at McLane Stadium bears the name John Eddie Williams Field.
After finishing his undergraduate degree, Williams continued his education at Baylor Law School, to which he has also generously donated. At the bust unveiling, Williams stated “Other people’s generosities in the past allowed me to come here and so I always have thought that the right thing for me to do is to give back.”
Posted on Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 at 10:46 am
Our team is proud to announce that our very own John Eddie Williams was recently honored with the Joseph D. Jamail Award for Justice that is presented by Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA), a Houston-based non-profit. This award honors “‘unparalleled community service and advocacy for those who cannot afford legal representation’” and reflects the extensive pro bono work that Williams has donated to this valuable organization. Founded in 1980, AVDA provides direct support and advocacy to families that have been victimized by domestic abuse.
Over the years, Williams and his wife, Sheridan, have distinguished themselves as philanthropists in Houston. The couple has helped to fund research in Houston hospitals, donated toys to underprivileged families, and have directly supported many other causes like AVDA.
The team at Williams Hart is proud to announce that the Pasadena Independent School District recently designated John Eddie Williams, Jr., as the 2015 Alumnus of the Year. The award is intended to honor individuals who attended Pasadena ISD schools in the past and have made positive contributions to the community and society. Superintendent Dr. Kirk Lewis was quoted in an article of the Pasadena Citizen: “By generously giving of your time and resources, you are a great example for our students. We appreciate all you do for Pasadena ISD and the community.”
John Eddie Williams has been named as the recipient of Pasadena Independent School District’s “Distinguished Alumnus Award” for 2015. Every year this award is presented to an alumnus “who has made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments and career have brought credit to Pasadena and Pasadena ISD.” For this accomplishment, Williams will be presented with a plaque at the Dr. Kirk Lewis Career & Technical High School Thursday, April 23 at noon.
John Eddie Williams, Jr., of Williams Hart was recently consulted for a New York Times article discussing an injunction filed by Judge Andrew Hanen of Texas that succeeded in temporarily halting the Obama administration’s executive action on immigration.
Williams asserted that, while his opinion on the immigration action varied from Hanen’s, he had full confidence that any legal action taken by Hanen would be based on sound legal grounds and would be made without prejudice.
Posted on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 at 3:55 pm
John Eddie Williams, Jr., outgoing chair of the Houston Bar Foundation, recently interviewed legendary attorney Joe Jamail at the Houston Bar Foundation Annual Luncheon on February 26. Both men have dedicated their time and support to charitable organizations such as the Houston Bar Foundation, which was formed in 1982 to provide excellent representation and resources to those in the community in need. Here are some pictures from this fantastic event.