Joseph R. Williams is an associate attorney with Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC. Prior to being admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in October 2009, he was a law clerk with the firm. As part of the Pollock Begg team, Joseph lends his expertise litigating complex financial and custody cases.
Joseph is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and Allegheny County Bar Association. In 2010, he was selected as one of 15 young lawyers in Allegheny County to participate in the Bar Leadership Initiative 2010-11 Class. Joseph has rapidly risen within the ranks of both the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar associations and remains active in his alma mater, Duquesne University, where he serves on the Duquesne Law Alumni Association Board of Directors. Through the PBA he has served as the Zone 12 delegate on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Council. Through the ACBA, Joseph is an active member of the Family Law Section and was elected to a three-year term on the Family Law Section Council for 2011-14. In 2013, Joseph was elected to serve as the ACBA Young Lawyers Division chair, just following his service on the YLD Council from 2011-13. Additionally, Joseph serves on the ACBA YLD Member Services and Public Services committees.
Joseph has written articles in various publications. In 2008, he authored the alimony case law update for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s General Practitioners Update. In 2010, he authored the support case law update for the Allegheny County Bar Association Bench and Bar Conference Family Division Sound-Off. Recently, he was featured as a case note contributor to the Pennsylvania Family Lawyer and spoke at the 2012 Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Summer Meeting in Hershey on the Support Case Law Updates. In his 2012 article, “The Art of Balancing Work for Multiple Partners,” in the Legal Intelligencer, he discusses challenges and recommendations for new attorneys entering law firms. Read more (PDF)
Joseph’s active professional career has garnered him recognition as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star in both 2012 and 2013. He also currently serves as a high school competitive mock trial team coach for CAPA in Pittsburgh.
Joseph received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bethany College in 2006. He received his juris doctorate from the Duquesne University School of Law in June 2009.
While in law school, Joseph was a semi-finalist in the Carol Los Mansmann Appellate Moot Court Competition at Duquesne University School of Law. He also served as a staff writer for Juris, Duquesne's award winning legal magazine.
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
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Joe Williams is hands-down one of brightest young lawyers in Western Pennsylvania. He has risen faster in the ranks than almost any other lawyer I know. He has an excellent reputation and is very well-known and well-liked by his peers. He has taken a mentoring role in the careers of many other young lawyers and is a true leader in this generation of Western Pennsylvania lawyers.
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I highly endorse Attorney Joseph Williams without any reservations and would recommend him to anyone looking for an attorney. He cares for his clients and is able to produce results. He has a great work ethic and knowledge of the law. He understands the client's needs and exceeds their expectations. I strongly recommend him.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Philadelphia Magazine||2013|
|Rising Star||Philadelphia Magazine||2012|
|Carl Los Mansmann Oral Argument Competition Semi-Finalist||Duquesne Law School||2007|
|Associate||Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC||2009 - Present|
|Law Clerk||Pollock Begg Komar Glasser LLC||2008 - 2009|
|Teaching Assistant||Bethany College Psychology Department||2003 - 2006|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Allegheny County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division||Chair Elect||2013 - 2014|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division||Delegate||2011 - Present|
|Bar Leadership Initiative||N/A||2010 - 2011|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section||N/A||N/A|
|Allegheny County Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Allegheny County Bar Association, Family Law Section||N/A||N/A|
|Allegheny County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division||N/A||N/A|
|Matrimonial American Inns of Court||N/A||N/A|
|The Legal Intelligencer||Balancing the Work of Multiple Partners||2012|
|Bench and Bar Family Division Sound Off||Support Case Law Update||2010|
|General Practitioners Update, PBI||Alimony Section||2008|
|Duquesne University School of Law||Law||Juris Doctor||2009|
|Bethany College||Psychology||Bachelor of Arts||2006|
|Pennsylvania Bar Institute||Family Law 101||2013|
|Duquesne University School of Law||Family Law Practice in Western Pennsylvania||2012|
|2012 PBA Family Law Section Summer Meeting||Support Case Law Updates||2012|