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Brianna Ethereal Williams

Employment and labor Attorney at Atlanta, GA

5.0   132 reviews

also known as Brianna Williams, Brianna Guerin

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  • State Years
    California - CA < 1 year
    Louisiana - LA 14 years
    Georgia - GA 15 years
  • Licensed for less than one year
    State CA
    Acquired 2024
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State LA
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Eligible to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Brianna

Learn Brianna’s areas of practice.

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Brianna E. Williams is an attorney and founder of Mélange, a full-service employment law firm focused primarily on the unique needs of employees. From negotiating employment and severance agreements to representing individuals before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, and in courts across multiple jurisdictions, Brianna’s practice covers the gamut of everything related to the employment relationship – from hiring to separation.

Brianna also provides preventative advice to employers. Through Mélange, Brianna has helped several organizations manage their differences, similarities, and tensions in meaningful ways. She has presented at conferences across the country on the topics of diversity management, OFCCP compliance, and strategic visioning, and her work has been published nationally.

Aside from the law, Brianna has been the “voice” of creatives across the country for over three decades. Prior to entering law school, Brianna was a graphic designer and ran a consulting firm aimed at addressing the unique needs of creative professionals. Through Ethereal Image, Brianna brokered CD replication agreements; assisted her clients with the attainment of copyrights and mechanical licenses; negotiated record deals, management, and booking agreements, and facilitated the distribution of her clients’ releases through established outlets. A jazz pianist herself (and the mother of a Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist), Brianna’s love for the arts is deeply personal.

Brianna is also an active member of the community. She has served as the Director of Communications for the National Bar Association; an instructor at Morehouse College’s Project Identity Saturday Institute; has served as a guest lecturer in Music Business at Loyola University and strategic visioning at Oglethorpe University, and is an advisory board member of Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University and a board member of the State Bar of Georgia’s Committee to Promote Inclusion in the Profession. Brianna has been recognized as one of the Nation’s Best Advocates: Top 40 Under 40 by The National Bar Association and IMPACT, as a Super Lawyer, and as a member of The National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40.

Brianna serves as a hearing officer for DeKalb County and is a registered neutral certified by the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution. A graduate of Tulane University (Bachelor of Science in Psychology) and Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert School of Law (Bachelor of Civil Law and Juris Doctor), Brianna is admitted to practice in both Georgia and Louisiana.

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016
Client's Choice
2023 2022 2021 + 5 ...

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Location

Mélange | A Williams Firm
1100 Peachtree Street
Suite 950
Atlanta, GA, 30309

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  132 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very knowledgeable and trustworthy
I consulted Ms. Williams for some advice about an employment matter. She gave excellent advice and is very compassionate with high integrity. I feel fortunate to have found such a great advocate!
Posted by Stephanie | April 9, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chief Communications & Culture Officer
Brianna is not only brilliant but most importantly she has integrity. Her honest and thoughtful approach to her craft is unmatched. I would hands down give her my highest recommendation.
Posted by Shelton | February 6, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Service
I recently had the privilege of being represented by Brianna E. Williams, Esq., at MÉLANGE, in a severance negotiation with my former employer. My experience with her was nothing short of exceptional. From our initial consultation to the final resolution of my case, Ms. Williams demonstrated an unparalleled level of professionalism, expertise, and dedication to my interests. Ms. Williams’s thoroughness in understanding and evaluating my case was evident from the start. She meticulously analyzed my former employer’s initial severance offer, identifying key areas for improvement and leverage. Her attention to detail ensured that no aspect of my case was overlooked, providing me with confidence and clarity throughout the process. One of the most remarkable aspects of Ms. Williams’s service was her availability and approachability. She was consistently accessible to answer my questions, offer guidance, and provide updates on the progress of the negotiations. Her ability to explain complex legal concepts in an understandable manner made the process far less daunting and more transparent. Through her hard work, determination, and skillful negotiation, Ms. Williams was able to secure more than triple the pay and health benefits initially offered by my former employer. This outcome not only represented a significant financial improvement but also validated the value of my contributions to the company and ensured a more secure transition to my next endeavor. Ms. Williams’s dedication to my case went beyond mere professional obligation; she genuinely cared about achieving the best possible outcome for me. Her efforts to resolve the issues quickly and efficiently minimized the stress and uncertainty that can accompany such disputes, allowing me to focus on the future with optimism. In conclusion, Brianna E. Williams, Esq., is a distinguished attorney whose expertise in severance negotiations is exemplary. Her detailed approach, availability for clients, and commitment to excellence set her apart in her field. I am profoundly grateful for her representation and wholeheartedly recommend her services to anyone seeking exceptional legal support during critical career transitions.
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Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Careful listener, clear thinker, realistic
Attorney Williams was careful, thorough and incisive after listening to a complex issue and history. I found her to be a clear thinker, analytical and a good communicator as to both the law and options for action. On followup she was efficient and just in assessments. Would definitely recommend her to others. Just Excellent.
Posted by Shellz | December 4, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Just excellence personified
She helped me with my severance agreement. She got me more money than was initially offered. She kept me updated and communicated well and often through this process! Highly highly recommend!!!!!!
Posted by James | November 15, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Discrimination case James Livingston
If you need an attorney to fight for your every right, let me recommend Mrs Brianna Williams, very professional, knowledgeable of your rights concerning the law. She is willing to jump in the trenches and fight for you. Thanks Mrs Williams for all your work and support. James Livingston
Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience with a highly skilled Employment Lawyer
Briana was an advocate for me and was able to negotiate additional money for my case. She is timely with her communication and follow up and extremely skilled in employment law. I would highly recommend her.
Posted by Gabriela | October 14, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and strong legal support
I’m thankful for Brianna. She knew exactly what needed to be done and advocated on my behalf the entire time. She’s professional, timely and well informed. Brianna navigated a relatively difficult situation with patience and I’m thankful for her approach and guidance.
Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Knowledgeable, and Fair
I reached out to Brianna after desperately trying to plead my case with my employer, who let me go while I was 37 weeks pregnant, two weeks before I gave birth with pre-eclampsia. I didn't understand what my rights were or if I had a case. After consulting with two lawyers who were also unsure about my case, Brianna immediately took my case after only a brief discussion. Attorney Brianna educated, guided, and consulted with my previous employer for nearly five months on the unfairness I experienced. She also helped me negotiate a 200% increase in my severance. I appreciate her for taking my case seriously, being honest throughout the negotiation, and helping me fight for a fair ending. She also went above and beyond after the severance was signed with administrative duties because it took my employer about a month to complete payment. She communicates well with timely updates and responds quickly to every call and email. Her staff is also very professional and courteous.
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Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic representation in a delicate matter
Mrs Williams was very supportive, professional, and diligent in terms of handling my legal matter. Once the course of action was determined, she was tenacious in achieving the best , realistic, outcome. Although she represented myself, she was cordial and agreeable to opposing attorney. I am satisfied with her handling of my case and would recommend Mrs Brianna Williams without hesitation.
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Posted by Jerry | August 8, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolute best Employment Attorney!!!
Ms Brianna Williams is by far the very best attorney that I've ever spoken with, she is very intelligent and knowledgeable in her field of practice, she communicates with her client on a step by step basis, and she explains the process clearly and efficiently. I am so thankful and blessed to have had Ms Williams take my legal matter and get the results that an experience attorney gets for their client . She has the very best personality down to earth and make you feel like a real person whom she genuinely cares about . Ms Brianna Williams is truly Heaven sent, I would definitely recommend Ms Williams to family and friends and to anyone who is looking for an experienced and honest attorney who will have your best interest from the start to finish . There's no doubt that the outcome that came from my EEOC MEDIATION was solely because of the representation of Ms Williams . I definitely received more money in my settlement due to Ms Williams representation and I am so grateful and thankful to her. If you find yourself in need of a very good attorney who's knowledgeable in her field I definitely encourage you to give Ms Brianna Williams a call at your earliest convenience and you will not be disappointed
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Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Immense Gratitude
Words cannot express the gratitude that I have for Ms. Williams. Ms. Williams' professionalism, knowledge, and thorough approach enabled me to make it through an extremely challenging situation with my former employer. Ms. Williams was able to secure an outcome that worked in my family's favor. I HIGHLY recommend Ms. Williams to anyone who is in need of a employment attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Brianna was a pleasure to work with. She was on her P’s & Q’s from the start to finish and I felt very comfortable working with her. Highly recommended
Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Individual won against big corporation.
Brianna was very helpful in negotiating an exit package after my company put me on a performance plan after returning to work after a medical emergency. I would highly recommend Brianna. She made this process as stress free as possible. Thank you!!!
Posted by IK Wright | May 24, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Executive Administrator
Brianna was referred to me by another lawyer friend and I very pleased that she did!! She was was very timely in responding back to my initial contact, extremely accessible, very knowledgeable about her clients rights, very strategic on how to approach your situation, and very passionate about what she does!! Her energy is extremely positive and supportive She is AWESOME! I pray that I will never have a need for this type of service ever again, but if I do, she will definitely be my person!
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Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
BEST OF THE BEST
Brianna is the best of the best! I highly recommend her for your employment and labor needs. She went above and beyond to negotiate my severance package. 10/10
Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expeditious and Knowledgeable
Brianna is extremely expeditious and knowledgeable. Her sound legal advice, restarted a stalled EEOC mediation and had my original offer increased. She is honest, passionate and, a true great negotiator.
Posted by Mouhamed | April 28, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consulted Attorney
Brianna Williams is the definition of a consummate professional. Her responsiveness, knowledge of the law, ability to assess the situation objectively and give sound legal advice was splendid. I would highly recommend her services.
Posted by Robert | April 28, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely Knowledge and Provides A Balanced Perspective
Brianna absolutely conducted a very balanced review of my situation and provided legal support that ensured that I received a fair and optimal outcome. She gave excellent counsel on the pros and cons of each possible solution.
Posted by Luke | April 28, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best Lawyer to Have on Your Side
Brianna went above and beyond to understand my situation and I would not hesitate to send my close friends and family to her for her representation. She is a true ally to the underrepresented communities and her approach to understanding my background was done very respectfully with kindness and grace. She is a true ally to the LGBTQIA+ community and I would not hesitate to send those in my close community to her for support and representation.
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 33%-45%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder & CEO
  • Mélange | A Williams Firm
  • 2013 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Stokes Wagner Hunt Maretz & Terrell
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Associate
  • Stokes Roberts & Wagner, ALC
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins LLP
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Federal Law Clerk
  • United States District Court in the Middle District of Louisiana for the Honorable Ralph E. Tyson, Chief Judge
  • 2007 - 2009
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Education

  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center
  • JD/BCL
  • 2007
  • Tulane University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Latasha Brown v. American Honda Finance, (ALP)
  • Settled
  • Lamar vs. Think It's A Game Entertainment, et al.
  • Settled

Associations

  • Diversity Leadership Academy - American Institute for Managing Diversity
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Genesis Shelter
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Women's Foodservice Forum
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Georgia Lawyers for the Arts
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • The Recording Academy
  • Voting Member
  • N/A
  • Gate City Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys
  • Vice President of Technology
  • 2011 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Under 40
  • National Bar Association / Impact DC
  • 2010
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Publications

  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Discovery Abuse: Far Too Common in a "Civil" System
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • WFF Regional Connect
  • The Importance of Building Your Personal Brand
  • 2013
  • Keystone National Conference
  • Career Speed Dating
  • 2013
  • CCWC Career Strategies Conference
  • My Life as a Lawyer
  • 2012
  • 84th World Club Mangers Association of America Conference
  • I've Got A Secret...Don't Bet On It!
  • 2012
  • NBA Law and Religion Conference
  • The Church is a Business Too! A Primer on Why Internal Audits are Crucial
  • 2011
  • CMAA Carolinas Chapter Winter Meeting
  • Leadership for Managers
  • 2011
  • Fulton County Daily Report CLE for In House Counsel
  • BP, Challenger, and Internal Audits: How Preventing Small Mistakes Can Avert Big Disasters
  • 2010
  • National Conference of Law Reviews
  • Networking for Career Success
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
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Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Brianna on a couple of cases, and we have consulted with each other about matters numerous times. Brianna is always prepared to represent her clients with vigor and she is well versed in the law. I endorse Brianna Williams."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Ms. Williams for several years. I refer all of my employment inquiries to her. She is an excellent lawyer. Recently I had a client with a criminal and an employment issue and we worked together on the matter to achieve a good result for the client. Ms. Williams is an excellent attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor
Criminal defense
Atlanta Employment and labor Lawyer Brianna Ethereal Williams
Brianna Ethereal Williams
Employment and labor Attorney
Atlanta, GA
Licensed for 15 years
Virtual consultation available