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About me

I founded the Law Office of Joshua R. Williams to seek justice for people who were harmed by others.


I grew up in Oakland, California, and have also lived in New Jersey, Chicago, Milwaukee, Des Moines, and Kansas City.



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Practice areas


  1. Employment: 80%
  2. Civil Rights: 20%



Hourly ($250-375/hour), contingent (25-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Benjamin James Lucas

    Josh is a brilliant litigator who makes a habit of playing chess while the other side plays checkers. Straight shooter. Highly recommend to anyone who has suffered a civil rights violation.


    Benjamin Lucas Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

  • Rachel Therese Schromen

    Josh has a a passion and commitment to advocating for his clients that is largely unrivaled in the legal community. Not only is Josh a highly competent and talented attorney, but he is also down to earth and enjoyable to work with. I refer any individuals with civil rights issues to him without any hesitation.


    Rachel Schromen Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law Office of Joshua R. Williams, PLLC

2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN, 55408


MNAuthorized to practice200807/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super Lawyers-2014 Rising StarsMpls. St. Paul Magazine, Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine, Twin Cities Business Magazine, SuperLawyers.com2014
Attorney of the YearMinnesota Lawyer2014
Antonia “D.J.” Miller Award for Advancement of Human RightsUniversity of Iowa2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalJRW Law2009 - Present
Associate AttorneyFredrikson & Byron2008 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Gender JusticeBoard Member2012 - Present
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2010 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Hennepin County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Minneapolis Commission on Civil RightsCommissioner2009 - 2012
Restorative Justice Community ActionBoard Member2009 - 2012
Federal Bar AssociationMember2008 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Foreman, et al. v. Johnson, et al.Settlement for over $500,000
Lee v. MaciasSettlement for $68,000
Pruitt v. Anderson, et al.Settlement for $90,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
Minnesota Spokesman-RecorderCan my employer fire me for no good reason?2010
Minnesota Spokesman-RecorderCan I sue the police for false arrest2010
Intellectual Property Today“Business as Usual in Eastern District of Texas following Federal Circuit’s Order In Re TS Tech,” co-authored with Lora Friedemann2009
Journal of Gender, Race and Justice“The ‘War on Education’: The Negative Impact of the No Child Left Behind Act Testing Requirement on Inner-City Public Schools, Students and Teachers”2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Iowa College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
University of Missouri, ColumbiaCommunicationBA - Bachelor of Arts2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Employment Law 60: The 60 Cases Every Employment Lawyer Should Know Inside and OutFamily and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)2014
Starting Your Own Solo or Small FirmHanging your Shingle – Where Should You Office, and What Will it Cost?2013
How to Start and Build a Successful Law PracticeChallenges in Starting Your Firm and How to Overcome Them2013
Starting Your Own Solo or Small Firm PracticeChallenges in Starting Your Firm and How to Overcome Them2012
How to Start and Build a Successful Law PracticeHow Do I Get Clients2012
Getting to Know Your Muslim ClientsElimination of Bias2011