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Gaynell Williams

DUI and DWI Attorney at Gretna, LA

4.9   14 reviews
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State LA
    Acquired 1987
    Eligible to Practice Law No misconduct found

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An aggressive experienced DWI/DUI and Criminal Defense attorney who is dedicated to seeking the best results possible for our clients. Free consultation! Call us today at or visit our website at .


Gaynell Williams, Llc
724 11 Th St
Gretna, LA, 70053-6306
Gaynell Williams, LLC - Appointment Only
1100 Poydras Street
Suite 2900
Orleans, LA, 70163
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4.9 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
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Posted by Michael | February 4, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Attorney Diligent
Ms.Gaynell did a great job on working with my case. My case was unique in many ways, she took the time consult with me and provided great legal representation. I would highly recommend her services and I continue to utilize her services today.
Posted by Mykel | February 15, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Proficient. Compassionate. And intensely considerate, concerning the advocacy of protecting the rights of her clients. Ms. Gaynell Williams undertook my case, I was falsely accused of committing a felony, domestic abuse, and due to the thoroughness of her investigation, aligned with her report forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office, Ms. Williams was successful in securing a total dismissal, without me having to go to trial. I had interviewed several attorneys; Ms. Williams was the only one who listened intently and sympathetically. Her questions pertaining to my situation was thoughtful and thorough. For the first time as it related to my interaction with various attorneys, Ms. Williams displayed a clear understanding, that I was not the perpetrator, but unfortunately, the victim. There are no words that I can tendered, that fully capture my appreciation for all that Ms. Williams did concerning my case. I highly recommend Ms. Gaynell for all legal matters under her purview. Bluntly stated, she fought passionately on my behalf. I am immensely please with her work. An amazing attorney. Thank you, Ms. Gaynell Williams Sincerely, Mykel
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Posted by Robyn | August 9, 2019
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Ms. Williams is AWESOME!
I had what seemed to be a difficult case that seemed to be headed in the wrong direction. Ms. Williams kept communication, she kept me grounded and she helped me to stay positive knowing that we, with all the factual information and all the proof, just needed to let the process work. I was scared and leary, but she told me to stay focused. Then after several months, she found that there were discrepancies and flat out lies against me. After some months, communication with the prosecuting attorney that the case finally was dismissed and she gave me hope in knowing she was on my side. Thank you, Ms. Williams! I definitely will use you in the future if necessary!
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Posted by Jennifer | March 13, 2019
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Sterling Representation
I'm so pleased with the work Ms. Gaynell Williams did for me. Smart and cautious but brave, Ms. Williams' method is to ensure you and she are meticulously well-prepared and in-compliance, then stride into court on the courage of her conviction, her work and her ethics; she guards carefully her good name with both client and court. I genuinely felt we were a team and that I'd hired a worthy and capable team-leader. She saved me from making a lot of mistakes in my case borne of naivete and guided me to ensure my case was also well-covered and above-board on my end: despite my own nervousness, Gaynell Williams made me feel brave too. Hire her and then trust her. Do what she says. Support black businesses. Support black women.
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Posted by Cody | November 29, 2018
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The sweetest most down to earth lawyer that doesn’t judge you or treat anyone badly.
Mrs. Gaynell was, from the moment I walked in terrified and stressed, made me feel welcome and relaxed. She put my mind at ease and made me feel so much better. And then besides that she got my case dropped and did it with style and class. This is the best lawyer you could hire!
Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2018
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Great Attorney!
Mrs Williams was very professional. She was persistent about protecting my innocence at all costs. I was facing life in prison for a very serious offense I was accused of and Mrs Williams took my case with confidence, providing legal and emotional support throughout! As of yesterday my case was refused by the District Attorney’s office due to the hard work done by Mrs Williams on my behalf! I am so very grateful that I hired Mrs Williams, she literally saved my life and I am forever grateful.
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Posted by anonymous | September 16, 2018
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Great Service
Mrs. Williams was referred to me by a close friend and her service was impeccable. The first time I called her office I got the answering service and I left a message. I thought I wouldn’t get a return call until the next day. However, my phone rang minutes later after hanging up with the answering service. She listened very attentively as I explained the situation in which my fiancée and I was involved and agreed to need with my fiancée and me after work the next week. Following our meeting with Mrs. Williams, my fiancé and I felt confident that she could handle our case. After providing Mrs. Williams with a retainer, she gave us a contract which outlined the services she was providing and the fees. Throughout the process Mrs. Williams was always available via email correspondence and replied to messages within 24 hours. I would recommend Mrs. Williams’s office for you legal needs.
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Posted by Alyssa | April 27, 2018
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DUI charge dismissed
I originally hired a different attorney after being falsely charged with a DUI. My first attorney kept trying to convince me to accept diversion and did not think we had a good chance of winning my case. Two weeks before my trial I dropped him and hired Gaynell. Not only did she believe in me as a person, but she believed in my case. She was able to convince the DA to see the evidence for what it was - proof I hadn’t been drinking, and the charge was dropped without having to go to trial. Gaynell is an incredible lawyer and wonderful human being. I highly recommend her!
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Posted by Charleen | June 29, 2017
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Criminal Defence
Our family hired Ms. Williams for my nephew's criminal defense. We were very pleased with the service. Will hire again and again. She is a professional and loyal. She is also highly educated and knowledgeable in the legal system protocols. I definitely would recommend this lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2017
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Excellent and Effective!
Gaynell is a fantastic attorney. Her office is very organized and professional. When we met, she was very familiar with my case and had a game plan that we executed immediately. Gaynell's proactive approach put my mind at ease during the most difficult and desperate time in my life. My license was going to be suspended for a year due to the DWI. But thanks to Gaynell, the prosecutor dropped the DWI and I can get my license back and drive again. She was available and transparent throughout the entire process of resolving my DWI case. Gaynell is a smart, efficient, and effective attorney. If I am ever in trouble again, she will always be my first call.
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Posted by Dale | April 3, 2017
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Family Wills
Mrs Williams consulted, researched, thoroughly questioned us on our thoughts, gave wise insight, answered all of our questions then prepared wills indicating our exact desires. Process was very thorough and "painless" for this very delicate subject matter.
Posted by Ernie | October 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer! Strongly recommended.
I hired Ms. Williams to handle a DUI claim for me. She was great. We won the administrative hearing and I got probation. She is a great lawyer and she knows the law.
Posted by Coye | July 7, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Great Lawyer!!
I met with Ms. Williams concerning legal representation of a criminal matter. She was very matter of fact about the potential outcomes of my case. She did not make any promises. She did not charge for the consultation, which was good.
Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
I sought Ms. Williams help because I heard she did some work with child custody. She told me that she did not handle the type of custody issue I had. The good thing though was that she referred me to someone who could help and that was greatly appreciated.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Gaynell Williams, L.L.C
  • 2009 - Present
  • Chief, Juvenile Division
  • Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Judge
  • 24th Judicial District Court for the Parish of Jefferson
  • 2005 - 2006
  • First Assistant District Attorney
  • District Attorney for Orleans Parish
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • United States Attorney, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • 1992 - 2002
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office
  • 1987 - 1992
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  • Tulane University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • Loyola University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Dismissal of DWI/DUI Charges
  • The Administrative Law Judge overturned the suspension and our client was able to continue driving as a commercial driver. No criminal charges were brought by the District Attorney.


  • Household of Faith
  • Elder
  • 2016 - Present
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Qualified Civil Mediator In the State of Louisiana
  • Mediation Training Company
  • 2020


  • Vandeplas Publishing
  • Louisiana Criminal Law- Cases and Materials
  • 2008
  • Esquire Books
  • Louisiana Code of Evidence, Pocket Manual
  • 2007
  • Loyola Law Review
  • Evidence Update - Fifth Circuit Symposium
  • 1994
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Speaking Engagements

  • Gaynell Williams gave a talk to a DWI Law class at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law on Expungements in DWI cases.
  • Expungements in DWI Cases
  • 2021
  • Lunch and Learn Continuing Legal Education
  • Criminal and Civil Evidence Law Update
  • 2019
  • Loyola College of Law Criminal Law and Skills Class
  • Over of a Criminal Case from Screening to Verdict
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

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Given (14)
Endorse Gaynell
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Williams is a highly skilled trial attorney with decades of experience in the courtroom. She provides her clients with an unparalleled degree of professionalism and quality of representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Williams is an attorney of the highest order and quality and I without hesitation would recommend her in her any of areas of practice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"For criminal defense, I don't think you can do much better than Gaynell. An excellent lawyer. Strongly recommended."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"With great privilege, I endorse Gaynell Williams as one of the top personal injury and criminal defense attorneys in the New Orleans area. I have personally witnessed Gaynell work tirelessly on several cases to get a favorable outcome for her clients. I have also referred many criminal defense customers to Gaynell, and I am always advised that the customer service provided by her office is second to none."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I'm proud to endorse Gaynell Williams as a lawyer who is serious about DUI defense. As a member of The National College for DUI Defense, Gaynell is committed to DUI defense, and will work hard to help you through this stressful situation. If you've been charged with a DUI, call Gaynell and ask for help."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gaynell Williams' experience and knowledge in the fields of criminal law and personal injury make her a strong and zealous advocate for her clients. Several individuals that I have referred to her office have expressed being extremely satisfied with her services and representation. I endorse this lawyer."
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