Attorneys

Jonathan L. Williams

Jonathan L. Williams

Equity Partner

AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence 2020

Biography

Jonathan L. Williams is a partner at DeCotiis. He joined the firm in 1990 and is a member of the Municipal, Litigation and Public Procurement practice groups.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Williams served as Deputy Attorney General in charge of Civil Litigation for the State of New Jersey until 1989. He has broad experience in matters pertaining to civil litigation involving state and local entities, public representation, development of public/private partnerships for public facilities, negotiation of complex transaction agreements for public agencies as well as public procurement and contracting.

Mr. Williams has served as General Counsel to the Union County Utilities Authority, Passaic County Utilities Authority and the Union County Improvement Authority as well as Special Counsel to the Hudson County Improvement Authority, the Middlesex County Improvement Authority, the Essex County Improvement Authority, the Mercer County Improvement Authority, the County of Union, the County of Monmouth and the County of Morris. He also has extensive experience in municipal law and redevelopment law. Mr. Williams previously served as Director of Law and Town Attorney for the municipalities of Morristown and Marlboro. He currently serves as General Counsel to the City of Elizabeth Board of Education.

As Counsel to the State of New Jersey and various county and local public agency clients, Mr. Williams has attended public meetings, drafted resolutions, supervised complex procurement documents and contracts and has been involved in the development of public/private partnership agreements for various county and local facilities. He developed and supervised the complete restructuring of the Union County, New Jersey Solid Waste Management Plan. Mr. Williams has extensive litigation experience in the state and Federal courts.

Mr. Williams graduated from Ohio Northern University with a B.A. in 1971. He received his J.D. from Ohio Northern University College of Law in 1975, where he was Associate Editor of the Law Review.

Education

  • Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, Ada, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1975
    • Honors: Associate Editor of the Law Review
  • Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio
    • B.A. - 1971

Bar Admission

  • New Jersey, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1975
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey

Practice Areas

  • Municipal
  • Litigation
  • Public Procurement

Representative Clients

  • Union County Utilities Authority

Past Positions

  • Civil Litigation for the State of New Jersey, Deputy Attorney General, 1989
  • Union County Utilities Authority, General Counsel
  • Passaic County Utilities Authority, General Counsel
  • Union County Improvement Authority, General Counsel
  • Hudson County Improvement Authority, Special Counsel
  • Middlesex County Improvement Authority, Special Counsel
  • Essex County Improvement Authority, Special Counsel
  • Mercer County Improvement Authority, Special Counsel
  • County of Union, Special Counsel
  • County of Monmouth, Special Counsel
  • County of Morris, Special Counsel

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Omicron Delta Kappa