With broad experience handling criminal cases from investigation through trial and appeal, Bret R. Williams represents corporate and individual clients in inquiries and investigations by federal authorities, the U.S. Department of Justice, state attorneys general, and local prosecutors, in all stages of white-collar criminal litigation in federal, state, and local courts. His services range from advising targets of grand jury investigations and witnesses who must appear before them, to guiding clients through the indictment, pretrial, and negotiation phases and representing clients at trial and on appeal.

Having handled multiple criminal trials before federal courts in Georgia and New York, Bret R. Williams is a formidable oral advocate. He uses his appellate expertise at the trial court level to provide strategic advice to clients and to argue complex issues of law, ensuring that legal issues that arise at trial are developed and preserved for appeal, if necessary.

Moreover, the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees criminal defendants the right to a lawyer. To effectuate this right, the Criminal Justice Act provides for legal representation to any individual who is financially incapable of retaining counsel.  I am honored to have been selected to serve on the Criminal Justice Act panels for the United States District Courts for the Northern (Atlanta) and Middle (Macon) Districts of Georgia.


Finally, if you have been previously convicted of a crime, the United States Constitution provides the possibility of clemency and forgiveness. A commutation of sentence reduces a sentence, either totally or partially, that is then being served. A pardon is an expression of the President’s forgiveness. This power can bring your loved one home, giving him back to you and avoiding years of prison. The landscape of criminal law can be difficult and dangerous. Let Bret help you so that a small mistake doesn't become a lasting mishap.