Theodore N. Williams, Jr.
Theodore Nathaniel Williams, Jr. passed away on November 2, 2015. He is sorely missed by his family, friends, colleagues and the community, as his integrity, strength and work ethic led him to be a tireless and trusted advocate, partner, colleague, boss, mentor and friend.
Ted Williams was engaged in the practice of law since 1981. He had an active general civil practice involving representation of various institutions in the Muskegon County area as well as representing individuals in various types of litigation. He engaged in employment, personal injury and discrimination litigation. He also represented clients in labor relations matters, including contract negotiations, arbitration, mediation and unfair labor practice proceedings. Some of his clients included the City of Muskegon Heights, the County of Muskegon, the Muskegon Oceana Community Action Partnership (MOCAP), the Muskegon Heights Housing Commission, and the Muskegon Heights Public Schools. He also served as a Special Assistant Attorney General on behalf of the Michigan Department of Transportation.
Throughout his career, Ted Williams remained an active member of the community. He was a member of the Urban League, serving on its board and as its president. He was the founding president of the Muskegon Heights Jaycees, and served as a member of the Public Utility Rate Commission, the Muskegon Catholic Social Services Board and the Michigan Employment Security Advisory Council. He was also a member of the Muskegon County Bar Association, the Michigan Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers, the American Bar Association and the National Bar Association.
Ted Williams was a graduate of Muskegon Heights High School, before receiving a bachelor’s degree at Western Michigan University. He earned a master’s degree in psychology from Pennsylvania State University before obtaining his law degree from Wayne State University. He was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan on February 9, 1981, and was also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan.
In his office at Williams Hughes, PLLC, hung two quotes from Vincent Lombardi, both of which illustrate his dedication and depth of character:
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.”
“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”
Ted Williams inspired those around him with his strength of will and his commitment to excellence. Williams Hughes, PLLC mourns his loss, and extends its deepest condolences to his family and friends.