Since earning his Juris Doctorate in 1970 at the Minnesota Law School, attorney Richard A. Williams Jr. has been dedicated to helping the people of St. Paul, Minnesota and the surrounding cities with employment, disability, discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination law. A Stone Scholar and member of the Law Review during his time at law school, he has pursued a legal career of hard work and determination. After graduation, Mr. Williams served as a judicial clerk for the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota and as a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association. Mr. Williams has acted as an editor for the Developing Labor Law, a prominent publication for lawyers nationwide. He was a chapter editor from 1998 – 2003, an associate editor from 2004 – 2008, as well as a contributor. He was designated a “Super Lawyer” by the Minnesota Law and Politics publication from 1995 to present, and awarded an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

As the founder of R.A.Williams Law Firm, P.A., established in 1998, Richard Williams strives to offer each client a relaxed, informal consultation with ethical, aggressive representation. With 75 percent of the firm’s practice devoted to litigation, he and his team are effective advocates both in and out of the courtroom. They take pride in their reputation as efficient, cost-effective problem solvers. Their key to success has always been attributed to their unflagging dedication, thoroughness and attention to detail in every case.

Outside of the courtroom, Richard Williams is active in his community serving on the City Council, as Mayor, and as a member of various public boards and commissions. He has been the coach for a state’s champion mock trial team.


  • Date of Birth: July 18, 1943 in Hibbing, Minnesota
  • University of Minnesota
  • B.A., 1965; J.D., 1970
  • Stone Scholar, 1968 – 1969
  • Member, University of Minnesota Law Review, 1968 – 1970
  • R.A. Williams Law Firm P.A. 1998 to present / Shareholder, CEO
  • Hvass Weisman & King Chartered, 1971 – 1997 / Shareholder, President
  • United States District Court, District of Minnesota, 1970 – 1971 /
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Earl R. Larson
  • Minnesota District Court, 1971
  • Minnesota Supreme Court, 1971
  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, 1971
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 1972
  • United States Supreme Court, 1979
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates 1991-2015
  • Fellow of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers 1997-present
  • International Society of Barristers 1998-2015
  • Best Lawyers in Minnesota, 1995 – 2005, American Research Corporation
  • Mr. Williams is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education Seminars and professional meetings. These include: Annual Symposia; trial practice seminars; alternative dispute resolution seminars (directed at both neutrals and advocates); ABA annual and midwinter meeting seminars; he has prepared papers and articles on substantive law for the ABA Annual Convention, Continuing Legal Education seminars and professional publications. He has been course developer and lead lecturer for American Bar Association and Minnesota Continuing Legal Education courses.
  • Mock Trial Coach, South High School, 1993 – 1997 (State Champions 1995)
  • Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers-Board member, 1990 to 2010 (Chair, 1998 – 1999)
  • Board Member – 510 Groveland Associates, 1994 – 2000
  • Board Member – Friends of Loring Park, 1997 – 2000
  • Sunfish Lake City Council member, 2002-2012 (MAYOR 2010-2012, MAYOR 2017-2018)
  • Board Member - Lower Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, 2002-2012, 2015-present
  • Board Chairman – Lower Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, 2006 - 2012

Serving St. Paul, Minnesota

R.A.Williams Law Firm, P.A. proudly serves St.Paul, Arden Hills, Roseville, New Brighton, Shoreview, Bloomington, St. Cloud, Anoka, Stillwater, Oakdale, West St. Paul, Mendota Heights, Rosemount, Duluth, Grand Rapids, Mankato, Woodbury, Brooklyn Park, Coon Rapids, Edina, Eden Prairie, Plymouth, Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Apple Valley, Eagan, Burnsville, Owatonna and Faribault, as well as all of Ramsey County, Hennepin County, Dakota County, Washington County and Anoka County, Minnesota.

Practice Areas

R.A.Williams Law Firm, P.A. is dedicated to serving St. Paul and the surrounding cities in legal services pertaining to employment law and litigation, including contracts and agreements, disability insurance, arbitration and mediation.

Published Works

  • Inequitable Disqualification from Unemployment Insurance in Minnesota – Volume 54 University of Minnesota Law Review 1321
  • The Developing Labor Law 1998 –2012. Chapter Editor, Associate Editor, Assistant Editor and Contributor
  • Numerous papers in conjunction with acting as faculty for seminars at the national, regional and local levels
  • The University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • J.D. – 1970
  • Honors: Stone Scholarship Tutorial Program, 1968 – 1969
  • Law Review: University of Minnesota Law Review, Member, 1968 – 1970
  • The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • B.A. – 1965
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Minnesota State Bar, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Member
  • Minnesota State Bar, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Member
  • Minnesota State Bar, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Vice-Chairman, 1981 – 1982
  • Minnesota State Bar, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Chairman, 1982 – 1983
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Co-Chairman, Committee on Commercial Litigation, 1984 – 1985
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Co-Chair, Committee on Employment Law, 1993 – 1994
  • American Bar Association, Co-Chair, Committee of Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • American Bar Association, Co-Chair, Labor and Employment Law Section, Annual Meeting, CLE
Honors and Awards
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 1992 –present
  • International Society of Barristers 1998 – present
  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers 1998 – present
  • Minnesota Law and Politics “super lawyer” 1995 – present
  • AV rated by Martindale Hubbell
Employment History
  • R.A.Williams Law Firm, P.A., Founding Shareholder, 1998 – present
  • Hvass Weisman & King, Chtd., 1971 – 1998
  • United States District Court, District of Minnesota, Hon. Earl R. Larson, Law Clerk, 1970 – 1971
R.A.Williams Law Firm, P.A. is located in St. Paul, Minnesota and offers services throughout the Twin Cities.
Call (651) 848-0280 to arrange a consultation with an experienced employment contract lawyer.

Contact Us

R.A.Williams Law Firm, P.A
Phone: (651) 848-0280
Fax: (651) 848-0282

2400 County Road D West Suite 110
St. Paul, MN 55112