Lynnette D. Espy-Williams is the Vice-Chair, Office Managing Partner for Cozen O’Connor’s Atlanta office. Ms. Espy-Williams is a Partner in the Commercial Litigation group and handles complex litigation, including matters pertaining to products liability. Ms. Espy-Williams also handles matters pertaining to the health, life, accident, and disability industry and has litigated numerous claims involving coverage issues, punitive damages, and deceptive trade practices claims.
Beyond her work with Cozen O’Connor, Ms. Espy-Williams has used her legal background and leadership skills for the betterment of the Atlanta community. Ms. Espy-Williams is a former President of the Gate City Bar Association, the oldest African-American bar association in the state of Georgia. Gate City’s mission is to create in the community a practical appreciation for the legal profession, to encourage persons of outstanding promise to return to the communities that need their services most, to oppose arbitrary and capricious laws in the state of Georgia, and to uphold and extend the principles of justice in every phase of American life. Under her leadership, Gate City received the Affiliate of the Year award from the National Bar Association. Ms. Espy-Williams is also actively involved with the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, American Bar Association, Atlanta Bar Association, and the Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers. She was also the treasurer for the Young Lawyers Division of the National Bar Association (2010 – 2012).
As if serving in leadership roles for bar associations weren’t enough, Ms. Espy-Williams spends a significant amount of time participating in various pro bono activities and volunteering in the Atlanta community. She has been recognized for her commitment by the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and for her involvement with Perkerson Elementary School reading program, developed to alleviate the problems associated with illiteracy in the Atlanta Public Schools. Ms. Espy-Williams has also been very active as both a committee member and Co-Chair (2011) for the Community Law Clinic, an outreach program which offers free legal consultations to citizens of Atlanta in the areas of criminal, bankruptcy, foreclosure, and family law. Since its inception, the Community Law Clinic has serviced hundreds of members of the community by providing pro bono assistance with respect to various legal issues that perpetually plague Atlantans.
Ms. Espy-Williams’ leadership was recognized when she was included in Georgia Trend Magazines’ 40 Under 40, Atlanta Tribune’s 2015 “Women to Watch,” Savoy Magazine’s 2015 Most Influential Black Lawyers, Georgia Trend Magazines’ Legal Elite, named as a Georgia Rising Star (2012 and 2013) amongst her peers, and was selected as Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “People in the News.” Ms. Espy-Williams is also a member of LEAD Atlanta (2013), the Young Lawyer’s Division of the State Bar of Georgia’s Leadership Academy (2013), New Leaders Council (2013), Outstanding Atlanta (2012), was selected as one of Atlanta’s Power 30 Under 30 (2010), was selected as IMPACT and the National Bar Association’s Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40 and the recipient of the Excellence in Leadership award (2013), was selected by the Young Lawyers Division of the National Bar Association for the Professionalism Award (2013), recipient of the Daily Report’s 2013 On the Rise, and was selected for the 2013 “Hot List” for the Southern Region.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Ms. Espy-Williams graduated from Spelman College, cum laude, with honors in economics. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland where she was a staff member for The Business Lawyer as well as an associate articles editor for the Journal of Business and Technology Law. Following law school, Ms. Espy-Williams served as a judicial intern to Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears of the Supreme Court of Georgia.
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