Kenneth Williams

Kenneth Williams

Criminal Law | Family Law |Arbitration

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Areas of Practice

  • Arbitration
  • Consumer Injury Law
  • Consumer Protection
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • General Business Law
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury

Bar and Court Admission

  • Florida
  • United States District Court Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court Northern District of Florida


  • Juris Doctorate,  University of Florida 
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Oakwood College 

Professional Associations

  • Governor’s Safe Street Summit
    Committee Member, 01/93-12/93
  • Governor’s Task Force Review of the Criminal Justice and Corrections System
    Task Force Member, 06/93-06/94
  • Florida Bar, Juvenile Rules Committee
    Committee Member, 07/92-07/96
  • Florida Bar, American Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • National Bar Association 

A former county and circuit court judge for more than twenty-four years, Attorney Ken Williams served in the State Attorney’s office between March 1979 to June 1986. While working there he developed and handled a special division, Child Abuse Division, that prosecuted child abuse cases in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. In addition to those duties, he continued to handle a full division, prosecuting serious felonies, including, kidnap, sexual battery, and murder cases. While doing so, he earned a reputation of being a firm but fair prosecutor.

In June 1986, he was appointed to the county court bench by then-Governor Bob Graham. He served in that capacity until September 1990 when he resigned to run for the circuit court bench. He was overwhelmingly elected to the circuit bench in November 1990 and was unopposed during four subsequent elections.

While on the bench, Ken Williams served in every division and area of the law, handling over 20,000 cases during his tenure. He performed distinguished service, especially in the area of Family Law, and was invited by the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar to write a chapter and lecture for the Marital and Family Law Certification and Review Course, in 2009.

He was appointed by Governor Graham to serve on several statewide committees and task forces, including, Governor’s Task Force for the Review of the Criminal Justice and Corrections Systems, Governor’s Safe Street Summit, Florida Bar, Family Section, Bounds of Advocacy Committee, and the Florida Bar Rules of Judicial Administration Committee.

He served, for twenty years, as an adjunct professor of law for then, Pensacola Junior college [now Pensacola State University] teaching the subjects: Evidence and Forensic Science. He has given hundreds of lectures on various topics of the law.

As a trial attorney and trial judge, he has tried and presided over thousands of civil and criminal cases from simple misdemeanor and traffic infractions to complex personal injury and products liability cases. He has done so with unsurpassed prescience and perspicacity. He has demonstrated an indefatigable work ethic and adroit legal abilities.








Coronavirus plus the necessity of quarantine has caused unusual congestion throughout our judicial system. An unpleasant side effect of this congestion is inordinate delay in obtaining court time for lengthy hearings and trials. Judges and their staffs in the Ninth Judicial Circuit are working hard to catch up, but the volume of new cases filed every day tends to frustrate their best efforts. This situation confronts every trial attorney with the risk of losing witnesses, incurring additional investigative costs, and consoling clients unhappy with the delay in achieving just resolution of their claims. Of equal importance is the inevitable delay in your receiving fees so necessary for maintaining staff and general office facilities as mandated by the Florida Bar.

Florida Statute 44.104 allows litigators and clients the opportunity to utilize the skills of both practicing attorneys and retired Judges. Except for the few limitations set forth in F.S. 44.104(14), the private trial procedure is virtually unlimited in scope. The designated private judge has almost all the powers of a Circuit Court Judge and the final judgment is fully enforceable.

In a private hearing/trial, due to the dramatically reduced caseload, the judge’s day is fully available to the parties, thus making it more likely the issues can be dealt with quickly thereby allowing the parties to focus their energy towards reaching a final resolution more quickly. Swift resolution will probably reduce the cost of the litigation, savings which will, more likely than not, outweigh the expense of retaining the services of a private judge. Utilization of our private judges avoids the inordinate congestion at the Courthouse, achieves greater privacy, reduces the chance of losing witnesses, and incurring unnecessary fees for expert witnesses. Of equal, if not greater, importance is reducing the possibility of contracting the dreaded novel coronavirus!


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