Rachael K. Williams
Rachael K. Williams is an associate attorney in SMGQ Law’s Civil Litigation Practice Group. Ms. Williams graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law in December 2014 with a focus in business law. While pursuing her Juris Doctor, she earned her Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in Mergers and Acquisitions, from the University of Miami School of Business. Ms. Williams was admitted to the Florida Bar in April 2015. Prior to her bar admission, she worked as a law clerk for the Family Law Practice Group at SMGQ Law for over a year while attending the University of Miami School of Law and School of Business.
Ms. Williams was a member of the University of Miami Business Law Review, and her case note entitled, How Growing Legislation Geared Towards Restricting America’s Expanding Waist Lines is Restricting Consumer Choice, was published in Volume 22, Issue 2 of the Business Law Review. As a student, she worked as a legal research assistant and legal intern at the University of Miami Investor Rights Clinic, where she represented under-served investors in securities arbitration claims against their brokers before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Her excellent legal research work was acknowledged in Professor Teresa Verges’ Cardozo Law Review article, Opening the Floodgates of Small Customer Claims in FINRA Arbitration: FINRA v. Charles Schwab & Co., and Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association Article, Cross-Jurisdictional Considerations in a Nationwide FINRA Arbitration Practice.
She was the proud recipient of the Priscilla Jewett Schneller Scholarship for 2013-14, the George Patterson Endowed Scholarship awarded at the Dean’s discretion for 2014-15, and the Marion E. Sibley Scholarship for 2014-15 from the School of Law. She was also awarded the Graduate Business School Scholarship for 2012-14 and the Bank of America Endowed Scholarship for 2013-14 from the School of Business. As a law student, she served as Vice President of the Federalist Society, where she helped host such respected speakers as former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton.
In 2013 and 2014, she was one of a select group of students chosen to represent the School of Law as a student member of the Spellman-Hoeveler Chapter of the American Inns of Court. She dedicated the summer after her first year of law school to working at the U.S. Southern Command in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, where she obtained a United States Government Security Clearance. Ms. Williams also had the pleasure of working on the Honorable Spencer Eig’s successful reelection campaign as a campaign coordinator.
Ms. Williams is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture with a minor in Law, Technology and Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). She works hard every day in memory of her father, Jesse Charles Williams III, to whom she owes much of her success.