As an Army Ranger, Mickey Williams knows how to fight for what he believes in. The same discipline, work ethic and tenacity that drove Mr. Williams as a war fighter is what drives him in the courtroom today as a passionate and devoted military justice defense attorney. To be blunt: Mr. Williams is the Service Member’s Attorney. He understands what it feels like to risk life and limb defending America only to be labeled a criminal and pariah by command at the mere mention of an allegation.
As a trial attorney, Mr. Williams has been described as a “rock star with an uncanny ability to relate to his audience with vivid and convincing story telling.” After a recent case, Mr. Williams was told by a veteran JAG attorney that his closing argument was “the best I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been doing this a long time.” In describing Mr. Williams’s trial skills, a fellow colleague simply stated: “You can’t teach what he can do.”
“One of the major problems with the military justice system today is how quickly a service member’s command will turn on them under the pressure of even a baseless allegation. In today’s environment, Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines are flagged, removed from the promotion list, suspended from duty, and stripped of their reputations seamlessly overnight. One day they’re viewed as productive members of their unit and the next day he or she is treated like garbage. This is not right and these service members owe it to themselves to fight back and to fight back with everything they’ve got.” — Mickey Williams, Esq.
Immediately after graduating High School in 2002, Mr. Williams joined the Army as an 11B, Infantryman under a Ranger Regiment contract. He survived the grueling rigors of basic training in the hot and balmy weather of Fort Benning, GA. After basic training he went to Airborne school, jumped out of perfectly good airplanes, and trained for his biggest test at that time: the Ranger Indoctrination Program (RIP), now known as the Ranger Assessment and Selection Phase (RASP). Out of 200 initial RIP candidates, only 34 remained on graduation day: Mr. Williams made it.
Shortly after graduation, he was then assigned to B Company, 1st Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. While at the Ranger Regiment, Mr. Williams went on four combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. He participated in over 100 combat missions to include the initial invasion of Iraq, the rescue of POW Jessica Lynch, and the capture of dozens of terrorists. He also knew and served with CPL Pat Tillman the former NFL legend who sacrificed his life for his country while at the 75th Ranger Regiment. Additionally, Mr. Williams obtained his Ranger Tab, Combat Infantry Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Expert Infantry Badge. He has operated closely with SOCOM forces such as the Navy SEALs, Green Berets, Air Force Pararescue (PJ), and Delta Force. This unique experience has given Mr. Williams a special insight and understanding of Military Service Members and the problems they face overseas both from the enemy and the legal system. More importantly, however, it gives him a mental edge over his opponents whose toughest days were spent in Tactical Operations Centers (TOC) pushing pencils and drinking bad coffee.
In 2006, Mr. Williams ended his enlisted career and attended the University of Oregon where he earned his bachelor’s degree. Following college, Mr. Williams attended the Willamette University College of Law where he excelled. In commenting on Mr. Williams’s abilities, one his professor stated: “He has a natural ability to advocate and speak persuasively that sets him apart from his peers. And, maybe it’s because of his Ranger training, he was the only student who could look me in the eye.” He became a member of the Oregon State Bar in 2013.
After passing the Bar exam, Mr. Williams commissioned into the United States Army Judge Advocates General (JAG) Corps. He was assigned to Fort Lee, Virginia where he was selected to practice in Military Justice as a Prosecutor.
Mr. Williams was also appointed by the Military Judge as a Part-Time Military Magistrate. As a military magistrate, Mr. Williams presided over pre-trial confinement hearings and issued warrants for seizing or searching for evidence. He also was tasked with analyzing whether law enforcement could arrest soldiers for alleged misconduct. Mr. Williams also served as an Article 32 Investigating Officer, legal advisor for 15-6 and FLIPL investigators, and regularly provided legal advice to a Brigade Commander and Brigadier General.
As a prosecutor, Mr. Williams impressed judges and superiors alike with his litigation skills, but the work bothered him. He viewed the military justice system as oppressive and completely one-sided. What was more, the Soldier’s defense attorneys were either overworked, inexperienced, apathetic to their client’s needs, or all of the above. After three years, Mr. Williams had enough and requested a transfer to be a defense attorney. His request was granted and he was sent to the busiest legal jurisdiction in the United States Army: Fort Campbell, KY. He practiced there as a Defense Attorney and achieved stunning results for cases which included charges for murder, sex assault, serious assault and battery cases, domestic violence and all cases covering the spectrum of charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).
As a civilian defense attorney, Mr. Williams has the freedom to challenge an arrogant prosecutor and brutally cross-examine their witnesses regardless of rank, and he often does.
Mickey Williams began his military career as an E-1, Private. He conquered every challenge the Army through at him. He has served his country honorably, and now wants to continue to do so by defending those who cannot defend themselves. Mickey Williams is the Service Member’s Attorney.
**licensed to practice in ALL MILITARY COURTS and Member of the State Bar of Oregon.