Melvin Edward Williams

Mel Williams PLC
Contact: (540) 266-7800
Law School: Marshall-Wythe School of Law - College of William and Mary
Jurisdictions: Virginia
4th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court


About Melvin Edward Williams
Admitted to practice law in Virginia in 1998, Mel brings a wealth of litigation experience to clients that includes practice as a prosecutor and working for insurance companies defending lawsuits, to include defending government officials charged with misconduct and violations of civil rights. Now he represents primarily persons initiating lawsuits against the government or their (usually former) employers, persons charged with serious criminal offenses, and persons and businesses involved in regulatory and/or disciplinary proceedings before state or federal administrative/regulatory bodies. Also, he represents persons in serious personal injury matters.

Mel received his Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, from Bridgewater College of Virginia in 1995, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Philosophy/Religion. In 1998, The College of William and Mary's Marshall-Wythe School of Law awarded Mel his law degree, where he served with distinction on the moot court and trial court teams.

In addition to practicing law, Mel is a member of the City of Roanoke's Electoral Board, has served as an Emergency Medical Technician and pastor, and is a certified SCUBA Divemaster. He is married to Pamela "Ela" Fulghum Williams and lives in the City of Roanoke, Virginia.
Practice Areas
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Business Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Criminal Law
  • Employment Law
  • Gov & Administrative Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Constitutional Law
  • General Civil
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
4th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Professional Experience
Partner, Grimes and Williams, P.C.
Partner handling employment, civil rights, and constitutional law cases.
associate attorney, Johnson, Ayers & Matthews, PLC
Associate attorney defending all manner of suits to include personal injury, product defects, workers compensation.
associate attorney, Guynn & Memmer, P.C.
Associate attorney defending suits involving personal injury, workers compensation and civil rights.
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, Bedford County (Va.) Commonwealth's Attorney
Specialized in prosecution of crimes involving minors and internet-based crimes against children.
Marshall-Wythe School of Law - College of William and MaryJ.D.
Bridgewater CollegeB.S.PolSci and Phil/Rel
Honors: Omicron Delta Kappa, ODK Oustanding Service Award, George C. Marshall Scholar, President's Scholar, Lambda Society
Activities: Student Body President; President, Student Ambassador Association
Professional Associations
Member, Virginia State Bar
member, National Employment Lawyers Association
Vice-Chairperson, City of Roanoke Electoral Board
Activities: Oversee elections in the City of Roanoke, Virginia.


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1320 3rd Street, SW
Roanoke, VA 24016
Telephone: (540) 266-7800
Fax: (540) 206-3857