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Nathan S. Williams

Nathan S. Williams

Federal Defense in South Carolina.
  • White Collar Crime, Criminal Law
  • Michigan, South Carolina
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Biography

My firm focuses on federal and state criminal defense. Before I opened my firm I spent 13 years at the U.S. Attorney's Office in the District of South Carolina, where I was the Criminal Chief, supervising all of the federal criminal cases in the state. I had also tried several complex cases while there, including two death penalty cases, with one of them being against Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof. I had also prosecuted several complex corporate fraud cases, as well as major drug trafficking cases. And prior to my federal experience, I had spent ten years working as a state prosecutor. I focus my practice of complex federal defense work, where I have the most experience, and where I have had the most success.

Education
University of Detroit Mercy
J.D. (1998) | Law
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Hope College
B.A. (1995) | Double Major, English and Philosopy
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Professional Experience
Founding Attorney
Law Offices of Nathan S Williams, Mt. Pleasant SC
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Our firm focuse on federal criminal defense. Our founding attorney has 24 years of legal experience, including thirteen years as a federal prosecutor and ten years as a state prosecutor. He was the Criminal Chief at the United States Attorney's Office, where he supervised all federal criminal cases in the State of South Carolina. As a federal prosecutor, he tried Charleston, SC church shooter Dylann Roof, obtaining a death penalty verdict. He has tried complex white collar cases, including corporations and their officers. He left the U.S. Attorney's Office in 2022 to begin his own practice, where he focuses on White Collar criminal defense and the defenst of companies and individuals facing federal investigations, process or charges.
Criminal Chief
United States Attorney's Office, District of South Carolina
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Nathan Williams worked as a federal prosecutor for over 13 years. He was both the branch manager of the Charleston, SC, office and later the Criminal Chief for the District of South Carolina United States Attorney's Office. As a prosecutor he tried two death penalty cases, both which resulted in death penalty verdicts. The first was the hate crime prosecution of Dylann Roof, who murdered nine parishioners of Mother Emanuel AME church in Charelston, SC, becaus of their race. The second was the prosecution of Brandon Council, who murdered two CresCom bank employees during a daytime robbery in Conway, SC. Nathan also prosecuted complex financial crimes, which included corporations and their officers.
Team Leader
9th Circuit Solicitor's Office, Charleston SC
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Nathan Williams was a state prosecutor in Charleston, SC for over five years. In that time he tried complex violent crimes including Murder and Armed Robbery. He also prosecuted vehicular homicide cases and Felony DUI cases.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Eaton County Prosecutor's Office, Lansing, Michigan
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Nathan was an Assistant Prosecutor handling misdemeanor cases as well as felony driving offenses such as DUI involving death.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Montcalm County Prosecutor's Office, Stanton, MI
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Nathan was an Assistant Prosecutor who handled midemeanor charges, family neglect petitions, family support cases and felony violent crimes.
Publications
Articles & Publications
Victims, Terrorists and the Scales of Justice
United States Attorneys' Bulletin
Speaking Engagements
Investigation and Prosecution of Dylann Roof, United States Attorney's Conference, Virtual
United States Department of Justice
Presented to Civil Rights subcommittee of United State's Attorneys on the prosecution of Dylann Roof.
Investigating and Prosecuting Federal Hate Crimes, Charleston School of Law Summer Honors Program, Charleston, SC
Charleston School of Law
Presented to Honor Students the legal issues that arose in the investigation and prosecution of U.S. v. Dylann Roof.
Crisis Response in United States v. Dylann Roof, United States Postal Inspection Service Leadership Meeting, Charleston, SC
United States Postal Inspector
Presented to senior executives of the Postal Inspection Service on the crisis response to mass shootings.
Prosecuting White Supremacy: A Case Study, Institute for Innovatin in Prosecution Special Event, Virtual
Institute for Innovation in Prosecution
Presented to prosecutors, defense attorneys and the public on the hate crime prosecution of Dylann Roof.
Face of Hate, Prosecuting Hate Crimes, Face of Hate Symposium, St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA
St. Vincent College
Presented to students, faculty and public about the investigation and prosecution of Dylann Roof.
Crisis Response in United States v. Dylann Roof, Wisconsin Conterterrorism Conference, Milwaukee, WI
United States Attorney's Office, District of Wisconsin
Presented to Anti-Terrorism agents and prosecutors on the prosecution of domestic terrorism cases.
Crisis Response in United States v. Dylann Roof, National Security Symposium on Reacting to and Managing Terrorist Events, Columbia, SC
United States Department of Justice
Spoke on crisis response to mass shootings.
Crisis Response in United States v. Dylann Roof, Myrtle Beach Summit on Effective Law Enforcement Communication, Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach Police Department
Presented to local law enforcement officers the challenges presented in responding to, investigating and prosecuting a mass shooting.
Investigation and Prosecution of Dylann Roof, Capital Litigation Seminar, Columbia, SC
United States Department of Justice
Presented to federal prosecutors involved in capital prosecutions on the steps taken in the investigation and prosecution of Dylann Roof.
Capital Prosecution of Dylann Roof, Association of Government Lawyers in Capital Litigation Annual Conference, Washington, DC
Association of Government Lawyers in Capital Litigation
Presented to federal and state prosecutors the challenges and complexities of investigating and trying a federal death penalty case.
Victim Services in Response to Mass Shootings, 19th Annual Southern States Victim Assistance Conference, Nashville, TN
Southern States Victim Assistance Committee
Presented to federal and state victim advocates the challenges faced with victim services in United States v. Dylann Roof
Investigating Passport and Visa Fraud, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Fraud Detection and National Security Training, Charleston, SC
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Provided training and presented on the prosecution of passport and visa fraud.
A Case Study in Crisis Management Response, United States v. Dylann Roof, The Utah National Security and Anti-Terrorism Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah
United States Attorney's Office, District of Utah
Presented to state and federal anti-terrorism agents on the crisis response to a mass shooting in United States v. Roof
Dylann Roof Case Study, FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit Coordinators Symposium, Charleston, SC
FBI
Presented challenges in United States v. Dylann Roof to FBI Behavioral Analysts.
Crisis Response and Prosecution of Dylann Roof, Eastern District of Oklahoma Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council Training, Muskogee, Oklahoma
United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Oklahoma
Presented the challenges of prosecuting a mass shooting to federal and state anti-terrorism agents and prosecutors.
Case Study in Domestic Terrorism: Dylann Roof, DOJ Domestic Terrorism Executive Meeting, Washington, DC
United States Department of Justice
Presented to a DOJ subcommittee the aspects of the Dylann Roof case relating to domestic terrorism.
Investigation and Prosecution of Dylann Roof, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Hate Crimes Conference, Birmingham, AL
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Presented to academics and community members on the investigation and prosecution of Dylann Roof.
Emergency Preparedness and Crisis Management, First Assistant United States Attorneys' Conference, Columbia, SC
United States Department of Justice
Presented to United States Attorneys' Offices executives on the administrative challenges of responding to a mass shooting.
Testimony Best Practices, FBI Cellular Analysis and Survey Team Certification, Los Angeles, CA
FBI
Assisted FBI Agents on training to be experts on cell site data and identifying the location of a cellular device based on cell site data.
Crisis Management in United States v. Roof, Crisis Management Coordinators' Conference, Columbia, SC
United States Department of Justice
Presented on the challenges presented in responding to and investigating a mass shooting.
Federal Drug Court Best Models, Prevention, Reentry and Outreach Seminar, Columbia, SC
United States Deparment of Justice
Presented to federal prosecutors on the processes involved in the BRIDGE court federal drug court program in the District of South Carolina.
Animal Fighting in South Carolina, Wildlife Investigators' Conference, Charleston, SC
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Trained state and federal wildlife investigators on the procedural aspects on investigating and prosecuting animal fighting cases.
“Search Warrants: A Sliding Scope.”, Federal Courts Law Review Symposium, Charleston, SC
Charleston School of Law
Presented to law students and academics regarding the use of search warrants to obtain cellular data and how that information is used in prosecutions.
Human Trafficking in South Carolina, Southeast Regional Security and Intelligence Conference, Charleston, SC
Department of Homeland Security
Presented on challenges to investigations into Human Trafficking with FBI and Homeland Security agents.
Awards
Exemplary Service in United States v. Council
United States Attorney's Office, District of South Carolina
Awarded for the death penalty prosecution of Brandon Council who murdered two CresCom bank employees during a robbery.
Mother Emanuel Leadership Award
Mother Emanuel AME Church
Received award for efforts at prosecuting Dylann Roof.
Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award for U.S. v. Roof
United States Attorney General
Presented for the death penalty prosecution of Dylann Roof.
Team Award
United States Attorney's Office, District of South Carolina
Awarded for team effort in the investigation of Dylann Roof.
Outstanding Victim Services
United States Attorney's Office, District of South Carolina
Awarded for exceptional efforts at representing crime victims.
Professional Associations
South Carolina State Bar  # 72256
Member
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State Bar of Michigan  # P58960
Member
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Michigan
State Bar of Michigan
ID Number: P58960
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South Carolina
South Carolina Bar
ID Number: 72256
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Practice Areas
    White Collar Crime
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Languages
  • English
Websites & Blogs
Website
Law Offices of Nathan S. Williams
Contact & Map
Law Offices of Nathan S Williams
Mount Pleasant
260 W. Coleman Blvd., Suite B
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Telephone: (843) 473-7000
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)
Notice: Available weekends and nights by appointment.