In addition to serving as API’s Director of Policy Strategy, Phil Williams is the managing member of Williams & Associates, LLC, a law firm based in Gadsden, AL. Prior to opening his own firm Phil served as the Chief Operations Officer and General Counsel for TaxBreak, which also had its corporate offices in Gadsden, Alabama. TaxBreak was one of only a handful of Alabama based Inc-500 companies and had clients in all 50 States. Prior to TaxBreak Phil served as a managing partner and trial attorney for the AV-rated civil defense firm of Brunson & Associates where he worked for eight years. His legal experience covers all levels including appellate, and he is admitted to practice in the State and Federal Courts in Alabama. His primary focus in the practice of law is largely in the areas of civil litigation, corporate/municipal/governmental general counsel, as well as a thriving real estate practice.
Prior to practicing law Phil was in full time ministry for seven years with the international youth outreach organization YoungLife. With YoungLife Phil served as an Area Director which involved direct ministry and counseling with teens, recruiting and training volunteers, public speaking, public relations, fund raising and close work with the members of the YoungLife Committee.
Aside from his civilian experience Phil also comes from a family with a long military tradition. He is an Airborne Ranger and retired in July 2017 after 30 years of service with the rank of Colonel (USAR). Phil served two combat tours in the Global War on Terror, one each in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as one tour in the Pentagon on the Army Staff’s Special Operations Division. His service was at all levels with time spent as a Long Range Surveillance Platoon Leader, twice a Company Commander, and various staff positions at Battalion, Group, and Army Staff levels. His last troop leading position was as the Battalion Commander for the 1-167th Infantry known as the “4th Alabama”. His final duty assignment was as a reserve instructor for the Joint Special Operations University, US Special Operations Command.
Each of his experiences has involved considerable management, high level coordination, detailed briefings to senior Officers, Government Officials, and Executives, as well as planning and team building in a variety of environments.
Phil’s education includes a BS from the University of South Alabama and a Juris Doctorate from the Birmingham School of Law. He is also a graduate of the US Army’s Combined Arms and Services Staff School and the US Army Command and General Staff College.
Among his associations and awards are the following: Phil is a member in good standing of the Alabama Bar Association (Alabar); He has been ranked as “AV-Preeminent” as an Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell; a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW); the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA); The National Infantry Association; The Order of St. Maurice; Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International; and the Etowah County Patriots Hall of Honor. In addition he was licensed and ordained to ministry by the Southern Baptist Association. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals, the Meritorious Service Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, the Humanitarian Service Medal, both the Afghan and Iraq Campaign Medals with 3 campaign stars, The Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Wings, the Pathfinder Badge, German Parachutist Wings and the Combat Action Badge.
Phil and his family have lived in Etowah County, Alabama for over twenty-five years. He has been married for 32 years to his wife Charlene – they have two children, Josh and Caitlin – Josh graduated from Auburn University and serves as a Captain (Armor) in the US Army with his wife Anna, and Caitlin is the Public Affairs Specialist for the City of Auburn, Alabama with a Masters from Auburn University.