Dean Williams ADA

A brutal and ruthless public servant, prosecuting criminals to the fullest extent of the law, and then some



He quickly established himself as a more unconventional, ruthless litigator than his predecessor, Ben Stone; he often bends—and sometimes breaks—trial rules to get convictions, finds impossibly tenuous rationales for charging defendants with crimes when the original charges fail to stick, charges innocent people to frighten them into testifying against others, and makes passionate closing arguments.

While his is a brilliant legal mind, Williams possesses more than a few personal demons. He was abused by his father, an Irish Chicago cop who had also beat his mother, and who eventually died of cancer; he also represses such negative memories. David has also stated that his determination and unyielding work ethic came from his father’s harsh punishments for losing. He also revealed that his father was a racist who once hit his son for dating a Polish girl. Dean occasionally takes cases personally, especially when they involve racism or child abuse.

Williams has been divorced twice (one ex-wife having been a former assistant) and has an adult daughter, Rebecca.

Dean Williams ADA

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