Williams Wilson
Thornton Williams

Alliance Center
119 South Monroe Street
Suite 200
Tallahassee, Florida 32301

Phone: (850) 224-3999
Cellular: (850) 294-6514
Facsimile: (850) 224-0099

Governmental Law
Administrative Law
Transportation Law
Public-Private Partnerships
Executive and Legislative

Florida Agricultural and
Mechanical University

Tallahassee, Florida 1977
Bachelor of Science, Physics

Florida State University
College of Law

Tallahassee, Florida 1981
Juris Doctorate

Thornton J. Williams received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in 1977, and his Juris Doctorate from Florida State University in 1981.  While attending Florida State University Law School, he was awarded Best Team in the Southern Regional Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition and interned with Florida Supreme Court Justice Joe Boyd.
Mr. Williams is the managing partner of Williams Law Group, P.A.  He has practiced governmental and administrative law for over 20 years.  Mr. Williams practices in the areas of executive and legislative lobbying and transportation and governmental law.  Mr. Williams has had an extensive legal career in Florida's government, beginning in 1982 as an Assistant State Attorney prosecuting criminal cases in the Felony Division of the Second Judicial Circuit.  He also served as an Assistant General Counsel to the Governor of Florida, as a Staff Attorney and Deputy General Counsel for the Department of Business Regulation, and also served on Governor Bush’s Transition Team.  Mr. Williams left the Department of Business Regulation in 1990 to become General Counsel for the Florida Department of Transportation, serving in that capacity until 1996.
In over six years with the FDOT, Mr. Williams actively participated in policy deliberations, contract negotiations and high profile litigation.  Mr. Williams was also responsible for the cost recovery areas for FDOT.  Between 1990-1996, FDOT was exposed to approximately $10 - 20 million per year but paid out only approximately 10% in claims each year.  In addition, during that time, FDOT demanded approximately $1 - 3 million for property damage claims per year and recovered approximately 90% each year.
He was one of the five primary lobbyists for the FDOT.  He provided technical legal advice on all legislation for the FDOT.  In addition to lobbying the transportation committees, he was also lead lobbyist on all claims bills before the Legislature.  In 1996, he was recognized by the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee for his involvement in the settlement of the largest claim bill in the history of the state of Florida for $21 million for FDOT which had an exposure of over $90 million.  
He left the Department of Transportation, and joined the firm of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell as a Partner.  After staying there for approximately two years, he formed the firm of Thornton Williams and Associates on August 1, 1998.  The firm became Williams McMillian, P.A. on January 1, 2011.  
Thornton and his wife, Harriet, live in Tallahassee, Florida, with their children, Ashley, Brittany, and Chelsea.

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