Eric Williams is a senior staff attorney in the Detroit Justice Center’s Economic Equity Practice. A native Detroiter, Eric is a transactional attorney with an emphasis on the legal needs of Detroit’s entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofits. Eric previously served as the director of Wayne State University Law School’s Business and Community Law Clinic as well as the Director of the Wayne Law Program for Entrepreneurship and Business Law. His prior experience includes private practice in the New York offices of Nixon Peabody, LLP and Winston & Strawn, LLP.
Eric attended Cass Technical High School, received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, his M.Phil. in international relations from Cambridge University, Magdalene College, and his B.A. from the University of Michigan. Prior to attending law school, Eric worked extensively in the nonprofit sector, serving in the development offices of Focus: Hope in Detroit and the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island in New York.
Eric, a past BMe fellow, is a frequent speaker on community development and government surveillance. He currently serves on the board of directors for Ponyride, the Neighborhood Advisory Committee for the Little Caesar’s Arena, and the Lawyers Committee for the Michigan ACLU.