Phil Williams is an Attorney with his own firm of Williams & Associates, LLC in Gadsden, Alabama. His legal focus is largely in the areas of insurance, municipal and corporate defense. Phil has also served as the Chief Operations Officer and General Counsel for TaxBreak, which has its corporate offices in Gadsden, Alabama. TaxBreak is one of only a handful of Alabama based Inc-500 companies and has clients in all 50 States. His legal experience covers all levels including appellate, and he is admitted to practice in all State and Federal Courts in Alabama.
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.
In addition to his day-to-day employment Phil currently serves as the State Senator for the Tenth District of Alabama. He is currently the Chairman for the Alabama Senate Committee on Fiscal Accountability and Responsibility, and the Vice Chair for the Committee on Ethics, Campaign Finance, and the Constitution. He also serves as member of the Committees for Judiciary, Agriculture, Veterans and Military Affairs, Taxation and General Fund Budgeting.
Aside from his civilian experience Phil also comes from a family with a strong military tradition. He is an Airborne Ranger and currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve and has served for 24 years in various reserve component Special Operations and Airborne units. Since 9/11 he has 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.
Each of his experiences has involved considerable management, high level coordination, detailed briefings to senior Officers and Executives, 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); the National Guard Association (NGAUS/NGAAL); the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA); The National Rifle Association (NRA) and was endorsed by the Tea Party in his last campaign. In addition he was licensed and ordained to ministry by the Southern Baptist Association. His military awards include two Bronze Star Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, the Humanitarian Service Medal, both the Afghan and Iraq Campaign Medals with 3 campaign stars, The Army Staff Badge, The Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Wings, German Parachutist Wings and the Combat Action Badge.
Phil and his family have lived in Etowah County for nineteen years. He has been married for 25 years to his wife Charlene – they have two children, Josh and Caitlin. Josh recently received his Regular Army Commission as a Second Lieutenant (Armor) in the United States Army, and Caitlin is on full academic scholarship at Auburn University.
Phil is very community minded and active in a number of groups and organizations in the Gadsden/Etowah County area, and is often called on for public speaking at events and gatherings. He also currently sits on several local Boards and Committees:
Board Member – Gadsden/Etowah County Salvation Army
Board member – Mercy’s Hope (ministry to Ukrainian Orphans)
Past Vice Chair for Membership – Etowah County Republican Party
Past Board member – Gadsden/Etowah Patriots Association
Past Board member – Kiwanis Club of Gadsden
Past Board member – Westbrook Christian School
Past Board member – Younglife Ministries – Gadsden