Julie Oinonen is the Principal Managing Partner of Williams Oinonen LLC. An honors graduate of Emory University School of Law, Ms. Oinonen assists employees, the injured, and has an in depth understanding of business owner concerns, having come from a family of business entrepreneurs and graduating Magna Cum Laude with her Masters of Business Administration from Woodbury University. Ms. Oinonen also holds an M.Ed from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, and an undergraduate degree from Covenant College, a Christian institution on Lookout Mountain, Georgia. Prior to her career as an attorney, she worked as a university director for programs to assist Latino students at a Hispanic Serving Institution. While at Emory University School of Law she was awarded a Dean’s Teaching Fellowship, presented to six of the top third years in her class. After law school, Ms. Oinonen worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Emory University School of Law.
Ms. Oinonen’s primary focus is handling plaintiff’s personal injury, employment, education, and business litigation matters. Ms. Oinonen also works on the political consulting and opponent research practice area of the firm during election season. Currently, Ms. Oinonen is an Executive Committee Member of the Emory University School of Law’s Lamar Inn and also an adjunct faculty instructor at Emory University School of Law’s Trial Techniques program. She is a Board member of the National Employment Lawyer’s Association of Georgia, a civil rights association made up of lawyers whose employment litigation practice areas advocate for the rights of employees. Ms. Oinonen is also on the Board for Girls Inc; a national program which helps young girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent.
Ms. Oinonen has been presented with the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for Outstanding Excellence in Trial Advocacy, the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers Award, and the Kathleen Kessler-Eidson Trial Advocacy Award. Ms. Oinonen is a member of the Lamar Inn, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, the National Employment Lawyers Association and admitted into the prestigious Order of Emory Advocates.
Mario Bernard Williams, partner at Williams Oinonen LLC, primarily works in the areas of Plaintiff’s wrongful death, civil rights, police misconduct, employment and business litigation at Williams Oinonen LLC. Mr. Williams also concurrently heads Nexus Derechos Humanos Inc. where he oversees a national human rights practice.
In addition to his legal work, Mr. Williams’ political clients include federal, state, and local elected officials throughout Georgia. He has extensive experience in campaign strategy, opposition research and policy analysis for elections and has worked on multiple successful campaigns for United States congressmen, mayors, county CEOs, as well as state senators and representatives.
Although Mr. Williams predominantly represents injured civil rights plaintiffs in police misconduct and police department corruption cases, Mr. Williams and the law firm of Williams Oinonen LLC are also proud to have represented police officers and law enforcement as clients throughout the state of Georgia in various legal matters. Mario Williams has an extensive understanding of police matters throughout Georgia and thus is able to effectively advocate justice for his clients on either side of the blue line. Additionally, Mr. Williams is a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy.
Mr. Williams has spent his life devoted to human rights work. He is a fellow at the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution at Emory University School of Law, in the area of human rights. Prior to his work at the law firm of Williams Oinonen LLC, Mr. Williams served in the Peace Corps in Honduras and worked for years in Santiago, Chile for a variety of international human rights NGO’s working together with the Chilean government to find cooperative resolutions for major issues that affected poor people. Mr. Williams’ international human rights work includes co-authoring one of the first human right class actions ever presented in Chile. Moreover, Mr. Williams has submitted international human rights petitions to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on issues related to indigenous rights and affordable housing in South America, as well as a successful international petition on behalf of poor people in Atlanta, Georgia regarding access to healthcare.
Mr. Williams and his wife Julie are members of Christ Community AME Church in Clarkston, Georgia. Mr. Williams graduated with honors from Morehouse College in Political Science and obtained his law degree at Lewis and Clark in Portland, Oregon.
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