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 Emeritus and Of Counsel is a constitutional and civil rights specialist who has extensive experience working in business litigation, employment law, and serious injury cases at Williams Oinonen LLC. 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. Mario Williams completed service as city councilman to Clarkston, Georgia. 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 graduated with honors from Morehouse College in Political Science and obtained his law degree at Lewis and Clark in Portland, Oregon.
Esther Moody Graff-Radford, works in all areas of Williams Oinonen LLC’s civil litigation practice. Ms. Graff-Radford received her law degree from Emory University School of Law, where she graduated 7th in her class and served as Clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia for the late Judge William C. O’Kelley. Ms. Graff-Radford is admitted to all Georgia courts, the Northern District of Georgia and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. When she is not practicing law, Ms. Graff-Radford spends her time pursing creative hobbies with her three children, reading and hiking. Ms. Graff-Radford is also passionate in pro bono representation of detained asylum-seekers and her fluency in multiple language assists these clients.
Muna Claxton, is civil trial litigator with over 13 years of experience. Ms. Claxton graduated from the University of Minnesota and earned her law degree from Georgia State University School of Law. Ms. Claxton clerked at the Supreme Court of Georgia for the Honorable Justice Robert Benham and at the Fulton County State Court for the Honorable Penny Brown-Reynolds. Ms. Claxton volunteers with the Georgia Innocence Project and is involved with the National Employment Lawyers Association of Georgia, Gate City Bar Association, and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. Ms. Claxton is not only a seasoned litigator, but also is a dedicated mother to a set of beautiful twins.
Chanel Patrick assists in all areas of civil litigation practice for Williams Oinonen LLC. Ms. Patrick is originally from Denver, Colorado and was the first member of her family to attend college and receive an advanced degree. Ms. Patrick is a graduate of University of Missouri and North Carolina Central University School of Law, and is admitted to practice in the Georgia Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, as well as in the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. With a passion for leading and advocating for others, Ms. Patrick is an avid volunteer with Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta. She has been honored with awards from the State Bar of Georgia’s Labor and Employment Mentorship Academy and the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys’ Professional Development Academy. In addition, Ms. Patrick is an active member of the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers as well as the Gate City Bar Association.
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