Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed Michael S. Williams to the Hillsborough County Court Wednesday. The 43-year old Valrico resident currently serves as Special Counsel to the Office of Statewide Prosecution.
In that capacity, Williams regularly works with state and federal prosecutors focusing on cases that the state describes as “complex, often large-scale organized criminal activity. The case load in the Office of Statewide Prosecution includes those cases that affect more than one circuit court district. The office falls under the purview of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Before working with the state, Williams practiced with the Bales & Weinstein law firm in Tampa. He’s also worked with the law firms of McLean & Cardillo and Fortunato & Harbison. He began his career as an Assistant State Attorney in 1997.
Williams earned his bachelor’s degree from Moravian College in Pennsylvania and his law degree from Villanova University.
Williams will replace Judge Kim Vance who was recently appointed to the 13th Circuit Court by Scott. She was previously appointed to the Hillsborough Court in 2014.