On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I am writing to express condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of leading Atlanta attorney Neil Williams Jr. on his recent and untimely passing.
In addition to helping build the stellar national reputation of the law firm now known as Alston & Bird during his more than 50 years in the legal profession, serving 12 years as the firm’s managing partner, Williams was one of Atlanta’s top civic leaders during a time of unprecedented growth for the metro area. He chaired Leadership Atlanta, the Woodruff Arts Center board, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra board and the Vasser Woolley Foundation, as well as serving as a trustee of both the Halle Foundation and Trinity Presbyterian Church.
Williams was equally devoted to serving his alma mater, Duke University, as chair of the university’s board of trustees as well as president of Duke’s National Alumni Association and the Duke Law Alumni Association. He was hosting a dinner of the Duke Endowment Board, which he chaired, at the time of his sudden death.
All Georgia lawyers can be inspired by our colleague’s lifetime of service and career-long efforts to promote the cause of justice, uphold the rule of law and protect the rights of all citizens. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Robin Frazer Clark
President, State Bar of Georgia