Founder & Chairman
Quentin Williams is an attorney, prolific international speaker, and former FBI agent and federal prosecutor who has held positions as an executive with the National Football League (NFL) and National Basketball Association (NBA). Williams currently serves as a business adviser/strategist and legal expert with a wealth of knowledge and experience in wide-ranging areas of business and the sports and entertainment industries. With more than 30 years of established business expertise and over 20 years of legal experience, he is a trusted confidant and well-respected educator with a lengthy record of successful deal-making and community advocacy. An in-demand keynote speaker, he has addressed business, political and community leaders at conferences, symposiums, and other events worldwide.
This impressive pedigree serves Williams well as chairman and chief executive officer of The Butler Lappert Williams Firm, PC– a full-service New York City law firm. The firm represents the legal and business interests of companies and individuals across a broad spectrum of industries including sports, entertainment, fashion, media, technology, medical, legal, financial, law enforcement and education. Additionally, Williams is chairman and chief executive officer of Williams Media and Marketing Group, LLC (Williams Media), a Los Angeles-based company. Founded in 2002, Williams Media creates, owns and produces media projects and events and offers brand development strategies for domestic and international properties.
Williams’ high-achieving high school academic record and All-State football honors earned him numerous academic and athletic scholarship offers from many of the nation’s leading colleges and universities. Ultimately, he elected to attend Boston College on a full football scholarship. In 1987, he earned an undergraduate degree in economics and began his career as an administrator at a New York City law firm for one year before attending St. John’s University School of Law. In 1991, Williams graduated from law school with a concentration in labor law and worked as a litigator for one year with a New York City law firm before being appointed to serve as a special agent for the FBI.
After several years of service and being recognized on numerous occasions by the director of the FBI for his excellence and dedication as a law enforcement officer, Williams accepted the offer to serve as a federal prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office in the District of Connecticut. He prosecuted both white-collar and blue-collar cases as an Assistant United States Attorney, and then transitioned into the world of professional sports with a position at the National Football League in New York City where he worked on off-the-field policy issues.
A position with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars followed wherein Williams negotiated player contracts and supervised several departments of football operations. Under his guidance, the team was recognized as having the NFL’s Most Outstanding Player Development Program. He subsequently served as team president for the North Charleston Lowgators, an NBA minor league team that was spotlighted during its championship run in the ESPN reality series, Down Low – Life in the D-League. While with the NBA, Williams was selected by the Charleston Regional Business Journal as one of the city’s most influential “40 Under 40” business leaders.
A dedicated community leader and mentor, Williams is an advocate of self-empowerment and service to others. He is the founder and chairman of the the nonprofit organization Dedication to Community (D2C) and the impetus behind the D2C initiative Choose2Live—a community advocacy program that engages middle school through college students, law enforcement, and community groups in building strong professional relationships and making positive, healthy and rational life choices.
Williams is also the co-founder and managing director of the nationally-distributed EndZone Luncheon Series and a visiting contributor to his law school alma mater. He is a member of the Executive Committee for St. John’s University’s Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development and the Advisory Board for the university’s International and Comparative Sports Law Masters of Law (LL.M.) Program. His other activities include his work as a member of the Executive Committee for Seton Hall University’s Center for Leadership Development and as a member of the Board of Directors and chair of the Sports & Entertainment Committee for Samaritan’s Feet International, a nonprofit organization of international renown that has positively impacted the lives of millions of people worldwide.
Quentin was born on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and grew up in New York City and Yonkers, New York. He is the proud parent of a wonderful son and an extraordinary daughter.