Joseph R. Williams is an associate attorney with Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC. His practice includes all aspects of divorce, including equitable distribution, custody and support. Joseph has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star since 2012 and was named a Lawyer on the Fast Track by The Legal Intelligencer in 2013.
Joseph is the chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, which serves nearly 1,800 young attorneys in Allegheny County. Joseph’s election to this position results in a three-year-term in which he will serve one year as chair-elect, one year as chair, and the third year as past chair. In that role, Joseph also serves on the Board of Governors of the Allegheny County Bar Association and represents the ACBA YLD at quarterly meetings of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. Through the ACBA, Joseph also serves as a member of the ACBA Family Law Section.
In addition to his involvement with the local bar, Joseph is active in the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He is currently serving as a member of the Program Committee of the PBA Family Law Section and has previously represented Allegheny County on the PBA YLD Executive Council.
Joseph frequently lectures and speaks on family law topics. In July 2012, Joseph presented the Support Case Law Updates at the PBA Summer Meeting in Hershey, PA. He was a faculty member for the 2013 Family Law 101 program for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Joseph moderated both the plenary session at the PBA Winter Meeting in Philadelphia, PA and the Case Law Updates at the PBA Summer Meeting in Cambridge, MD. In June 2014, Joseph lectured at the General Practitioners Update for the PBI.
With a natural knack for writing, Joseph has also authored for legal publications as well as mainstream media. In 2008, he authored the alimony case law update for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s General Practitioners Update. In 2010, Joe authored the support case law update for the Allegheny County Bar Association Bench and Bar Conference Family Division Sound-Off. He was featured as a case note contributor to the Pennsylvania Family Lawyer. In his 2011 article, “The Art of Balancing Work for Multiple Partners,” in The Legal Intelligencer, he discusses challenges and recommendations for new attorneys entering law firms. Read more (PDF). In 2013, Joseph authored another article for The Legal Intelligencer entitled "Taking Your Book of Business From Pamphlet to Novel." Read more (PDF).
Joseph received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bethany College in 2006. He received his juris doctorate from the Duquesne University School of Law in June 2009, where he remains active and is a member of the Board of Governors for the Alumni Association.