Joseph R. Williams is an associate attorney with Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC. Prior to being admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in October 2009, he was a law clerk with the firm. As part of the Pollock Begg team, Joseph lends his expertise litigating complex financial and custody cases.
Joseph is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and Allegheny County Bar Association. In 2013, Joseph was elected to serve as the ACBA Young Lawyers Division chair — 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. This election is a result of Joseph's service on the YLD Council from 2011-13. He has rapidly risen within the ranks of both the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar associations and remains active in his alma mater, Duquesne University, where he serves on the Duquesne Law Alumni Association Board of Directors. Through the ACBA, Joseph is an active member of the Family Law Section and was elected to a three-year-term on the Family Law Section Council for 2011-14. Additionally, Joseph serves on the ACBA YLD Member Services and Public Services committees. He also currently serves as a high school competitive mock trial team coach for CAPA in Pittsburgh.
Joseph's commitment to service and excellence in his field has been recognized consistently throughout his career. In 2010 he was selected as one of 15 young lawyers in Allegheny County to participate in the Bar Leadership Initiative 2010-11 Class. Through the PBA, Joseph has also served as the Zone 12 delegate on the YLD Executive Council. Joseph has been named to the list of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars since 2012 and was named a Lawyer on the Fast Track by the Legal Intelligencer in 2013.
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 (PBI) General Practitioners Update; he was also a featured speaker at a 2013 PBI seminar entitled Family Law 101. 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 and spoke at the 2012 Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Summer Meeting in Hershey on the Support Case Law Updates. In his 2012 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)
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.