04.01.2009 Williams Mullen Celebrates 100 Year Anniversary with Call to Service RICHMOND, VA – Williams Mullen announces that 2009 marks the 100 year anniversary of the firm’s founding. Lewis C. Williams and James Mullen started Williams & Mullen in 1909 on the top floor of the American Bank Building on 10th and Main in Richmond, Virginia. To honor the occasion, attorneys of the firm have pledged to complete 100 hours of community service or pro bono work before the end of 2009. This is the equivalent of well over 27,000 hours of service to the communities that Williams Mullen has offices in.
“There is no better way to thank our clients and our communities than to volunteer” said Julious “Joey” P. Smith, Chairman and CEO of Williams Mullen. “We have been blessed to have worked with clients that have embraced us and have allowed us to share in their successes. Our anniversary is a testament to the trust they have placed in us and our commitment to partnering with them. Our 100th anniversary is the perfect time to give back.”
Attorneys have committed to working on numerous projects such as Habitat for Humanity and Big Brothers, Big Sisters. They have also volunteered their legal expertise to organizations and programs such as the Virginia Poverty Law Center, Wills for Seniors program, and the Hispanic Legal Aid program.
G. Andrew “Andy” Nea, Jr., the firm’s Pro Bono partner, will be overseeing the volunteer effort by the attorneys. “I am excited by enthusiasm that I have seen from our lawyers to undertake this challenge. Richmond, Hampton Roads, Raleigh-Durham, Charlottesville, and the Greater Washington, DC areas have contributed to the success of this firm and this is an excellent way to give back. The Williams Mullen culture is to give back and this is a significant move by the firm to show how much our communities mean to us.” Mr. Nea was a banking attorney with the firm until his retirement in 2007. He returned to Williams Mullen to lead and offer counsel to the pro bono program.
Since its inception, Williams Mullen has dedicated itself to fostering experienced and civic-minded attorneys and to treating its clients as partners. These principles have guided it over the past 100 years to become one of the largest law firms in the Southeast. Williams Mullen enters its second century with the knowledge and the strength to support our clients in all aspects of their business. Each member of the Williams Mullen community makes our strength possible and we thank them for it.