Chad Williams, Chief Counsel

As Chief Counsel for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Chad Williams oversees the Legal Division.

Mr. Williams previously served as a Special Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Litigation Division of the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office. He defended state agencies, their employees, and state officials in civil suits brought primarily in federal court. He has represented state troopers, narcotics agents, medical examiners, game wardens, district attorneys, judges, correctional officers, and other law enforcement officials. Mr. Williams has tried jury and bench trials in federal and state courts and argued before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and Mississippi Supreme Court. He has also provided training to attorneys, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers on issues relating to civil liability and civil rights. Before joining the Attorney General’s Office in 2018, Mr. Williams was in private practice for 12 years, where he, among other things, defended local law enforcement officers and officials at the county level.

Before practicing law, Mr. Williams was an aide in the Office of the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. He attended the University of Mississippi, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics before earning his Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Law.