Law Offices of Donald L. Williams

Law Offices of Donald L. Williams

Attorney/Mediator and Counselor at Law

Firm Overview

Donald L. Williams, a former JAGC Officer, has practiced family and military law almost exclusively for

Main Office

Chase Bank Bldg.
El Paso  TX  79903

  • 915-564-5559
  • 866-295-6004
  • 915-562-1224

Donald Williams


Attended Bitburg American High
School, Bitburg, Germany, 1965-68

Graduated, W. H. Burges High
School, El Paso, Texas , 1969

National Honor Society

Sophomore, Junior Class

President, Stamp Out Stupidity
(SOS) (an anti-drug abuse organization)

1st place Europe-Oratorical

1st in District, Regional, and
2nd in State Speech Tournament (Texas)

Varsity Wrestling (Europe)

First African-American Student
Body President, William H. Burges High School, El Paso, Texas 1969



Appointed to and attended the
United States Military Academy at West Point, 1969

Attended and Graduated from
the University of Texas at El Paso, BA, Political Science, El Paso, Texas, 1973

Attended and Graduated from
the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Austin, Texas. December, 1975



Army ROTC, Distinguished
Military Student and Graduate

Student Senate, Black Student

President, Vice President,
Dean of Pledges, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Kappa Chapter

Outstanding Alpha of the Year
(National) 71-72, 72-73

Who's Who Among Students in
American Colleges and Universities, 71-72, 72-73

First African-American
President, UTEP Student Government Association, 1972-1973

Top Ten Seniors, UTEP, 1973

Men and Women of Mines, UTEP,

Featured in book Coattailess
Landslide by UTEP Professor, Dr. Joseph Ray (President Emeritus)

Recipient, Public
Administration Internship Scholarship

Served on various University
Faculty-Student Committees



President, Thurgood Marshall
Legal Society

Director, Project Info-Law
(Minority Recruitment)

Law School Representative to
the University Student Senate

Board Member, Law School
Student Association

Member, Admissions Committee

Who's Who Among Students at
American Colleges and Universities

Intern, Good Neighbor

Intern, Department of Defense
Legal Internship Program (JAGC)



Assistant County Attorney,
Travis County, Austin, Texas, 1975-76

U.S. Army JAGC, 1977-83

Regular Army Commission, 1980

Honorable Discharge, 1983

Officer-in-Charge of
Gelnhausen Legal Center, Germany 1978-1980

Senior Defense Counsel, Fort
Bliss, Texas, 1980-83

Instructor, University of
Maryland (European Division), Paralegal Program, 1979-80

Instructor, Legal Assistant
Division, El Paso Community College, 1986-1992

 Associate Municipal Court Judge El Paso,
Texas, 1992-95

Criminal Law Magistrate, El
Paso County, Texas, 1995

 Family Court Judge, El Paso County, Texas,

Visiting Associate Family
Court Judge, 65th District Court, 2006-2008

Visiting Associate Family
Court Judge, 171st District Court, 2009-10

Advanced Family Law Mediator,

Solo-Practitioner, Law Offices
of Donald L. Williams, 1983, Current



Member State Bar of Texas,
American Bar Association, National Bar Association,

El Paso Bar Association,
Lawrence A. Nixon Bar Association, Mexican-American Bar Association

Board of Directors, El Paso
Bar Association

Member, Family Law Section,
State Bar of Texas

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Committee, State Bar of Texas & El Paso Bar Association

Member, College of the State
Bar of Texas

Life Member, Texas Bar

Member, State Bar of Texas
Racial Diversity Committee

Chairman, Executive Committee,
Family Law Bar Association 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010

State Bar Grievance
Professional Enhancement Program

Former Sub-Committee Chair, El
Paso Bar Fee Dispute Committee

Domestic Violence Prevention

YWCA, Advisory Council,
Helping Children Cope With Divorce and ROLLERCOASTERS

Candidate, 388th
Judicial District Court, 1999

Course Director, Family Law
101 Seminar, El Paso Family Law Bar Association, 1999

Co-Course Director, Resolving
Custody, Visitation & Access Disputes, 2000

Planning Committee, Presenter,
Family Law On the Border, 2001, 2004 and 2006

Panelist, Attorney Ad
Litem/Guardian Ad Litem Seminar, 2002, 2006

Presiding Officer, University
of Texas School of Law-CLE- Family Law and the Military, 2005

Moderator and Presenter, Pro
Bono Seminar, State Bar of Texas 2003

President, El Paso Family Law
Bar Association, 2003, 2004, 2005

Presenter, State Bar of Texas,
Texas Minority Attorney Program, 2006, 2008

Course Director, Family Law
and the Military, 2003 & 2007

Presenter, State Bar of Texas
Marriage Dissolution Institute Boot Camp 2007

Course Director, Family Law
201, Effective Practice Before the El Paso Family Courts, 2007

Panelist, Military Law Update,
State Bar of Texas Webcast, 2007

Originator of House Bill 930
that Amended Texas Family Code, §201.007, 2007

Presenter, 13th
Annual Civil Trial Seminar, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2009

Compiled, 171st
District Family Court Staff Orientation and Reference Manual, 2009

Presenter, El Paso Family Law
Bar Association, Child Support Seminar, 2009

Panelist, Family Law In the Military
Combat Zone, State Bar Webcast, 2009

State Bar of Texas Committee,
Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans, 2009

State Bar of Texas Military
Law Section Veterans Court Review Committee, 2009

Chairman, Family Law
Subcommittee, State Bar of Texas, Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans, 2010

Chairman, El Paso Bar
Association’s El Paso Lawyers for Patriots Planning Committee, 2010

Presenter, 14th
Annual Civil Trial Seminar, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2010

Presenter, El Paso Paralegal
Association CLE Luncheon, 2010



Brotherly or Sisterly Love or
Sibling Rivalry-Resolving Relationship Issues through the Texas Lawyers Creed

Military Support Requirements-Establishing
and Calculating Military Child Support

An Alternative to Temporary
Custody Battles

Preparing Effectively for the
Temporary Orders Hearing

Is This the Client You Want?
Screening, Signing Up and Maintaining Quality Clients

Associate Judge Statute

Joint Complex Retirement/Child
Support Calculations

Top Ten Tips for Developing A
Successful Solo Practice

Interviewing, Counseling
Military Service and Family Members in Family Law Cases

Unique Family Law Issues in
the Military Community

Texas Divorce Information

Child Support Handbook

Paternity Handbook

Modification Handbook

Clarification and Enforcement
of Military Retirement Handbook

Pro Se Divorce Litigation-Self
Representation in Family Court

Texas Family Law in the
Military Combat Zone



Outstanding Young Men of
America, 1982

Recipient, UTEP Black Student
Image Award, 1983

Lawrence A. Nixon Judicial
Achievement Award, 1992

Black El Paso Democrats'
Outstanding Community Service Award, 1992

Outstanding Church and
Community Service Award, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, 1992

Grand Marshal, El Paso Black
History Month Parade, 1993

Who's Who Worldwide,
1992-1993, 1994-1995

National Directory of Who's
Who of Executives & Professionals, 1996-97

Continental Who’s Who
Registry, Millennium Edition, 2001-2002

Featured in book, African-AmericanAchievers
Making History on the Border in El Paso, Texas

Honorary Member and Inductee,
University of Texas at El Paso Honors Council, 1998

University Of Texas at El Paso
Strategic Planning General Education Study Group

411 News Unity Award, 1996,
1997, 1998 and 1999

Committee to Establish the
R.E.L. Washington Elementary School, 2000

Committee to Establish the
Chester E. Jordan Elementary School, 2007

Celebrity “Papeleros With a
Purpose”, LULAC Project Amistad, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Outstanding Community Service
Award, Phillips Chapel CME Church, 2007

Outstanding Citizenship Award,
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, 1992

Outstanding Community Service
Award, Theta Delta Lambda Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, 2010

Established, The Donald L.
Williams Endowed Student Enhancement Fund, UTEP, 2006

Silver Life Member, National
NAACP, Since 2007

1st Recipient,
President’s Award, El Paso Branch NAACP 2007

Inductee, El Paso County
Democratic Party Hall of Fame, 2007

Recipient, Community Service
Award, El Paso Branch NAACP, 2008

State Democratic Executive
Committee Majority Builder Award, 2008

State Democratic Executive
Committee Grassroots Award, 2010

El Paso Commission for Women
Community Service Recognition 2008, 2009

Visitor’s Chapel Community Excellence
Award, 2009

Recipient, State Senatorial
Resolution, Texas State Senate-Sen. Eliot Shapleigh, 2009

Recipient, State Resolution,
Texas House of Representatives-State Rep. Norma Chavez, 2009

Featured, El Paso Bar Journal,
October/November 2010 Edition



Charter Member, St. Peter Missionary
Baptist Church

Former Chair, Board of
Trustees, St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church

President, St. Peter
Missionary Baptist Church of El Paso, Tx., Inc. 2008

Charter Member, Black El Paso

Former President, Pebble Hills
Elementary PTA

United Way Allocations

Executive Committee, Family
Law Bar Association, 1995-99, 2002-2007, 2008, 2009

Past President, Theta Delta
Lambda Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Co-Chair, (YES) Youth
Enrichment Seminar, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990

Graduate, Leadership El Paso,
Class 10, 1987-1988,  El Paso Chamber of

Board of Directors, Leadership
El Paso Alumni Association

Board of Managers-Casa Blanca
Therapeutic Communities, Inc.

University of Texas El Paso Commission 2001, Leadership Committee

Board of Directors, UT El Paso
Alumni Association 1995-97

Board of Directors-Junior
Achievement of the Desert Southwest

Advisory Council, El Paso
Community College, Legal Assistant Program

Moderator, Delta Sigma
Theta/UTEP, African American Knowledge Bowl, 2009

Member, El Paso Black Chamber
of Commerce

Member, Hispanic Chamber of

Vice Chair/Chair, UT El Paso,
Thelma White Network, 1997-2000, 2000-2003

Volunteer, Juvenile Drug
Court, 409th District Court

El Paso Community College
Diversity Program Ribbon Cutting, 2009

El Paso Community College
Diversity Council, Current

1st Vice President,
El Paso Branch NAACP, Current

Complete Count Committee, City
of El Paso, 2009-2010

Board of Directors, McCall
Neighborhood Center, 2010

College of Liberal Arts
Advisory Board, University of Texas at El Paso, 2010

Division of Student Affairs,
University of Texas at El Paso, Centennial Campaign Leadership Team, 2010




El Paso Grassroots for Obama

Organizing for America

Member, Black El Paso
Democrats, Camino Real Mexican American Democrats,  Paso del Norte Tejano Democrats, Stonewall
Democrats, West Tejano Democrats, Westside Democrats

El Paso County Democratic
Party Hall of Fame Committee, 2007, 2009

Successfully Challenged the El
Paso Democratic Delegation Allocation before State Nominations Committee
(Austin), 2008

Delegate- Precinct, County and
State Democratic Conventions, 2008, 2010

Senatorial District 29
Delegate to National Democratic Convention, 2008

Senatorial District 29 State
Democratic Executive Committeeman, Present

El Paso County Democratic
Party UNITY 2006, 2008 and 2010

Chair, El Paso Branch NAACP,
Political Action Committee, 2005-2010

Chair, Black El Paso
Democrats, 2005-Present



Speaker, Project Alpha, A Man
to Man Talk About Teen Pregnancy

Speaker, Paternity/Child
Support, Father/Son Conference, Americas High School,

Speaker, Texas State Legal
Secretaries Association

Speaker, El Paso Legal
Assistants Association

Speaker, 70th Ordnance Battalion.
Prayer Breakfast

Speaker, 11th ADA Brigade,

Speaker, La Tuna Federal
Prison, Joint Task Force 6

Speaker, Martin Luther King
Celebration, Ft. Bliss, Texas

Speaker, El Paso Inter-Club
Council, Juneteenth Heritage Breakfast

Speaker, ADA 552, Domestic
Violence Prevention

Speaker, Federal Bureau of
Prisons, Biggs Field

Speaker, Texas Health
Information Management Association Workshops

Speaker, El Paso Interpreters
and Translators Association

Speaker, Junior League Court

Speaker, Asociacion Lideres Mexicanos Americanos (ALMA)

Speaker, University of Texas
at El Paso, Student Government Association Induction

Speaker, University of Texas
at El Paso Honors Council Induction

Speaker, University of Texas
at El Paso 50 Year Desegregation Celebration

Speaker, University of Texas
at El Paso Multi-Cultural Graduation Celebration

Speaker, El Paso Intelligence
Center (EPIC), Veterans Day Presentation

Speaker, International
Boundary and Water Commission, United States Section

Speaker, Black History Month
and Career Day Programs at various middle and high schools

Speaker, Silhouettes “Ladies
in Red” Annual Brunch

Speaker, St. Peter Missionary
Baptist Church Father’s Day Program

Speaker, El Paso Central Labor
Union Labor Day Breakfast

Speaker, Mount Zion Baptist Church
Senior Center Program, 2010

Speaker, El Paso Branch NAACP
Jubilee Celebration, 2010

Speaker, Communications
Workers of American Regional Convention, 2010