Born and raised in Chicago, the Englewood area, Ari witnessed black men's civil rights being violated daily. From being stopped and frisked, to warrantless searches inside of individuals' homes, Ari has seen it all. These examples of injustices that black men face daily inspired Ari to become a criminal defense attorney. She started her journey obtaining a Bachelor's in social work and a Master's in social work from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UofI). From UofI, she studied law at DePaul University, where she received her JD.
During law school, she interned at the Public Defender's office, a private criminal defense firm and was a key member of DePaul's mock trial team.
After graduating from law school and working at a firm for one year, she realized that she needed to start her own practice. She quickly understood that people of color needed a leader and a true fighter behind them. In August 2019, she opened Ari Williams Law, LLC. The firm handles criminal defense, personal injury, and traffic cases.
Not only is she working hard in the courtroom, but she volunteers her time on the Board for BWLA as well as on the Associate Board for Marillac St. Vincent Family Services Center.
- DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
- University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
- Major: Social Work