James R. Williams Jr.

James R. Williams Jr.


James R. Williams Jr. is a Miami real estate attorney who focuses his practice in the areas of land use and zoning law. He routinely represents clients before local governments, county boards and state agencies.

Mr. Williams counsels builders, developers and property owners regarding land use and environmental matters. He is well-versed in obtaining developmental approvals for residential, commercial and industrial projects throughout South Florida.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Williams served as an interim assistant city attorney for Sunny Isles Beach, Fla. He also founded his own firm that specialized in land use and zoning-related cases, and was a legal consultant for the City of Miami. In addition, Mr. Williams worked with the Miami-Dade County Platting and Traffic Review division, where he assisted staff on platting, subdivision and traffic impact-related matters.

While in law school, Mr. Williams was a certified legal intern for the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office and was a judicial intern for the Honorable Migna Sanchez-Llorens in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida. In addition, Mr. Williams served as the Articles & Comments Editor for the University of Miami School of Law's Race & Social Justice Law Review.


  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D.
  • The Catholic University of America, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
  • The Florida Bar, City County and Local Government Law Section
  • The Florida Bar, Environmental and Land Use Law Section
  • Cuban American Bar Association (CABA)
Honors & Awards
  • Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2020
  • University of Miami School of Law, Race & Social Justice Law Review, Exemplary Member-Candidate Award, 2015-2016
  • University of Miami School of Law, Dean's List, 2015
  • University of Miami School of Law, Certificate of Pro Bono Service, 2016
  • St. Thomas University School of Law, Dean's List, 2014