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Tania Maria Williams, a Jamaican-American trial attorney and professor of litigation skills, is vying for Broward County Circuit Court

As the start of early voting nears in Broward County, Tania Maria Williams hopes the 1.2 million registered voters in Florida’s second-largest county are reminded of the importance of the upcoming Florida primary. August 23.

As a Jamaican-born woman, Tania Maria Williams has sat on both sides of the courtroom as a lawyer and the 11-year-old daughter of a defendant. These two perspectives have made her the litigator and person she is today. Her childhood experiences instilled in her a deep desire to ensure fairness in every interaction she has inside and outside the courtroom. She has worn this mantle of fairness throughout her 20-year legal career, including 4 years as a prosecutor and 4 years as a school board hearings officer.

This election cycle, Tania is standing as a judge so that every person, regardless of race, creed, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic, is treated fairly, equitably, and with compassion. With a varied legal background, including training from other local trial attorneys, Tania believes she has the right experience to be the right judge for all of Broward County.

“I believe everyone should be treated with dignity and respect. If elected to serve our community as a Circuit Court Judge, I will work tirelessly to ensure that ‘equal justice for all’ is not just an ideal but a reality,” said attorney Tania Maria Williams.

During her legal career, Tania has tried over 75 cases and practiced in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties in matters involving labor law, personal injury, intellectual property and property insurance. Tania also served as Chief of Merit Retention, Recruitment and Training for the Broward County State’s Attorney’s Office.

When not in the courtroom, Tania dedicates her volunteer time to her sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., her church, and mentoring young female lawyers. She enjoys college football and spending time with her family. Tania’s family is from St. Catherine and her favorite Jamaican dish is escovitch fish and festival.

“Growing up, my grandmother had a cart in which she sold crisps, snacks and sweets to support herself. Every time I visited her she would pass me a bag of Chippie’s Banana Chips because they were my favorite. At the time, I was too young to fully understand that it was more than just a snack. As I got older, I realized that was one of the ways my grandmother showed me love. I still love Chippie’s banana chips even though my grandma and her cart are no longer with us.

Early voting begins in Broward County on Saturday, August 13, at one of these locations. Voting by mail is still available upon request by phone, email or online no later than August 13. Election day is August 23, where voters must go to their precinct with a photo ID and signature. For more information, visit BrowardVotes.gov.

To learn more about Tania, visit the website.

Raised: Brooklyn, NY
Family of: Sainte-Catherine
Favorite Jamaican Food: Escovitch Fish
Favorite Jamaican proverb: Same knife stick sheep stick goat
Favorite Jamaican artist: Bob Marley (hands down)
One word to describe me: Blessed