Discovery with Monté L. Williams

Monté L. Williams’ nickname is top secret, but his goat-milking skills sure aren’t (anymore)

Published in 2018 Virginia Super Lawyers magazine

By Monté L. Williams on April 17, 2018


I can’t go a day without … my phone.

If you were in my office, you’d … ask about the Buffalo Soldier prints I have on display.

My colleagues would be surprised to know that … I won a goat-milking contest at a county fair. 

My nickname is … top secret.

When I was a newbie lawyer I … had great mentors to help me navigate around the myriad mistakes I made on a daily basis. 

The lawyer I most admire is … effective, personable, respectful, patient, understanding and compassionate. 

The quality I most like in a lawyer is … the ability to engage in detailed analysis without paralysis. 

My career high point (so far) has been … being admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be … a criminal investigator. 

The SCOTUS justice I’d like to meet is … Thurgood Marshall. 

My real life hero is … my father.

On weekends I … cook and try to relax.

The talent I wish I had is … playing guitar.

The most fascinating person I ever met is … Muhammad Ali.

I get angry when … West Virginia University loses at anything.

On my best day I … have my wife by my side and we are enjoying time in a beautiful location.

The movie line I quote most often is … “Someday, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me. But until that day … ” —The Godfather

I wish I had invented … doughnuts.

The last TV show I binge-watched was … The Wire. Again.

If I won the lottery I’d … throw up the deuces.

My courtroom walk up music would be …“The Time Has Come, ” by Gabriel Shadid & Tobias Marberger. I’d need to move in slow motion for it to be effective.

The best meal I ever had was … in St. Thomas—lobster cooked on an open fire on the beach.

The app I can’t live without is … Shazam.

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