- 2013 - December - 16th -

Lawyer Snapshot: Jennifer S. Williams

Family: Husband, Eric B. Williams, who is a program analyst at Strategic Weapons Facility Atlantic and is a major in the Marine Corps reserves.

Pets: A Westie named Mike

Education: University of Florida Graduate Tax Program, LL.M. in taxation (2003); Florida Coastal School of Law, JD, with honors (2001); and Northwood University, BBA, magna cum laude (1998).

Admitted to the Bar: May 2002

Employed by: Wells Fargo Private Bank as a senior trust and fiduciary specialist.

Field of practice: I utilize my background as an elder and estate planning attorney to provide premium wealth and life management services for aging and/or disabled adults. I work for Wells Fargo Private Bank (as a non-attorney) to help clients to address estate and tax issues and to provide life management solutions so clients can achieve their goals; manage, preserve and transition their wealth; maintain their independence; and address challenges associated with disabilities and/or the aging process.

Professional organizations: Co-chair of the Elder Section of the JBA, member of the Academy for Elder Law Attorneys, member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, member of the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar, and a member of the Tax Section of The Florida Bar.

Community involvement: I am honored to be co-chairing the Elder Section of the JBA with Mike Jorgensen. It has been a wonderful experience primarily because my colleagues are all great people and top notch advocates. My husband and I participate in charity races for Wounded Warrior, breast cancer awareness, Marine Corps (half-marathon because I hate running), and recently did the Spartan Race in Virginia supporting the Sheep Dog Impact Assistance which is a nonprofit organization (founded by a Marine who works with my husband in the Marine Corps) focused on engaging and supporting veteran "Sheep Dogs": society's protectors, the men and women that form the ranks of America's military, law enforcement, fire & rescue and EMS.

How did you become involved?

I have always been very sports oriented. I have been working out with my friends at Crossfit Ragnarok (owned by fellow Marines who work with my husband) for more than three years. My husband and I never pass up an opportunity to participate in a charitable race, especially one that we can perform with wounded veterans (like the Spartan Race).

How can someone else become involved?

Thankfully, there are opportunities to be physically challenged (and humbled) almost every weekend in this great city.

What have you learned/achieved through the experience?

Doing races with wounded veterans has taught me a great deal about the fighting spirit and wonderful humor of our military men and women. They have inspired me to push beyond my limits, to appreciate life to the fullest and to laugh at every opportunity.

What was the last book you read or are reading?

"David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants" by Malcolm Gladwell. I have a soft spot for the underdog and cannot recommend this book enough.

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