Walter E. Williams
Firm: Buchanan Williams Stilley, P.C.
Address: 1105 East 32nd Street, Suite 5
Joplin, MO 64802
University: University of Missouri at Columbia, B.S., General Business, 1972, University of Missouri at Columbia, J.D., 1974
Admitted: 1975, Missouri; 1989, U.S. Supreme Court
Biography: Walter Williams was born in Brookfield, Missouri in 1950. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in General Business in 1972 and from the University of Missouri with a Juris Doctorate in 1975. Walter practiced law with a law firm in Webb City from 1975 to 1981 and was city attorney for Carterville an assistant prosecuting attorney for Webb City. Since 1981 he has been practicing in Joplin. He was commissioner of the Joplin Adult Soccer League for approximately five years and was a youth soccer coach for his children. Walter was the attorney for Joe and Joyce Cruzan in the Nancy Cruzan case. This case attracted worldwide attention and was the first Right to Die case decided by the United States Supreme Court. The case was tried, appealed to the Missouri Supreme Court, and eventually heard before the United States Supreme Court, where Walter appeared as co-counsel. This continues to be the leading United States case on the Right to Die. Walter does a general practice of law with emphasis in family law, probate and general civil litigation.