Billy J. Williams Appointed to Serve as U.S. Attorney
PORTLAND, Ore. – Attorney General Loretta Lynch appointed Billy J. Williams as United States Attorney for the District of Oregon, effective on December 12, 2015. U.S. Attorney Williams will serve in an interim capacity pursuant to the Attorney General's authority to appoint under 28 U.S.C. Section 546.
Billy Williams has served as the Acting United States Attorney, for the District of Oregon since May of 2015. He has been with the U.S. Attorney’s Office since October of 2000. Prior to his role as Acting United States Attorney, he served as the First Assistant, Chief of the Criminal Division, Chief of the Violent Crimes Unit, and as the Indian Country AUSA/Tribal Liaison.
Prior to his federal service, Williams served as a Sr. Deputy District Attorney in Multnomah County, where he supervised the Career Criminal Unit, and over his career prosecuted major crimes of violence, including aggravated murder, adult and child sex offenses, domestic violence, narcotics trafficking, vehicular homicide crimes, as well as investigations of officer-involved shootings.
Williams received his law degree in 1989 at the Willamette University College of Law.