Hon. Shermela J. Williams is a judge for the Fulton County Superior Court (5th Judicial Administrative District) in Georgia. She was elected to the bench in 2020.
On the bench, Williams has held an assignment in the Family Division.
Prior to her election, she was a senior litigation associate at Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins LLP, having practiced there since 2016. At the firm, Williams served as a civil litigation attorney and represented plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury, wrongful death, negligent security, and premises liability matters.
Before her position there, she spent time as a senior assistant district attorney in DeKalb (2014 to 2016) and Fulton (2011 to 2014) Counties. Her legal career also included practicing as an associate at Bailey & Glasser LLP (2009 to 2010) and a two-year stint as an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia (2007 to 2009).
Williams has also taught as an adjunct professor at Spelman College since 2011 and served for five years as a Mock Trial Coach at the college (2011 to 2016).
She received a B.A. in communications and culture and legal communications from Howard University in 2004. Williams went on to complete a J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center in 2007.
While pursuing her education, she was the program director, leadership trainer, and recruitment liaison at LeadAmerica (2001 to 2006).
Her civic involvement has included the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Junior League of Atlanta, Inc., the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, and the Fulton County Gender Equality Panel.
Williams was born and raised in Fulton County and is a graduate of Tri-Cities High School (2000).
She is an active member of Impact United Methodist Church, serving as a Worship Facilitator, Imprint Group Facilitator, 501(c)(3) Board Co-Chair, College Ministry Mentor, Divine Nine Scholarship Co-Lead, and an Experience Team member.