PETE WILLIAMS

Education

Yale University, BA in Economics
Stanford University, Graduate School of Business, MBA
University of Florida, College of Law, JD with Honors, 1986

Bar Memberships

Florida Bar (1987), Alabama Bar (1986), California State Bar (1997), US District Courts for the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida.  AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.  Florida Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law (1999-2009).  Member University of Florida Law Review
(1984-86).  Barrister Member, American Inns of Court (1996-98).

Legal, Managerial and Government Experience

2013-16   Attorney.
    Private Practice Sukhia & Williams Law Group PLLC.
2012         Candidate for State Attorney, 2nd Judicial Circuit.
                  Lost by 51 to 49% to the incumbent State Attorney.
2011-12   Inspector General, Florida Department of Education, Tallahassee, FL
                  Responsible for promoting accountability, efficiency and effectiveness within the
                  Department of Education, Florida College institutions and school districts.
2008-11   Inspector General, Agency for Health Care Administration, Tallahassee, FL
                  Responsible for addressing waste, fraud and abuse issues within the Agency and the
                  Medicaid program.  Supervised an internal audit unit, investigations unit and the
                  Bureau of Program Integrity, with over 120 investigators, auditors and analysts.
                  With an annual budget of $12 million, the office produced a return on
                  investment of over 5:1 in recovered Medicaid overpayments and fraud.
2003-07   Statewide Prosecutor, Tallahassee, FL
                  Appointed to 4-year term by the Attorney General.  Responsible for investigating and
                  prosecuting multi-circuit organized criminal activity.  Supervised staff of 42 Assistant
                  Statewide Prosecutors located in 8 offices across Florida, with a $6 million annual
                  budget.  Cases included white collar crimes, RICO violations, health care fraud,
                  insurance fraud, public corruption, identity theft, narcotics trafficking and internet
                  crimes.  Served as legal advisor to the Statewide grand jury.  Assisted in the drafting
                  and legislative approval of criminal statutes.
2002-03   Director, Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, DBPR, Tallahassee, FL
                  Supervised 155 sworn law enforcement officers and 200 auditors and licensing
                  personnel responsible for regulating Florida’s alcohol and tobacco industries,
                  (71,000 license holders) and collecting annual taxes and fees of over$1 billion.
2000-02   Inspector General, Dept. of Business and Professional Regulation, Tallahassee, FL
                  Responsible for identifying and addressing waste, fraud and program deficiencies.
1998-00   Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, Tallahassee, FL
                  Antitrust Section.  Planned and directed industry-wide investigations of alleged
                  antitrust violations in the oil and gas, air travel, generic drugs and internet browser
                  markets.  Conducted all phases of any necessary litigation, including pleadings,
                  discovery, trial preparation and settlement negotiations.  Served as Florida’s
                  lead attorney on multistate lawsuit against Microsoft Corporation.
1989-98   Assistant State Attorney, State Attorney’s Office, Pensacola, FL
                  Prosecuted full range of criminal cases, including capital felonies, homicides, sexual
                  batteries, armed robberies, burglaries, and drug cases.  Tried over 120 jury trials.
                  From 1994-98, established and directed a new Traffic Homicide Unit responsible
                  for all DUI-Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide cases.
1987-89   Associate, Emmanuel, Sheppard and Condon, Pensacola, FL
                  Law practice included civil litigation, real property law and commercial transactions.
1986-87   Associate, Hand, Arendall, Bedsole, Greaves and Johnston, Mobile, AL
                  Practiced corporate, real property, tax and probate law.

Teaching Experience

1989-90   Adjunct Instructor, College of Business, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL

Personal

Married with four children.  Enjoy coaching youth sports (baseball, basketball, soccer and football.)  Coached Leon High Mock Trial Team (2002-06).  President of the Board, Bradfordville Buccaneers, Pop Warner Football Association (2013-15).

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