“in ius voco spurius”

Marisa Williams co-founded Williams & Rhodes in 1999 because she firmly believes that the United States government should be a model employer, citizen and business partner. In her prior role as agency counsel, Marisa witnessed the disparity in power and resources between the government and individual claimants. She is passionate about helping employees and others pursue their rightful claims against the federal government, and has dedicated her practice to changing that balance of power.

In addition to representing claimants against the federal government, Ms. Williams provides services to select federal agencies in the form of EEO investigations, management directed inquiries, litigation consulting, and discrimination training for managers and employees.

Marisa worked for the U.S. Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration, from 1994-1999. She was a litigation associate at Cohen Brame & Smith from 1988-1994. Ms. Williams received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver College of Law in 1988, where she served on Law Review. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bryn Mawr College in 1985.

  • Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Executive Council, 1992-1998; Chair, 1995-97
  • Denver Bar Association Board of Trustees, 1996-97
  • Denver Bar Association Young Lawyer of the Year, 1998
  • Chair, Christmas in January, 1998, 1999
  • Chair, Denver Bar Association Barristers’ Benefit Ball, 1999
  • Colorado Bar Association, 1988 to present
  • Denver Bar Association, 1988 to present
  • Federal Bar Association, 1995-1999
  • Colorado Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyers Association, 1999 to present
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates, 2000 to present
  • National Employment Law Association, 1999 to present
  • Colorado Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • THE PRACTITIONER’S GUIDE TO COLORADO EMPLOYMENT LAW, Second Ed., Chapter 17 –The Federal Sector Equal Employment Opportunity Process, (Sean R. Gallagher, Kathryn E. Miller, and Jessica Brown, eds., CLE in Colo., Inc. 2008 to present) (co-author).
  • Model Employment Law Jury Instructions for the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, Faculty of Federal Advocates ad hoc committee, 1995 to present (co-author).
  • Recent Developments in Retaliation Law and Resulting Implications for the Federal Sector, THE COLORADO LAWYER, January 1999 (co-author).
  • Retroactivity of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, THE COLORADO LAWYER, 1993.
  • “FRE 502 Attorney-Client Privileged & Work Product: Limitations on Waiver is too-often overlooked.,” Colorado PELA Annual Retreat, August 24, 2012 (co-presenter).
  • EEO Counselor’s Training, Western Area Power Administration, August 15, 2007 (copresenter).
  • “Examining Conflicts in Employment Laws,” U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 10th Anniversary EXCEL Conference, Denver, Colorado, 2005 (co-presenter).
  • “Understanding Retaliation Claims,” U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, EXCEL Conference, Denver, Colorado, 2003.
  • “Merit Systems Protection Board; And What About Postal Workers?” Successfully Representing Public Sector Employees, sponsored by Colorado PELA, February 3, 2000.
  • “The Changing Face of the Workforce in the New Millennium,” Annual Diversity Conference: Denver Federal Executive Board, Denver, CO, April 27-28, 1999.
  • “Legal Update,” EEO Counselor Training, U.S. Department of Energy, Phoenix, AZ, November 19, 1998 (co-presenter).