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M. Quentin  Williams

M. Quentin Williams

Sports/Entertainment Legal Expert, Business Advisor & Crisis Management Consultant

Biography

Quentin Williams is an attorney, author, prolific international speaker, former FBI agent and former federal prosecutor who has held positions as an executive with the National Football League (NFL) and National Basketball Association (NBA). Williams currently serves as an industry adviser/strategist and legal expert with a wealth of knowledge and experience in wide-ranging areas of business, including the sports and entertainment industries. With more than 30 years of established business expertise and over 25 years of legal experience, he is a trusted confidant and well-respected educator with a lengthy record of successful deal-making and community advocacy. An in-demand keynote speaker, he has addressed business, political and community leaders at conferences, symposia and other events worldwide. Read More >

This impressive pedigree serves Williams well as chairman and chief executive officer of The Butler Lappert Williams Firm PC– a full-service New York City law firm. The firm represents the legal and business interests of companies and individuals across a broad spectrum of industries including sports, entertainment, fashion, media, technology, medical, legal, financial, law enforcement and education. Williams is also chairman and chief executive officer of Williams Media and Marketing Group, LLC (Williams Media), a Los Angeles-based company. Founded in 2002, Williams Media creates, owns and produces media projects and events and offers brand development strategies for domestic and international properties. Additionally, Williams is co-founding member and president of administration at The CTQ Group, one of America’s top education consulting companies.

Williams’ high-achieving high school academic record and All-State football honors earned him numerous academic and athletic scholarship offers from many of the nation’s leading colleges and universities. Ultimately, he elected to attend Boston College on a full football scholarship. In 1987, he earned an undergraduate degree in economics and began his career as an administrator at a New York City law firm for one year before attending St. John’s University School of Law. In 1991, Williams graduated from law school with a concentration in labor law and worked as a litigator for one year with a New York City law firm before being appointed to serve as a special agent for the FBI.

After several years of service and being recognized on numerous occasions by the director of the FBI for his excellence and dedication as a law enforcement officer, Williams accepted the offer to serve as a federal prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office in the District of Connecticut. He prosecuted both white-collar and violent crime cases as an Assistant United States Attorney, and then transitioned into the world of professional sports with a position at the National Football League in New York City where he worked on off-the-field policy issues.

A position with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars followed wherein Williams negotiated player contracts and supervised several departments of football operations. Under his guidance, the team was recognized as having the NFL’s Most Outstanding Player Development Program. He subsequently served as team president for the North Charleston Lowgators, an NBA minor league team that was spotlighted during its championship run in the ESPN reality series, Down Low – Life in the D-League. While with the NBA, the Charleston Regional Business Journal selected Williams as one of the city’s most influential “40 Under 40” business leaders.

A dedicated community leader and mentor, Williams is an advocate of self-empowerment and service to others. He is the founder and chairman of the nonprofit organization Dedication to Community (D2C) and the impetus behind the D2C initiative Choose2Live—a community advocacy program that engages middle school through college students, law enforcement, community groups and inmates in building strong professional relationships and making positive, healthy and rational life choices. Quentin’s widely distributed and critically acclaimed book, A Survival Guide: How NOT to get KILLED by the POLICE, serves as the premier text for building relationships and constructing successful communities. His on-screen analytical skills are in high demand by film, television, radio and on-line media outlets.

Williams is also the co-founder and managing director of the nationally-distributed EndZone Luncheon Series and a visiting lecturer/contributor to his law school alma mater. He is a member of the Executive Committee for St. John’s University’s Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development and the Advisory Board for the university’s Sports Law Masters of Law (LL.M.) Program. His other activities include his work as a member of the Executive Committee for Seton Hall University’s Center for Leadership Development.

Quentin was born on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and grew up in New York City and Yonkers, New York. He is the proud parent of a wonderful son and an extraordinary daughter – both of whom serve as his inspiration. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Dedication to Community

TEDTalk: How Statistics Are Wrong

The Importance of Positive Personal Relationships

Speech Topics

Preparing For Greatness: Personal & Professional Choices

Quentin should have been a statistic but instead rose from the depths of poverty to a place of personal and professional success. Raised by a single mother on welfare in a bad neighborhood, he navigated a dangerous environment during the post-Civil Rights Movement of the late 1960s and 1970s, the crack epidemic of the late 1970s and 1980s and the gang wars of the 1990s to become a unique and thought-provoking leader. He connects his success to the choices he made. Read More >

In a global society where our talent-rich communities are being confronted with unprecedented challenges, the opportunities for success have also never been greater.

The key ingredients for overcoming life's challenges, attaining success and maximizing one's potential - both personally and professionally - are highlighted by Quentin in this talk; thus providing tremendous inspiration for the implementation of impactful life strategies. Read Less ^

Moving Closer To The Middle: Police/Community Relations

Quentin is one of our nation's preeminent experts in the area of police/community relations. Before the spike in public awareness, he published "A Survival Guide: How NOT To Get KILLED By The POLICE, Part I", which is a critically-acclaimed book positioned to save lives with instructions for drivers when they are being pulled over by the police. Quentin draws from his own experience as a young man, and his latter years in law enforcement, to outline how everyone can come together. Read More >

The depth of this talk offers real solutions and action steps for change - highlighting the importance of building productive and vibrant communities given the landscape of an ever-changing and diverse base of societal leadership, including those in the law enforcement, corporate, political and education industries.

Quentin advocates that education is the key for shifting societal culture - for both law enforcement and community members - and he has dedicated his life to bringing people together. Read Less ^

Turning Around Our Schools, Partnering with Communities: Education Industry

Quentin is the co-founder of the CTQ Group, a ground-breaking school turnaround company that consults with education and community leaders across the nation. He understands the deep generational disconnect that exists within many school systems at every level. His talk provokes thought about greater community engagement and cultural awareness in our school systems. We are at a pivotal time in our nation's history and the manner in which we educate our future generations will determine our standing in this ever-expanding global economy.

Relationships Determine Your Destiny: Personal & Business Success

Quentin attributes his success to the extraordinary relationships in his life—and provides a powerful message for people who can shape their lives by the company they choose to keep. He takes the audience through the relationships that propelled him forward in life. Read More >

After overcoming a childhood in poverty, Quentin attended Boston College on a full football scholarship where he also excelled as a track & field athlete. He would eventually become an attorney, FBI agent, federal prosecutor and sports executive with the NFL and NBA. Along the way, there were people who inspired, directed and sustained him.

As Quentin often notes, "relationships will determine your destiny", and this talk provides key takeaways for creating cherished, productive and sustainable relationships. Read Less ^

Equality is Everyone’s Job: Cultural Awareness & Acceptance

Quentin works with institutions of higher education, corporations, not-for-profit organizations and government entities to shed light on the importance of cultural awareness at every level of society. The battle for equality must be led by change agents who put forth a philosophy of acceptance in every sector. Mere tolerance is no longer an option. Understanding how diversity makes us better as a society and benefits all - economically and socially - is the foundation of this talk.

Going Beyond a Career to a Calling: Personal & Professional Empowerment

Quentin and his family founded Dedication To Community, a nonprofit organization with a mission to generate awareness around each individual’s role in building economic empowerment, public safety and social justice. He believes that we can heal the world and find a fulfilling life and career in service to others. He connects the dots of his own search to his eventual calling. Quentin advocates for paying it forward and threading your life’s purpose through your personal and professional journey. He often says that "we are built to do GOOD and WELL at the same time" and, during this talk, Quentin provides key steps for achieving that end.

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