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Charlotte Brown-Williams

District Court Judge District 26 (Brown-Williams)

Charlotte Brown-Williams


Legal Experience:

2009-present: Presided in civil, criminal, domestic violence, child support, juvenile and family courts.  Conducted civil jury trials, first appearances and bond hearings, detention and commitment hearings. 

Family Court Judge since 2010 handling domestic matters including, equitable distribution, alimony, divorce, child support, specific performance, domestic violence and child custody.

Eighteen years diverse experience including, corporate transactional associate in securities and finance, assistant public defender, general counsel, DSS attorney, practitioner  in civil litigation, wills, criminal, child support enforcement and family matters. 

Internships: Judge Francis X. Altimari, Second Circuit, Court of Appeals, Securities and Exchange Commission and Queens County District Attorney's Office.


Bar and Court Admissions:

The North Carolina State Bar

Admitted 1991

Mecklenburg County Bar

New York State Bar

Admitted 1990

Retired 2009

The Connecticut State Bar

Admitted 1990

Retired 2009



Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury, North Carolina, Master's in Divinity, 2001, Magna Cum Laude

St. John's University School of Law, Jamaica, New York, Juris Doctor, 1990, with honors, Member, St. John's Journal of Legal Commentary

City University of New York,(York College), Jamaica, New York, B.A. Economics and Accounting, 1979, Cum Laude

Attended Hofstra University, Long Island, New York, Master's In Business Administration from 1985 - 1986

Chartered Financial Consultant, 1983

Series 6 & 7 Licensed, 1983


Professional Involvement:

Truancy Court Judge volunteer at Merry Oaks Elementary School, Charlotte, NC.  For 10 weeks each semester, I meet with children, their parents and school social workers in cases where children have excessive absences.

Mecklenburg County Lunch with a Lawyer Program.  2007-2008; 2012 - 2013. Mentor to middle school student.

NC Association of Women Attorneys

National Bar Association

NC Association of Black Lawyers

John S. Leary Bar Association

Former member, Editorial Board of the NC Academy of Trial Lawyers (1992-1994)

Former member, Board of Governors of the NC Assocation of Black Lawyers (1992-1995)


Civic and Community Involvement:

Ordained Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.  Pastored various churches in North Carolina from 1995-2008.

Associate Minister, Jonahville AME Zion Church, Huntersville, NC.

National Black Child Development Institute, Charlotte Chapter.  Program to increase literacy, education and health among children.

Board member, Zachariah Alexander Community Development Corporation.  Associated with St. Paul Baptist Church to develop day care, senior and affordable housing.

Board Member, Dorothy Walls Conference and Retreat Center, Inc., Black Mountain, NC since 2000.  57 Acre site developed for camp, conferences and events.

National Council of Negro Women

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.



Please describe why you would be the best candidate for the open judicial position:                        

In 2008, 62% of Mecklenburg County citizens believed that I had the qualifications and temperament to serve in the Charlotte Brown-Williams seat.  I have almost 4 years judicial experience in every courtroom and have made sound, well-reasoned and timely decisions in thousands of cases. 

I have had to make the tough decisions in highly emotionally charged and contested child custody cases and distributed millions of dollars of assets in equitable distribution cases.

My resolution rate in 2011 was 92% which means I resolved most cases. My continuances rate is a low 3%.

I am utilized by the Chief District Court Judge to cover other courts when Family Court is not in session because of my experience.

I brought over 31 years of diverse business and legal experience to the bench.

I believe that 15 years of pastoring gave me insights into problems facing the people of our communities.


Campaign telephone number:  704-765-1419                                                                                       


Campaign email address:  judgebrown2012@gmail                                                                              


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