Elyssa Williams is a partner in Formica Williams P.C., and practices civil litigation, immigration law and Second Family Law. Attorney Williams is best recognized for her focus on immigration law, and she has helped establish the firm as a leader in this growing and ever-changing field. She regularly briefs and argues at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on immigration matters.
Her fluency in Spanish enhances the firm’s client-focused approach, which is the key to their success in solving a complex range of immigration problems. Through her commitment to serving the needs of her clients, Elyssa has built a reputation as one of the preeminent legal advocates in the field. In addition to managing the firm’s immigration practice, Attorney Williams has brought several high level civil rights cases against municipalities and police departments over the mistreatment of foreign born citizens and permanent residents. Attorney Williams says, “I have grown to see that when a government is challenged as to its policies and assumptions, we improve its process and further its democratic process.”
As an undergraduate at Indiana University, Attorney Williams studied at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Madrid, Spain for six months, where she led a study on international doctorate programs for the Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset. She graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish, and received a Faculty Award for high-achieving non-resident students.
A native of Newington, Connecticut, Attorney Williams then returned to her home state to attend Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, Connecticut, and received her J.D., cum laude. While at Quinnipiac, she was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, where she competed as a finalist in the Dean Benbow Intramural Moot Court Competition and in the National Appellate Advocacy Competition in Boston. Attorney Williams also studied international law for two months in Florence, Italy, with the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. While in law school, she received wide-ranging experience as a clerk, both in the Hartford Superior Court and in New Haven Superior Court’s family division. She also served as a law clerk for Doctor’s Associates Inc. in their International, Trademarks and Corporations Group. As a legal intern for the State of Connecticut Attorney General’s Office, Attorney Williams worked in the Environmental Division, gaining more valuable insight.
Attorney Williams lives in New Haven with her husband, where she volunteers for New Haven Reads, an organization that offers free tutoring for students to improve literacy skills and academic performance. She has also offered her services as a Spanish translator for migrant farm health clinics throughout Connecticut. Attorney Williams is currently licensed to practice in the State of Connecticut and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She is a member of the Connecticut and American Bar Associations.