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The past 40 years of Dick L. Williams’ life has flown by, he said.
In 1972, he established his office at 139 E. Washington St. In the years that ensued he watched his one-man law firm grow into a family affair.
Williams’ start in law came about because his father did not want him to be a jeweler.
Williams came from a long lineage of jewelers. His grandfather, father and uncles were all jewelers. Williams’ was growing up in Metropolis, in Southern Illinois, when his father was crippled by arthritis and blindness.
“My father told me not to become a jeweler … My dad talked about being a lawyer a lot. He respected them. He said there was no future for jewelers,” Williams said.
Williams followed his father’s advice. Prior to opening his office in East Peoria, Williams was an assistant state’s attorney for Peoria County for four years. He worked as a counseling deputy for the Department of Insurance from 1965 through 1968.