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Divorce and domestic legal issues can be life-altering and stressful. Our office will evaluate your case, develop a legal plan, and guide you through every step of your legal journey. We will explain the law, answer your questions, provide you with options on ways to proceed and work with you toward resolution - whether that resolution is in or out of the courtroom.
Angela Cox Williams
Angela is a Family Law Specialist certified by the Louisiana Bar Association whose law practice focuses on divorce and family law. An attorney for over 20 years, Angela is vastly familiar with the courtroom, judicial system, and most importantly, the law. Angela’s goal is to achieve the best outcome in your case while being mindful of preserving civility in families.
Angela is a life-long resident of St. Tammany Parish, a graduate of LSU Law, an Army Veteran, and the mother of three boys. Angela is also a mediator and licensed in Mississippi. Angela has served as the Family Chair for the 22nd JDC, the Exam Chair for the Louisiana Board of Specialization, is a member of the Family Law Specialization CLE committee, Chair for the 22nd JDC Women in Law Committee, and has presented various CLEs and lectures on family law topics.
Jesmin Basanti Finley, began working with the Law Office of Angela Cox Williams in 2011. Jesmin is a passionate family law attorney who has dedicated her practice to assisting clients and families navigate the complex legal process. As a skilled trial attorney, Jesmin is always prepared to use her extensive legal knowledge and trial skills in the courtroom, she will also explore alternative dispute resolution methods, including mediation and negotiation, to ensure the best outcome for her clients. Jesmin’s creative, solution-oriented, style has proven to be invaluable to her clients.
With over 13 years of experience, Jesmin has now focused her practice in the areas of Family Law, Successions, Estate Planning and General Civil Litigation. After obtaining her law degree from Western New England University School of Law, Jesmin began her career as a Corporate Lobbyist in Connecticut, dealing with State and Federal legislative issues. During her time in law school, Jesmin worked for the Governor of Connecticut and assisted the law school in winning back-to-back Moot Court competitions. In addition to her private practice, Jesmin has volunteered as a pro bono attorney through, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services and served as the 22nd Judicial District Court Family Law Chair in 2016 and the Women in Law Chair in 2019. In her free time, Jesmin enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband and two children.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
There are many facets to family law. Our office handles a wide variety of cases, uncontested to extremely complex, and areas of practice include the following:
Protective Orders/Restraining Orders
"I have been a client of this Law Firm since 2012. Angela and Jesmin have always given 100% while representing me. I always have the feeling like I am their #1 priority. They are both passionate, honest and approachable. I will continue To recommend others to them for the BEST service on the Northshore." -Kristen
"The Law Office of Angela Cox Williams and her staff are absolutely amazing. I was going through a very traumatic time in my life: divorce, child custody, property settlement, all while dealing with a debilitating illness; Angela and her staff got me through this rough time. And more than once, Angela and her staff have went above and beyond to assist me; victoriously I may add. I thank God for Angela. The kindness, the time, the effort Angela and her staff put in made all the difference in my life." -Lisa
"I was involved in a highly contentious child custody case in which I had previously retained two highly recommended child custody attorneys. My custody case had been lingering for years with no real resolution or closure. The attorney I had retained prior to Mrs. Williams had to recuse himself from the case due to a legal issues pertaining to the other party. I was slightly nervous about the search for a new attorney due to the time and money I had tied into my previous attorney. In dealing with the previous attorneys there was a feeling as if information you were feeding them was going in one ear and out the other. It turned out to be a huge blessing. I cannot say enough about Mrs. Williams and her staff. She and her team take a vested interest in each and every case, I know this as I have recommended others and the consensus is unanimous. Mrs Williams did everything in her power and professional ability to derive an amicable resolution to my case, however; when there was no other option she set a trial date. She and her team were extremely professional in there preparation. She has an amazing ability to compile a mosaic of the case so when you enter the courtroom the case flows without missing a beat. Mrs Williams remembered for detail every important aspect as if it were the only case she had. I remember calling her office a few days prior to trial with a question and being told that she would have to call me back later as she and her staff were conducting a mock trial for my case. I felt comfort as I knew and completely entrusted that come trial time she would be completely prepared. They welcome you in their office like family. You have a felling of complete comfort working with them. When your attorney is prepared and able to translate all the important fact and details to the judge the results turn out to be what is best for all parties involved. There is no attorney out there better than Mrs Williams and her staff as through my case I can say that I have had the ability to see most of the more commonly recommended, as my ex-wife went through her fair share, and after analyzing each of them I can assure you are not going to get the personal touch or professionalism you will receive from Mrs Williams and her staff." -Jason
"If you are in a position that you need legal counsel for a family law case, make sure you have the best representing you. Angela and Jesmin have your best interests at heart each and everyday. Not only are they well versed on the law and will aggressively advocate for you, but they will treat you with respect and fully explain the process to you." -Kristen
"I needed Angela’s services for a contested divorce and custody case. I never for a moment doubted that Angela was giving me advice that she herself would take, if she were in my shoes. It gave me great comfort to know that I had her fighting for me and my children. I can’t recommend her or her staff enough! 10 stars!" -Julie