Todd Williams


Todd Williams is a North Carolina native, the elected District Attorney for Buncombe County, and a Board-Certified Specialist in Criminal Law. He attended UNC-Chapel Hill where he received a Bachelor’s in English. After college, Mr. Williams taught English as a Second Language and adult basic skills to textile workers, immigrants, and the homeless in central North Carolina.  That experience led Mr. Williams to pursue his Juris Doctor at Northeastern University Law School.  After law school, Mr. Williams worked for nearly 15 years as a public defender and as a capital defender. Mr. Williams represented indigent defendants of all ages at every level in our justice system -- from misdemeanors to murder. In 2014, Mr. Williams was elected District Attorney in Buncombe County.  

Mr. Williams is committed to ensuring the integrity of the justice system.  In addition, he has worked to support victims as DA by creating wraparound services for victims through the Child Advocacy Center and the Family Justice Center.  He has also worked as DA to implement services for offenders including the Justice Resource Center, the Adult Drug, and Juvenile Misdemeanor Diversion Programs, Veterans’ Treatment Court, expungement clinics and amnesty days, all focused on offering pathways for non-violent offenders to achieve employability and recovery without the stigma of a conviction.

Mr. Williams lives in Asheville with his wife, a trauma focused mental health counselor, and family.