Funeral held for well known Tulsa defense attorney

Tuesday, January 6th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

One of Tulsa's most well-known, well-respected defense attorneys was laid to rest Tuesday.

Pat Williams' funeral was standing room only and features included guitar music, the sharing of funny memories and a huge copy of the Constitution in which he so strongly believed.

News on 6 reporter Lori Fullbright says Pat Williams's first love after his family was the law. He was both a prosecutor and a defense attorney in the past many decades, best known for his defense work, that included many high-profile clients.

The trial of big-time cocaine dealer Jose Silva in the early 1990's received national attention and his defense of wealthy socialite Barbara Bell for murder, again thrust him into the limelight and a fierce battle with prosecutors.

No matter who his client, Williams brought to the case a brilliant legal mind and a down-to-earth style that won over juries and delighted courtroom observers.

Williams was known for his western attire, his razor-sharp wit and his sense of humor both in and outside the courtroom. He traveled across the country teaching the law at places as pretigious as Harvard. His hobbies were as colorful as his personality.

Williams was not your typical 73 year old. Dressing head to toe in leather and riding around on his Harley. He was an avid photographer and a great musician, who loved to sing and was a virtuoso on the harmonica. Williams made no bones about his politics and was quick to take a verbal jab at the other side.

He was a champion of the underdog, a defender of liberty and promoter of due process. He was a fierce competitor, a steadfast friend and was a great presence in any room, not just because of his height of 6-6 and his booming voice, but also because of his humor and his heart.

Whether they agreed with him or battled against him, all agree Williams was larger than life and will be long remembered after death.

Pat Williams leaves behind a wife, two children and three grandchildren.

His family will give out an annual award in his name to the public defense attorney in Oklahoma who most upholds the principles Williams believed in and held dear.