Pettit attended Howard University from 1963 until 1967, where he earned his bachelor’s of arts degree. While at Howard, Pettit played football, participated in the ROTC program, reaching the rank of colonel and pledged Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. While at Howard, he received the Holland Ware award for the student athlete demonstrating all around athletic and academic ability. Pettit earned his law degree from Howard in 1970.
In 1970, Pettit began his career as a trial attorney for the Small Business Administration under President Richard Nixon. His duties included preparing briefs for the Department of Justice on fraud cases involving SBA loans. He litigated his first private case, Pettit vs. the United States. The case received national acclaim and is considered a landmark decision, setting the standard for back pay awards in discrimination cases. In 1973, Pettit brought the first suit in the country against Maryland for discrimination in the bar examination. The case would lead to other states changing its testing practices. In 1973, Pettit left the SBA and formed Mitchell, Pettit, David and Gill and later his own practice.
Pettit handled many high profile criminal and personal injury cases. In 1977, he won Scott v. Sutton Place, which determined that Maryland landlords have responsibility and are liable for criminal activity on their property. In 1983, he won his first million-dollar judgment against the Washington, D.C. Transit Authority in the accident case, Goodwin v. Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation. Pettit continues to practice law in Baltimore, where he resides with his wife, Barbara.
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Mrs. Francis-Williams is not afraid to take the lead on controversial matters assisting 26 judges on the law as a Judicial Clerk. Using the freedom of being an independent thinker and passion for the law to effect change both within and outside the legal community, Mrs. Francis-Williams has been involved in a number of worthy efforts to help those in need from working with the Roper Victim Assistance Academy of Maryland to beginning an apprenticeship program for minority law students. She is an intensely passionate thinker in both the civil and criminal arenas and always uses her powers of persuasion for good. She is a major proponent of safeguarding the fundamental rights of all people and is not afraid to fight to preserve them. As a result of her efforts, Mrs. Francis-Williams was recently awarded the prestigious Black Law Students Association Image Award in 2011 and Alumnus of the year in 2012. Mrs. Francis-Williams began her own law practice, The Law Office of Latoya A. Francis-Williams, LLC., in 2012, focusing her practice areas on civil and criminal defense work, domestic matter, victims’ rights and Fair Housing practices. Shortly thereafter, Attorney Francis-Williams began working with the world renown, Law Offices of A. Dwight Pettit, P.A., expanding her repertoire to include personal injury, and police brutality/excessive force cases.
Currently, Mrs. Francis-Williams chairs the Membership Committee for Monumental City Bar Association. Founded in part by the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in 1935 as a coalition of Black lawyers promoting justice for all people, Monumental City Bar Association remains one of the premier Bar Associations in the State of Maryland. Mrs. Francis-Williams is also a member of the National Bar Association (NBA), Alliance of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA), American Bar Association (ABA), Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity (PDP).
In addition, Mrs. Francis-Williams can be seen making career connections for minority law students through “The Practice,” an apprenticeship program she began her last year of law school with the assistance and generosity of the great Attorney William “Billy” H. Murphy, Jr., Esq.
Mrs. Francis-Williams have years of experience in the business of uplifting the black community through community development and now the practice of law. In her free time she enjoys exercising and spending time with her husband and daughter.
General Practice of Law: 1973 to present.
Assistant Public Defender: Baltimore City from August 1973 to April 1974.
District Counsel: Small Business Administration in Washington, D.C. from February 1972 to August 1973.
Lecturer: Federal City College in Washington, D.C. from May 1972 to August 1973
Trial Attorney: Office of Litigation of General Counsel Staff Small Business • Administration from March 1971 to February 1972.
Areas of experience
2005 Alumni Award from Howard University Alumni Chapter, Baltimore
Young Lawyer of the Year Award; Monumental Bar Association (1974)
Outstanding Achievement Award; Howard University Alumni (1978)
Distinguished Service Citation; Baltimore Frontiers Club (1977, 1978)
Law and Service Outstanding Achievement Award; Baltimore Howard University Alumni (1980)
Outstanding Abilities in Leadership, Community Service, Economic Achievements and Humanitarian Award; Minority Business Directory (1985)
Lawyer of the Year; Lift Every Voice and Sing Foundation (2000 and 2001)
Member, Prince Hall Masons
Member, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
Board of Directors/Education Committee, NAACP
Board of Directors, Provident Hospital
Board of Directors, Champ Incorporated
Board of Minority Affairs, The Johns Hopkins University
Board of Directors, Business Resources Center
Loan Committee Member, Baltimore Community Investment Company
Co-Chairman, Fundraising Committee of the YMCA
Board of Directors, United Way
Original Board of Directors/Incorporators, Harbor National Bank
Member, Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland (2003)
American Bar Association
Attorney Grievance Inquiry Panel
Baltimore City Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar
Maryland Bar Association
Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Maryland Trial Lawyers Association
Monumental Bar, Past President
National Bar Association
Co-Chairman for Jimmy Carter (1976) — Maryland Primary and General Presidential Campaigns.
National Finance Committee, Jimmy Carter Presidential Campaign
Floor Whip, National Democratic Convention (1976)
Delegate-at-Large, National Democratic Convention (1976)
Jimmy Carter Transition Committee (1976)
Presidential Inauguration Host Committee (1976)
Member, Compliance Review Commission for the National Democratic Party (1978-80)
Jessie Jackson Presidential Campaign Chairman, Baltimore City (1984)
Member, Democrats for Ehrlich (2002)
National T.V. appearances
MSNBC (police shootings)
The Maury Povich Show — Mike Tyson
The Leeza Show — Mike Tyson
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Alvin Dwight Pettit was born on September 29, 1945, in Rutherfordton, North Carolina. His mother worked as a beautician and his father worked as an engineer. His family migrated to Baltimore after his father was offered an engineering job in Maryland. In 1958, his father initiated a lawsuit against Harford County, Maryland school officials, forcing the school system to integrate the all-white Aberdeen High School. Pettit, represented by Thurgood Marshall, won his suit and was admitted to Aberdeen and graduated in 1963. In addition to being the first African American male to attend the school, he also integrated the football team.
Latoya Francis-Williams, Esq. is a first generation American raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a graduate of Morgan State University and University of Baltimore School of Law. Mrs. Francis-Williams was admitted to the Maryland State Bar in 2011 and the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland in 2012. She began her work with the Maryland District Court immediately after obtaining her J.D. Attorney Francis-Williams has maintained a high level of work ethic and practice
Born to solve problems, Tierra Gregory spent her early career as a software engineer at Lockheed Martin Corporation. During that time, she cultivated and ran a small retail company. She brings both corporate experience and entrepreneurship to her law practice.
Ms. Gregory is an associate attorney at The Law Office of A. Dwight Pettit, where she handles a variety of cases involving personal injury, premises and products liability, torts, wrongful death other general litigation claims for clients in Maryland.
In her private practice, Ms. Gregory represents entrepreneurs, companies and artists attain a stronghold on their business, brands, and other intellectual property. Ms. Gregory is available for keynote speaking, panels, classes and events. Ms. Gregory is especially effective at energizing youth to explore their options, and pursue possibilities to reach their full potential.
Ms. Gregory grew up in Baltimore City. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at Loyola University in Maryland. Ms. Gregory continued her education at the University Of Baltimore School Of Law to earn a Juris Doctor. In addition to her collegiate education, Ms. Gregory has a vast knowledge of Baltimore City. This powerful combination allows Ms. Gregory to thrive with her competitive and resourceful edge.
Maryland State Bar Association
Monumental City Bar Association
Alliance of Black Women Attorneys
Western High School
Loyola College in Maryland
University of Baltimore Law School