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William F. Guilford, Jr. EMAIL: wguilford@guilfordlawgroup.com

William F. Guilford, Jr. is Owner and Founding Attorney at Guilford Law Group, PLLC. William has spent over 15 years in private practice where he has excelled in litigating complex, high stakes civil and matrimonial actions. William has represented clients in counties throughout the metropolitan New York City area, including New York, Kings, Queens, Bronx, Richmond, Rockland, and Westchester Counties. William has successfully argued and won numerous motions and trials in a variety of civil, matrimonial, and family law cases. William has represented various corporate entities, including prominent internet and television providers, entertainment venues, sports, and recreational centers, and national insurance carriers. William has also represented high net worth clients in divorce and separation cases involving multi-million dollar assets. William has expert experience handling prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and post-divorce agreement disputes involving the distribution of million-dollar assets. Additionally, William has represented a multitude of clients in order of protection cases and custody and visitation disputes involving matters both domestic and international.

Before private practice, William interned and wrote legal decisions for The Honorable Sidney H. Stein of the United States District Court, Southern District of New York. William prides himself in being a student of the law. William stays current on recent case and statutory law and provides his clients with the legal counsel of the highest caliber. William takes time to educate his clients and he provides them with the counsel they need to make confident and informed decisions. William is highly respected by his peers and, as a result, was chosen to serve on a judicial screening committee to interview and screen prospective judges. William is a graduate of Tuskegee University and New York University School of Law. While at NYU, William was a Dean’s scholarship recipient and an active member of local and national black law students’ associations. As a law student William also served as a mentor to local NYC youth. As an undergraduate student at Tuskegee University, William was voted “Mr. Tuskegee” by the student body in recognition of his academic achievements and his commitment to campus service organizations. William maintains a commitment to service today, serving on the Board of Directors of a community outreach program in New York City and volunteering at youth basketball camps near his home in New Jersey and his hometown in Alabama.

William has been rated by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers as a top rated attorney in Metropolitan New York City in 2022. William has also been recognized as a Top 100 lawyer in New York State by the National Black Lawyers in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Matrimonial Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Wrongful Death
  • Personal Injury
  • Education

  • New York University School of Law, Dean’s Scholar, J.D. 2005
  • Tuskegee University, Cum Laude, B.A. 2002
  • Associations

  • Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section

    Bar Admissions

  • New York State Bar
  • United States District Court, S.D.N.Y.
  • United States District Court, E.D.N.Y.