Former city attorney for New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu lands new job at law firm _lowres

City Attorney Sharonda Williams, photographed in 2010

The former city attorney for Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration, who left her post in November, has joined local law firm Fishman Haygood LLP, the firm announced Monday.

Sharonda Williams, who served as city attorney for more than two years, was the lead counsel representing the city in negotiations over federal consent decrees for the New Orleans Police Department and the Orleans Parish Prison. She also oversaw the city’s negotiations with its firefighters, which culminated in a $75 million settlement that ended a decades-long court fight.

Prior to that job, she served as chief deputy city attorney for nearly two years, and was a partner at Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, LLC.

“We are truly excited that Sharonda has joined our firm,” Fishman Haygood Managing Partner Jim Swanson said. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her years of private practice and serving as City Attorney for the City of New Orleans, and she will be a tremendous resource for our clients.”

Williams graduated summa cum laude from Xavier University of Louisiana in 1994, and from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2001. She has also served as president of Bridge House’s board of directors, and was a Grace House “Women of Substance Honoree” in 2009, among other accolades.

Rebecca Dietz, then Landrieu’s executive counsel, took the city attorney job after Williams’ departed.