Lake Charles native legal analyst for Fox News show
By Taylor Prejean / American Press
A Lake Charles native, now a Washington, D.C., attorney and legal analyst for the Fox News show “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” has become “a favorite among the viewers,” according to the show’s host.
Ted Williams, who grew up in the Brownsville area of Lake Charles, said he never dreamed he would one day be on television.
“I never in my wildest imagination saw myself as ever being on television analyzing cases before millions of people in the country,” Williams said.
He said he worked for a local developer while in high school, and later as a paper boy for the American Press.
“I think one of the best experiences I had in Lake Charles was working at the American Press,” he said. “It gave me the opportunity to be a businessperson for myself.”
While still in Lake Charles, Williams said his relationship with local attorney Eugene Lawes inspired him to pursue a legal education.
He said he enlisted in the military after high school, then earned a master’s degree before beginning law school. He also worked as a Washington, D.C., police officer and federal agent.
After law school, he got a show through 20th Century Fox called “Power of Attorney.” Fox News picked him up as a contributor after two years on the show.
Since then, Williams said he has been all over the country with Van Susteren, covering some of the nation’s highest-profile cases and legal issues.
Williams said his law enforcement and legal experience give him a unique perspective.
“There is a great deal that I draw from the law enforcement side,” he said. “You can instinctively pick up on when litigants are telling the truth by virtue of my training.”
Van Susteren told the American Press in a telephone interview that she frequently calls on Williams to contribute on her legal panel because of his experience.
“First of all, he’s been a police officer, which brings a whole new dynamic to it, so he’s basically a twofer,” she said. “I get the police officer background, and I get the legal background.”
Van Susteren said she and Williams have become friends over the years while covering most of the nation’s major criminal cases, including the O.J. Simpson and Casey Anthony trials.
She said Williams’ practical experience sets him apart from other attorneys she could call on to offer commentary.
“I want to get that extra edge for our show at 10 o’clock. We’re the last show in prime time, so I need people with the best experience, with real experience who haven’t just studied about it. That’s why Ted’s such a great guest,” she said.
Van Susteren said Williams is like a brother to her, and she believes viewers appreciate the rapport between her and the legal analysts. “We can poke fun at each other, but still keep to the issues,” she said.
Williams said his law practice and his television work have made for a satisfying career, and he owes a great deal to Van Susteren for making him a part of her show.
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