Attorney C. Raphael Davis Williams

Fighting for everyday folks, every day! Spater & Davis-Williams represents regular people who have been wronged – by an employer, by a landlord, by a city or municipality, by a school district, or by law enforcement. Owner/Attorney Raphael Davis-Williams is a zealous civil rights lawyer committed to aggressively protecting your constitutional and statutory rights. Trust Spater & Davis-Williams to diligently fight on your side if you have been discriminated against or if you have been denied housing or employment because of your race, sex/gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, national origin, or age. Spater & Davis-Williams boldly pursues justice for those who are refused access to public spaces because of a disability and tenants forced by landlords to pay pet deposits or pet fees to benefit from the comfort of their medically prescribed, doctor recommended emotional support assistance animal. Sexual harassment on the job, a child dealing with school bullying, fired without just cause, police used excessive force; mistreated you while in law enforcement’s care and custody, battling a racist or a sexist boss or coworker – Spater & Davis-Williams is here to help. Multinational Corporation or the corner convenience store, nationwide leasing company or the landlord around the corner, big city police department or rural sheriff’s office – no matter the circumstance, The Law Office of Spater & Davis-Williams, LLC will stand with you and fight for you!

“A Lawyer is either a social engineer or a parasite on society.”

- Charles Hamilton Houston


Civil rights lawyer C. Raphael Davis-Williams is a proud Ohio State Buckeye and Class of 2010 graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Attorney Davis-Williams is the co-founder of The Law Office of Spater & Davis-Williams, LLC located in Columbus, Ohio. He is a Houston, Texas native and had a 14-year career as a television news reporter in Texas, Alabama, and Florida prior to becoming an attorney.

Raphael earned his undergraduate B.F.A. in 1992 in Radio/Television/Film from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Between 2004 and 2006 he completed all of the required course work – absent a thesis – for a Master of Liberal Arts degree with a concentration in government from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Making the most of every opportunity law school presented, Raphael clerked as a Summer Associate for two consecutive summers with the corporate law firm Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP. He also clerked in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio, Criminal Division; and for the Majority Counsel for the Ohio House of Representatives, 128th General Assembly. Raphael won the Federal Bar Association/Columbus Chapter’s 2010 Scholarship which afforded him a unique chance to complete an externship in the chambers of the Honorable Judge Algenon L. Marbley, United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division.

After earning his J.D. in May 2010, Raphael immediately began fighting to give voice to voiceless and value to the marginalized. Sandy Spater, Raphael’s dear friend and mentor, hired Raphael as an Associate Attorney for the Spater Law Office and Raphael hit the ground running. He co-counseled with Attorney Spater in both a state civil rape trial in August 2010 and a federal police misconduct trial in February 2011. In March 2012, following a devastating diagnosis of pancreatic cancer for Sandy, Raphael and Sandy became partners in The Law Office of Spater & Davis-Williams, LLC.

Community service is a core commitment and tradition of Spater & Davis-Williams. Raphael is a member of the Board of Directors and serves as Deputy General Counsel for the ACLU of Ohio as well as on the Executive Committee.  He also serves on the Board of Directors and is the immediate past President of the Board for Kaleidoscope Youth Center (kycohio.org), the only LGBTQ* youth center in the state of Ohio dedicated to creating a safe and empowering space for LGBTQ youth ages 12-20.


  • Ohio Bar, 2010
  • Federal Bar, Northern District of Ohio, 2011
  • Federal Bar, Southern District of Ohio, 2011
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2012




Spater & Davis-Williams, LLC continues a four decade tradition of fearlessly fighting for people. In 2012, Ohio civil rights icon Attorney Alexander “Sandy” Spater partnered with Raphael Davis-Williams as the founders of The Law Office of Spater & Davis-Williams, LLC.

Sandy Spater (1943-2013)

Sandy Spater was born in upstate New York. He attended Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin where he earned a B.A. degree in 1965 and attended the University of California at Berkeley between 1965 and 1967, where he earned his M.A. degree in Asian Studies. Mr. Spater also served in the Peace Corp. in Nepal between 1967 and 1969, working as a community development specialist. Between 1969 and 1970, he worked for a low-income housing program in Corinth, Mississippi.

Mr. Spater earned his J.D. in 1973 from The Ohio State University School of Law. Sandy Spater’s tireless fight to protect and preserve the civil rights of all garnered him the respect and admiration of both plaintiffs’ and defendants’ lawyers nationwide. Attorney Spater doggedly litigated cases that led to the racial integration of the Columbus Police Department, ensured women could serve as firefighters in the Columbus Fire Department, and protected the housing rights of racial minorities and families with children.



American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio – ACLU of Ohio: www.acluohio.org
Ohio Civil Rights Commission – OCRC: crc.ohio.gov
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – (EEOC) www.eeoc.gov
Kaleidoscope Youth Center – KYC: www.kycohio.org
U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – Ohio: portal.hud.gov
Legal Aid Society of Columbus – LASC: www.columbuslegalaid.org
Disability Rights Ohio – DRO: www.disabilityrightsohio.org
The Center for Disability Empowerment: www.disabilityempowerment.net
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law: http://moritzlaw.osu.edu
Columbus Bar Association: www.cbalaw.org


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“A Lawyer is either a social engineer or a parasite on society.”

- Charles Hamilton Houston