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Judge mulling disbarment of Abigail Williams, boss of lawyer convicted of theft, on similar claims

BOSTON — Former city law firm owner Abigail R. Williams, whose associate was disbarred and criminally convicted for stealing money from clients in 2019, is now facing possible disbarment herself. 

At a hearing Friday in front of a single state Supreme Judicial Court Justice, the commonwealth’s Board of Bar Overseers alleged Williams “diverted” more than $270,000 in settlement funds from three clients. 

“Just because there’s one thief in a firm doesn’t mean there aren’t two,” Assistant Bar Counsel Sherri Gilmore, who is pursuing the case for the state, said Friday as she summed up for the judge a tangled web of allegations that investigators have been sorting out for years. 

Abigail R. Williams during a court proceeding in Worcester in 2019.

Williams was the owner of Abigail Williams & Associates PC, a medical malpractice and personal injury firm that shuttered amidst a convergence of probes in 2018 after more than 20 years in business. 

Williams’ former associate, Ross Annenberg, was disbarred in 2015 after the BBO, which investigates and disciplines lawyers, accused him of “misusing” hundreds of thousands in client funds. 

Charged in 2018

The matter rested there for years until 2018, when Worcester police charged Annenberg with theft shortly after the Telegram & Gazette began inquiring about why charges had not been filed. 


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