Appointed to the bench by the Board of Trustees in 2008, and elected in 2009, Tanya Hobson-Williams was the first African-American Female Justice in the Incorporated Village of Hempstead before leaving the bench in 2013. Tanya Hobson–Williams obtained her B.A. in Government and Politics from St. John's University and her law degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Labor and Policy.
Tanya Hobson-Williams has an active elder law practice assisting senior citizens in obtaining Medicaid for Home Care and Nursing Home Care. She routinely lectures at senior citizen centers, assisted living facilities, law schools and counsels families on a variety of topics of concerns to families caring for the elderly. Attorney Hobson-Williams is also contracted by the State of New York Employee Assistance Program to provide training to state employees on legal issues that affect state employees.
Tanya Hobson-Williams’ practice has resulted in a number of legal decisions that have assisted attorneys in the practice of Guardianship Law and has written a number of articles on Guardianship practice in New York and Medicaid planning for seniors. As a Village Justice, Tanya Hobson-Williams, struck down unconstitutional Village laws in her People v. Allstate Properties and upheld free speech in People v. Babyak decisions.
Attorney Hobson-Williams engages in pro bono legal services through her work as a Guardian ad Litem with the N.Y.C. Housing Courts in New York City providing services to disabled and senior citizens who need representation in Housing Court who are facing eviction. Attorney Hobson-Williams has served as a Guardian ad Litem for over 13 years and has represented hundreds of individuals facing eviction.
She gained her expertise in the field of elder law through her employment with several New York City Law Firms before opening her own practice. She received recognition from the Nassau County Executive Office, the Hempstead Branch of the NAACP for legal services, and a service award from the Calvary Tabernacle in 2013.
She has offices located in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx and has been an elder law attorney for 20 years.