Barbara S Williams

May 7, 1958September 6, 2013

Barbara Williams Devoted mother, international trade law expert.Barbara Williams (nee Silver), 55, of Millburn, N.J., passed away on September 6, 2013, at St. Barnabas Medical Center.Friends, relatives, and colleagues are invited to attend visitation and a service at Bernheim Apter Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, at 68 Old Short Hills Rd., Livingston, NJ, on September 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.Born in North Hollywood, CA, to Joan Bender and Jerry Silver, she received her Bachelor’s degree in 1980 from Cal Poly University, in San Luis Obispo, her J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco in 1983, and in 1992, an LLM in International Trade from New York University School of Law. After graduation from law school, Barbara worked at several firms in San Francisco. From 1992 to 1994 she clerked for the Honorable Richard Goldberg at the U.S. Court of International Trade, NY, NY. In 1994, Barbara joined the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Civil Division, International Trade Field Office in New York as a litigation attorney and in 2004 she was promoted to Attorney-in-Charge. Barbara was a passionate and thoughtful attorney who took great pride in her work for the Department of Justice. She strived to do the right thing in all matters she handled. Barbara was very active with the Court of International Trade Bar Association, serving as the Chair for Continuing Legal Education and Professional Responsibility, and a frequent speaker at conferences and bar association events. Barbara was a vibrant woman and easily made lasting and meaningful friendships. She was loved by all who knew her. An avid reader, Barbara also traveled extensively throughout Europe and all 50 states. Her greatest joy, however, was her son Jackson. She especially enjoyed watching him play ice hockey and lacrosse. Barbara was the beloved wife of David and the devoted and loving mother of Jackson. She is survived by her parents, her brothers Steve Silver, of Porterville, CA, Rick Silver of Derwood, MD and Larry Silver of San Luis Obispo, CA, and many loving nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barbara’s memory to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue NY, NY.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, September 12, 2013

Barbara S Williams

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Alice Kipel

October 2, 2013

Dear Dave, Jack and Family,

Barbara is so missed by her colleagues in the international trade and customs bar. We want you to know that we also considered her to be a very special person.

With sympathy and lots of good thoughts,

Mark Abramson

September 27, 2013

Very sorry to hear that Barbara passed away. I was great friends with Barbara in law school. I can still hear her voice, which always makes me smile.

Susan Rogers

September 12, 2013

Dave and Jack;
The service for Barbara captured her spirit, her fun and her love. She was one of a kind, I am grateful to have been her friend and had her in our lives. We will always be here for you, in any way. After all, Jack will always be Malcolm's "first friend" from those days in the St Barnabas nursery. Lots of love to you,

Rona Kwestel

September 12, 2013

Dear Dave and Jack,

I was so stunned to hear of Barbara's passing, and am deeply sorry we'd been out of touch these last few years. I always enjoyed our time together, and Barbara's warmth, humor, and vitality will remain very much alive in my mind. Wishing you peace and healing in the days and years to come.

Rona (and Allan and Jeremy, too)

September 12, 2013

Goodbye, dear friend.
Love, kate

September 11, 2013

Dave, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and Jack. Barb was so much fun to be with on the sidelines at lacrosse games. I will miss her company and calming presence greatly. - Kim Wachtel

Steve Shin

September 11, 2013

Dave & Jack,

We are sorry for your loss.

- Steve & Noah

Roger Jordan

September 11, 2013

Dave, so sorry for your loss. My sincerest condolences!

Duncan Rogers

September 10, 2013

There is almost nothing I can write that will adequately sum up what her friendship meant to our family.

Tammy Dandino

September 10, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss Dave and Jack. We are still in disbelief over the news. Barbara's smile and laugh were infectious and she was such a lovely person. We are keeping you and your whole family in our hearts and prayers. Sending love from the Dandinos.

Tammy, Dan, Tommy and Matt