Jeffrey R. Williams



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Jeff has earned the respect and regard of his clients and colleagues for being both fair and compassionate but also compelling and unwavering in the presentation and argument of his clients' cases. As a lifetime learner, he also relishes the opportunity to study and effectively communicate the technical, scientific and medical issues that are almost always at the core of his defense of his clients.  If asked, he will tell you that nothing he does is as professionally satisfying -- or simply as much fun -- as figuring out how to take a challenging engineering or technical concept and explain it to a jury.

Jeff possesses three decades of high-level experience in complex product liability defense litigation. He has handled claims involving the use of consumer products and heavy industrial equipment that resulted in catastrophic injury or death, and has worked with his clients to shape national litigation strategies. He has also managed teams of trial lawyers working in different parts of the country, successfully guiding them through negotiation, arbitration and resolution.

For the past 20 years, Jeff has taught Civil Pretrial Practice to 3L's at UC Hastings College of the Law, where he also holds the distinction—along with his father and his daughter—of belonging to an exclusive group of families that can boast three generations of graduates from that school.

  • Education

      • University of California ­ Hastings College of the Law, J.D.,1978, Note and Comment Editor, Hastings Law Journal, Thurston Society
      • University of California ­ Berkeley, B.A., 1975

    Bar Admissions

      • California 
      • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
      • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
      • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Professional Memberships

    • American Bar Foundation

      • Fellow
    • International Association of Defense Counsel

    • Network of Trial Law Firms

      • Past Chair

    Honors & Awards

    • Northern California Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters (2013-2014)

    • Peer Reviewed AV® Preeminent™, MartindaleHubbell (Since 1992)

    Speeches & Presentations

    • “Beating Conspiracy Claims,” Network of Trial Law Firms seminar, New York (2006)

    • “Punitive Damages After State Farm,” Network of Trial Law Firms seminar, Palm Beach, Fla. (2003)

    • “Effective Preparation of In­house Counsel for Mediation Leadership,” Network of Trial Law Firms seminar, Stamford, Conn. (2001)