Hon. Alexander Williams III (Ret.)

Profile

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Successful private practice as a Mediator, Arbitrator and Discovery Referee since 2008
  • Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court for 24 years (1984-2008)
  • Full-time Settlement Judge for 3 years (2005-2008)
  • Settled hundreds of major civil cases as Superior Court Judge
  • Adjunct Professor, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law, since 2004
  • Co-Teacher, California Judicial College Civil Settlements Course (2004-2007)
  • Instructor, Los Angeles Superior Court Settlement Courses (2004-2007)
  • Frequent Instructor and Speaker on Judicial and Dispute Resolution matters
  • Hundreds of hours of formal ADR training (Pepperdine, Harvard, ABA, et al.)
  • “Peacemaker of the Year,” Southern California Mediation Association (2003)
  • Pepperdine University School of Law David McKibben Award for Outstanding Teaching by an Adjunct (2015)

Judicial Experience

  • 1984-2008 Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court
      • 2005-2008 Full Time Settlement Court
      • 1992-2005 Unlimited Jurisdiction Civil Trial Court
           1984-1992 Felony Criminal Trial Court

    Executive Committee, ADR Committee, California State-Federal Judicial Council, California Center for Judicial Education & Research (Judicial Training Organization) Governing Committee, Various other Court Committees

Professional Experience

  • 1980-1984 Chief Assistant United States Attorney, Central District of California, Los Angeles. Twice court-appointed US Attorney during this period
  • 1979-1980 Chief, Narcotic & Dangerous Drug Section, Criminal Division, United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
  • 1975-1979 Assistant United States Attorney, Central District of California, Los Angeles
  • 1969-1999 United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps Officer,
      1. Retired in 1999 with rank of Captain
      1. 1975-1999 Inactive (Reserve) Duty: U.S. & abroad
      1969-1975 Active Duty, Pearl Harbor, HI & Long Beach, CA
  • 1967, 1969 Police Officer, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Bar Admissions

Virginia (1969), California (1972), Hawaii (1972) United States Supreme Court, various federal appellate and trial courts

Education

1969 University of Virginia School of Law, Bachelor of Laws
1966 Yale University, Bachelor of Arts (cum laude)

Publications

  • “The Settlement Choice: Deal or Ordeal.” Advocate, Journal of the Consumer Attorneys Associations of Southern California. July 2007.
  • “A Matter of Choice.” Video presentation for The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law.
  • “ADR in the Courts.” Video presentationfor The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law.
  • Chapter 1 “Approaching Employment Remedies.” Employment Damages and Remedies. California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB). 2012

Professional Activities and Organizations

  • California Judges Association
  • American Bar Association (1970-2015)
  • State Bar of California
      1. Labor and Employment Law Section
      Litigation Section
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
      1. Labor and Employment Law Section
      Litigation Section
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • California Dispute Resolution Council
      Board of Directors, (2010-2012)
  • Southern California Mediation Association
  • Judge Advocates Association
  • Military Officers Association of America
  • Association of the United States Navy

Representative Cases