Alexander H. Williams III has been a mediator in private practice with ADR Services, Inc. in Los Angeles, California since 2008. In that capacity, he has settled hundreds of cases involving a wide variety of legal claims.
He served from 1984 to 2008 as a Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles. For eight years he presided over felony criminal cases, including capital cases. Thereafter he tried general unlimited jurisdiction civil cases. He has tried hundreds of jury trials and hundreds of non-jury court trials. During his last three years on the bench, he was a full-time Settlement Judge, conducting multiple Settlement Conferences daily and resolving hundreds of cases.
For nine years before assuming the Bench, Williams was a federal prosecutor in the United States Department of Justice. His duties included one year as a Section Chief in the Criminal Division in Washington, D.C., and four years as the Chief Assistant United States Attorney (and twice Court-appointed Interim United States Attorney) for the Central District of California in Los Angeles.
From 1969 to 1975, he served on active duty as an attorney naval officer in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, United States Navy, in Long Beach, California and Pearl Harbor, Hawai'i. After release from active duty, he remained in the Naval Reserve, retiring in 1999 as a Captain.
Upon graduation from Law School, Williams served as a Police Officer in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Judge Williams is an Adjunct Professor at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California. He co-teaches the Mediation Clinic Class. He also frequently teaches in mediation professional skills programs sponsored by the Straus Institute. He was given the McKibben Award for outstanding teaching by an Adjunct Professor in 2015.
In 2003 he received the "Peacemaker of the Year" award from the Southern California Mediation Association.
Judge Williams received his Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Yale University and his Bachelor of Laws (J.D. equivalent) from the University of Virginia School of Law. He has been admitted to practice law in the states of Virginia, California and Hawai'i.
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