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I am a solo practitioner, so I dedicate the full measure of my energies to each and every case I take on.  I will never "hand the case" over to another paralegal or attorney;  When I am hired, I am responsible for the entire progress of the matter.  I have taken hundreds medical malpractice, major personal injury, and Unlawful Detainer/Tenant Habitability matters through to successful settlements, verdicts, and arbitration awards.

I have handled thousands of medical malpractice, personal injury and landlord/tenant cases over the past 26 years.  I have acted as a Judge Pro Tem and Special Settlement Officer with the San Diego Superior Court, during which time I was able to bring the parties together to achieve numerous settlements in difficult personal injury matters.  I am presently applying for the same position in Riverside County.  I have been appointed as a party arbitrator in malpractice matters involving plaintiffs' claims against their healthcare providers.

The truth is that the vast majority of all litigation matters are settled outside of the courtroom, and the parties are usually better off if they can avoid the uncertainties of a trial.  But when the insurance company takes outlandish positions or unreasonably refuses to settle cases, the only option is to go court and try the case.   Unlike many attorneys who may attempt to settle a case before the "heavy lifting" begins, I AM NOT CONCERNED OR AFRAID about going to trial if that is what is required to protect the rights of my clients.

I have and will always do everything in my power to zealously represent YOUR best interests.

Please call me for a free consultation concerning your legal problems


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 35%
    28 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Medical Malpractice: 35%
    25 years, 300 cases
  3. Employment & Labor: 20%
    10 years, 25 cases
  4. Landlord & Tenant: 10%
    25 years, 75 cases



Hourly ($300-450/hour), contingent (33-40%), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:


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  • Daniel Girvan Williams

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Contact info

27349 Jefferson Ave
Ste 105
Temecula, CA, 92590


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
UCSB Undergrad Research Award in Experimental Social PsychologyUCSB Psychology Department1976
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerMittelman Law Firm1987 - Present
Special Settlement OfficerSuperior Court of California1999 - 2001
Of CounselKollender & Sargoy1990 - 2000
Staff AttorneyL/O Harvey Pedersen1989 - 1989
Staff AttorneyLaw Offices of John Miller, APC1985 - 1987
Research Attorney, Judge NeedhamSupreme Court NSW, Australia1982 - 1983
ParalegalBuchalter Nemer Fields & Younger1978 - 1979
Association namePosition nameDuration
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMember Public Relations Committee2009 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMember2005 - Present
Southwest Riverside County Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember Legislative Review Committee1997 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1992 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Bennett v. ShahaalAppeal decided for Defendant
Doe v. Roe Helicopter Touring Co.Six figure settlements for each of five plaintiffs
Zeldin v. Roe Property Management Co.$550,000 settlement for plaintiffs
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Publication nameTitleDate
Journal of PersonalityEffects of normative control of self-disclosure on reciprocity1978
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeN/AN/A2010
University of Sydney, Sydney Law SchoolLawLL.B - Bachelor of Laws1983
University of California - Santa BarbaraN/ABA1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Lecture USC Dept of Biokinesiology & Physical TherapyPhysical Therapy Malpractice--Five Words You Never Want to Hear: "I'll See You in Court."2008
Murrieta Law Education DayPlaintiffs' Perspectives in Personal Injury Law2007