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Richard M. Williams, Partner with Gray·Duffy, LLP, has more than 40 years of complex litigation experience including class action matters, and has tried more than 40 cases to verdict in both state and federal courts. His practice covers a breadth of litigation matters including product and premises liability, catastrophic and other personal injury, public entity defense, professional negligence, real estate, intellectual property, employment and unfair business practices.

Mr. Williams works closely with clients to analyze the essence of a dispute with the goal of resolving cases in an efficient and cost effective manner. He successfully represents a wide range of clients including insurance companies, business service firms, collection services, higher education organizations, major grocery stores, school districts, contractors, steel manufacturers and property management firms.

With extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution, Mr. Williams has been involved in more than 700 cases as an acting judge pro tem, special master, arbitrator or mediator. He has been trained by and mediated cases for the First, Second and Sixth District Courts of Appeal. Mr. Williams sits on mediation panels of the San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara County Superior Courts. His particular mediation experience includes cases involving intellectual property, clergy abuse, personal injury, business litigation, professional liability, real estate and employment disputes.

Mr. Williams is on the Neutral Panel for the Santa Clara County Bar Association. He was previously on the Board of Governors of the California Trial Lawyers Association (now the Consumer Attorneys of California) and has led trial advocacy seminars for continuing education courses (CEB, ALI and ADC) as well as instructed classes in law and the court system to local high school students. He has also coached high school football and baseball.

Mr. Williams, a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated attorney, obtained his B.A. from Stanford University in 1971 and his J.D. from University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1975.


Practice areas


  1. Mediation: 40%
  2. Litigation: 40%
  3. Class Action: 10%
  4. Arbitration: 10%



Hourly ($275-500/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Richard Alexander

    Rick Williams combines experience as both plaintiff's and defense counsel, common sense, the insight to read between the lines, the ability to provide a 360 degree evaluation and the willingness to "keep at it" until it is done. Definitely not a 9 to 5er. Solid work ethic before and during a mediation. Rick is personable and persuasive. Outstanding reputation with the bench and bar. An excellent choice for a wide range of claims. And he has an refreshing sense of humor. Without reservation a top choice.


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Contact info

Gray•Duffy, LLP

210 B Twin Dolphin Drive
Redwood City, CA, 94065


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2016
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerGray Duffy LLP2010 - Present
PartnerRopers, Majeski, Kohn, Bentley, Wagner & Kane1983 - 2010
PartnerEagle, Williams & Courtney1980 - 1983
AttorneyNelson, Perlov & Williams1975 - 1979
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federal Bar AssociationN/AN/A
California State Bar Association - Litigation Section of the State BarN/AN/A
Association of Defense CounselN/AN/A
American Arbitration AssociationN/AN/A
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Bar Association of San FranciscoN/AN/A
San Mateo County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Marsh v. Jack Henry and Associates and First National Bank of Central TexasSettlement after denial of class certification.
Bastion v. Speedy PC SoftwareDismissal
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
Stanford Law SchoolN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual MeetingAvoiding Litigation2014
Monthly MeetingRecent Developments in E-Discovery2012
Volt/Gallagher Bassett Annual MeetingBorrowed Servant Doctrine2011
CMAC Annual ConferenceRisk Management2010
CANA Annual ConventionRisk Management and Proper Procedures2005
CFDA Annual ConventionRisk Management2004