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Judith A Williams

Mediation Attorney

5.0   3 reviews
  • State Years
    Texas - TX 14 years
    California - CA 27 years
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2010
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1996
    Inactive No misconduct found

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About Judith

Learn Judith’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Mediation

  2. Divorce and separation
    We understand the needs of families facing divorce,as well as the potentially-devastating impact it can have on children. Judy Williams supports Orange County families with the knowledge, care and experience necessary to safely navigate even the most complex and challenging family law situations.

    28 years, 500 cases

Judith A. Williams is a recognized mediator and collaborative law attorney with 15 years of experience in all areas of family law.  She has been a Panel Attorney on the Orange County Juvenile Dependency Court for 7 years, representing adoptions, foster children, and guardianships.  In 2009, Judy was named one of Orange County’s Top Lawyers by OC Magazine. 


Judy’s mission with The Center for Mediated Divorce (CMD) is to help clients amicably resolve disputes out of court and avoid the severe financial and emotional costs associated with lengthy litigation.  Judy understands the needs of families facing divorce, as well as the potentially devastating impact it can have on children.  Her decision to not do litigation supports her motto for CMD, “A Place for Peaceful Solutions”.  


As the managing attorney at the Center for Mediated Divorce, Irvine lawyer Judy Williams compassionately helps people resolve their issues in a divorce without having to go to court. Since 1996, she has been practicing as an attorney. Ms. Williams previously served as president and board member of the Orange County Women Lawyers Association. For a number of years, she was a Panel Attorney for the Orange County Juvenile Dependency Court. Attorney Williams presently maintains a 9.5 Superb Avvo Rating. Contact her firm today to arrange for a consultation.


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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Bill | November 6, 2013
Excellent Lawyer for a collaborative divorce
Looking back on our situation, Judy did a great job for us. She was very fair, listened to both of us and helped to address our concerns. When things could have escalated she always stepped in to help us clear the air and move on. She was good at helping us understand what each of us could do to work toward a more peaceful resolution. We still both cooperate to make sure our daughter and son gets love from both of us. She is doing well today and we are both active in her life. I would recommend Judith highly.
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Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2013
Knowledgeable and calm
Judy is an amazing mediator. Her knowledge and professional calm made me feel comfortable from the very first session. This is the hardest thing I have ever gone through and her expertise in handling family law matters made it manageable. She and her staff were always available to help with the many forms and to explain the process. She handled everything and I did not have to appear in court, which was a huge relief. I definitely would recommend Judy to my friends and family.
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Posted by Cathy | July 11, 2010
Professional and knowledgeable
I found Ms. Williams to be professional, intelligent, courteous and flexible in working with me. Her office staff is wonderful as well. My divorce should have been a simple one, but my ex-husband complicated it, but Ms. Williams was patient and thorough in navigating the different roadblocks that were thrown our way. She went the extra mile in trying to see if I could receive part of real estate that my ex-husband owned in a foreign country. I have recommended her services to others and would feel comfortable using her services again, but, hopefully, won't have to.
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AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Panel attorney, Juvenile Dependency Court
  • Orange County Superior Court
  • 2005 - Present
  • President
  • Sylvan Learning Centers/Memphis
  • 1984 - 2007
  • Elementary teacher
  • School systems in Illinois, N.M. Texas, and Md.
  • 1964 - 1970


  • University of Illinois, Champaign
  • Master of Education
  • 1965
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Language Arts
  • 1963
  • Whittier College School of Law, Los Angeles
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A


  • Orange County Women Lawyers Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2001 - Present
  • Orange County Barristers
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • William P. Gray Legion Lex
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Orange County Women Lawyers Association
  • President
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Family Law Section, Community Service Committee
  • Member
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Orange County Barristers
  • Board of Directors
  • 1996 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyer
  • Orange County Metro Magazine
  • 2009
  • Remarkable Woman Award
  • National Association of Women Business Owners
  • 2004
  • Wiley Award
  • The Public Law Center of Orange County
  • 1998
  • Attorney of the Year
  • The Public Law Center of Orange County
  • 1997
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  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
  • Guardianships & Conservatorships
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • Whittier Law School
  • Family Law Practice
  • 2000
  • Public Law Center
  • Basics of Adoption
  • 1998

Attorney endorsements

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Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Judith Williams is an outstanding Attorney and Mediator. She can settle even the most difficult cases and both parties (especially their children) come out winners both financially and emotionally. You will save so much money mediating your divorce with Attorney Williams by avoiding the high cost of litigation. She's the most patient, warm and competent attorney I know in this area of practice. If she cannot settle your case no one can!"

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Mediation Lawyer Judith A Williams
Judith A Williams
Mediation Attorney
Licensed for 27 years