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Elizabeth A. Williams



Plaintiffs’ Attorneys:

Santa Clara County:
“Dear Ms. Strickland: I represent the plaintiff in the [case name] matter.  This case was settled through mediation with Elizabeth Williams. This is the first time that I have used Ms. Williams as a mediator, and I was impressed with the way she conducted the mediation. I found her to be thoroughly knowledgeable on the issues in our specific case, and compassionate and understanding with our client. I especially appreciated the fact that she allowed our client an opportunity to talk about her injuries and suffering. Giving injured parties the opportunity to “air their grief” helps immensely in the overall healing process, as people sometimes feel cheated if they are denied the opportunity of telling their story. It is a strong psychological boost to their well-being, something Ms. Williams was obviously well aware of. I found Elizabeth Williams to be knowledgeable, thorough, and totally in command of the mediation process. I thought she did an outstanding job and would not hesitate to use her again and would recommend using her as a mediator to other attorneys."

Very truly yours,
P. Kemp
Santa Clara County, California


“Ms. Williams was tireless, patient, professional, courteous and extremely competent!”

Santa Clara County, California


“I recommend that you try Elizabeth Williams [Jack¹s daughter] as a mediator.
She does good work and is a very good value at $350.00 per hour. We have found her to be firm and positive, without being pushy.  She knows how to maintain control of the process to move it to resolution in one setting and is cost-effective on the medium to small size case that cannot afford to carry heavy mediation charges, but which benefits from a mediation as opposed to wasting time on an arbitration where you have no idea what you will be getting. Clients find her likeable and trustworthy.  And she is fluent in Spanish.  In my book she is a natural, has the benefit of Jack¹s years of experience
in understanding insurance company requirements, and the right personality and style for the job.  Apple doesn't fall far from the tree.”

R. Alexander,
San Jose, California


Other Counties:
“Dear Ms. Williams, I would like to thank you for your excellent service at the mediation of the [case name] matter. I have worked with many mediators, including retired Appellate Justices, retired federal court judges, retired state court judges and many fine counsel all over the state, and I would consider you among the top five. … "

Very Truly Yours:
W. Brown, III
Encinitas, California


“Dear Ms. Williams, I am writing to thank you for your assistance in helping the parties resolve the above-referenced matter. You were truly instrumental in bringing this matter to a resolution. This was a difficult case with a number of complexities that acted as impediments to reaching settlement.”

T. Egan,
Petaluma, California


”Dear Ms. Strickland, I am a trial lawyer in Santa Cruz County, and past president of the Santa Cruz County Trial Lawyer’s Association. I am writing to let you know what an excellent experience I have had with mediator, Elizabeth Williams, in two, recent cases. Ms. Williams served as the mediator in [case name, Alameda County] and [case name, Santa Cruz County]. She was able to settle both of these cases for me in one day.  The Alameda County case was particularly contentious and I had no expectation that the case would settle. I am very impressed with Ms. Williams’s skill and power, and I wanted to let you know in a more formal way than the general evaluation form allows."

L. Walther
Santa Cruz County, California


Defense Attorneys:

Santa Clara County:
“I have had the opportunity to work with Ms. Williams twice.  Each time I dealt with Elizabeth Williams, I found her to be professional, knowledgeable, and quick to respond… .” 

Santa Clara County, California


“I have used Elizabeth Williams in 4 mediations within the past year, and she got 3 of the cases settled to my and my clients’ complete satisfaction. No doubt she will follow up on #4."

Santa Clara County, California


“Ms. Williams, You are to be congratulated in keeping the roof on over [the plaintiff attorney’s] head and navigating the negotiations to a settlement which was eminently fair to both sides and within the bounds of reason. You did something which I frankly have not seen before, and that is to convince a plaintiff’s attorney that he simply needs to come back to earth and stop wallowing around in the clouds if there is any serious desire to settle the case at a sensible level. The “baby steps” approach to this case was never going to work, and somehow or other you got that message to the plaintiff’s camp and things finally got serious enough to actually resolve the case at a level which the insurance company was comfortable with and, obviously, was also satisfactory to the plaintiff’s attorney and his client. Congratulations on a job well done. Your name is now a permanent fixture on my short list of people I will propose to be mediators in appropriate cases. Thanks again for your help."

Very truly yours, …
Santa Clara County, California


Other Counties:
“Dear Ms. Williams, Just a note to let you know what a terrific job you did in helping the parties mediate this case. The fact that you understood, and took the time to understand, the facts and legal issues made all the difference. I look forward to working with you again in the future."

S. Jackson
Modesto, California


“Ms. Williams agreed to mediate this case for us within a week of certain motion deadlines in the hope that if mediation was successful, then we could all avoid unnecessary costs. So with very little warning, Ms. Williams reviewed piles of documents, brought herself up to speed, and thoughtfully resolved our case.”

Stanislaus County, California


“Ms. Williams was excellent. She knew and understood the case and the dynamics of the parties. She exerted the appropriate amount of pressure on the parties, and treated our client in a very professional manner. All of this definitely helped get the case settled. I would definitely use Ms. Williams again!”

D. Keller,
San Francisco, California


Mediation Participants:

“The constant communication provided by Elizabeth prior to and after the mediation was great.”

“Elizabeth was able to diffuse a hostile situation to a level in which a compromise could occur.”

“The mediator provided a higher degree of communication between the parties than would have ever been possible on our own.  We would never have been able to accomplish [a resolution] without Elizabeth.  She did a terrific job and should be commended.”

“Elizabeth continued to work for a compromise… she was a very good listener.”

“Elizabeth’s negotiating skill and the process of opening up the discussion to possible solutions agreeable to both parties were valuable.”


Insurance Claims Representative:

“Yes, I would use this neutral again. [She was] Extremely competent, understood exactly defendant’s position.”

San Mateo County, California


Former Corporate Colleague:

"To you whom I do not know--

I want to take this opportunity to express to you the highest praise and recommendation I know how to give to Elizabeth Williams. She is an immensely talented, gifted, dedicated, and conscientious professional and human being. I have known Elizabeth for going on a decade now and she continues to astound me with her work, her focus, her dedication to her family, and her integrity. It is a privilege to know and to have worked with her. I commend her to you without any reservation whatsoever. Please know that I would always be happy to expand further on her great qualities."       

Bill Washburn: Executive Director at OpenID Foundation; Chairman
   of the Board at XDI.org


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