Matthew Williams

Adjunct Professor


Matthew W. Williams is a District Court Judge in King County, Washington.

He has served as an Adjunct Professor at Seattle University School of Law since 1991, teaching both Trial and Pre-Trial Advocacy. He has also taught both Trial and Pre-Trial advocacy at the University of Washington School of Law. He has served several terms as faculty team leader at Emory Law School's renowned Kessler-Eidson Trial Techniques Program.

Mr. Williams is the Program Director of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) Northwest Deposition program, and he teaches NITA Trial and Deposition programs throughout the United States. He also teaches trial and managerial programs for law offices and governmental entities throughout the world.

On behalf of the US Department of Justice, the US Department of State, and ABA-CEELI he leads training for judges, advocates, and law enforcement personnel in the Middle East and the Balkans. He has served as a Special Disciplinary Counsel and Adjunct Investigative Counsel for the Washington State Bar Association. He is a former Trustee of the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers.

Mr. Williams worked for the Nebraska, Iowa, and Washington State Attorneys General where he has handled a wide variety of matters ranging from death penalty/criminal appeals to complex commercial and tax litigation. He served as an aviation prosecutor for the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration where he supervised drug and weapons interdiction efforts in the 7-state, Northwest Mountain region. After leaving federal service, Matt headed the City of Seattle's Major Litigation Unit.

In 1993 he was recruited by Safeco Insurance Company where he served as a front-line trial attorney, team leader, and as a Managing Attorney. Mr. Williams created and managed a commercial and personal lines litigation department. He also developed best practices and processes that led to his serving as a Project Leader for Safeco's Chief Financial Officer. Subsequently, he was asked to assume the role of Product Director/General Manager where he managed business units across a large region of the United States.

Matt is a certified Collision Reconstructionist who holds the rank of Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. He has served as a martial arts and personal defense instructor. He is a pilot and has logged hundreds of pilot-in-command hours throughout the United States.




  • B.S. in Economics, University of Nebraska
  • J.D., University of Nebraska