E-mail: matwil@safeco.com


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

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.

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, Europe, South America, and Africa. 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.

Judge Williams serves as 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.

Judge Williams started his legal career with the Nebraska, Iowa, and Washington State Attorneys General where he handled a wide variety of matters including death penalty/criminal appeals, highway-design/traumatic brain injury, 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.

He also served as trial attorney and, later, Managing Attorney for Safeco Insurance Company.  After serving as Project Leader for Safeco's Chief Financial Officer, he assumed the role of Product Director/General Manager, managing business units across a large region of the United States.

Judge Williams is a certified Collision Reconstructionist, a martial arts instructor with the rank of Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and a pilot.