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Judicial Profile: Hon. Timothy Williams

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When Judge Timothy C. Williams started law school, he thought his path would lead to a career as a tax lawyer. However, that path took an unexpected turn when went to work at the firm that later became Galatz, Earl, Smith & Williams. There, he discovered a liking and aptitude for civil litigation and trial work.
Education and Legal Career
Williams received a business degree from Indiana University in 1979. In 1983, he graduated from Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law. He went to work with Galatz, Earl, Catalano & Smith in 1985, and stayed with the firm for nearly 10 years. Williams also served on both the District Court Arbitration and Mediation Panels, and presided as a Judge Pro Tem in the one-day jury trial program. On April 4, 2006, then-Governor Kenny Guinn appointed Williams to fill a vacancy in Department 16 of the Eighth Judicial District Court for the state of Nevada. Williams was retained in a general election the following November, and ran unopposed for another six-year term in 2008. As judge for the Eighth Judicial District Court, Williams manages a complex civil litigation caseload, and presides over an extensive law and motion trial calendar.
Nevada Lawyer November 2013
About one-third of all of Clark County’s many construction defect cases pass through Williams’ courtroom. Williams takes great pride in his handling of some complicated cases. Interestingly enough, one of Williams’ toughest challenges hasn’t involved the law as much as it has involved logistics. It has sometimes been difficult finding courtroom space big enough for large multi-party jury trials. When the ideal space is not available, Williams and his staff modify an existing courtroom to the best of their abilities. Williams says input from those on his team has been indispensable in these situations. “My staff is willing to adapt to the dynamics of the trial,” he explained.
Staying Involved
Throughout his career, Williams has stayed busy making contributions to the community, both as a legal professional and as a humanitarian. As an attorney, he received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell. He has presided over various bar associations, including the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association and the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association. He has served as a member of the State Bar of Nevada’s Consumer Protection and Fee Dispute Committees and the Nevada Supreme Court’s Arbitration/Mediation/ Short Trial Committee. Williams also served 10 years as a panel member of Medical/Dental/Legal Screening Panel with Nevada’s Insurance Division. He has received United States Congressional recognition for community service, and was honored as Humanitarian-of-the-Year in 1994 for his work assisting boys from single-parent homes. In the courtroom, Williams expects the same behavior that he believes attorneys expect from him. “Lawyers place value on judicial temperament,” he said. “As a trial judge, I expect the same professionalism and temperament from lawyers.” For the most part, Williams is pleased with the level of professionalism he sees from attorneys in Nevada. He is equally impressed by their expertise and trial skills. “I feel Nevada has some of the most talented trial lawyers in the country.”
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