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Matt Williams Law Firm :: About Matt

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Education: University of Washington School of Law; Seattle University Institute of Public Service; U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Admissions: California State Bar; Washington State Bar (inactive)

Areas of Practice: Civil Litigation, Estate Planning, Probate, Trusts, Wills, Health-Care Directives, Powers of Attorney, Landlord-Tenant, Contracts, Legal Representation

Matt Williams is a licensed California attorney with offices in South Lake Tahoe (El Dorado County) and Orangevale (Sacramento County), where he focuses on civil litigation, estate planning, probate, living trusts, wills, and legal representation. He is a retired Coast Guard lawyer and retired high school teacher, and a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the Seattle University Institute of Public Service, and the University of Washington School of Law.

While at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Matt was captain of the crew team that won the Dad Vail National Rowing Championships in Philadelphia. Before becoming a military lawyer, Matt served as an officer aboard a Coast Guard high endurance cutter, as navigator aboard a Navy fast frigate, and as a marine safety officer. Matt was twice selected as a representative from the Coast Guard for Exchange Duty with the U.S. Navy and as a “Loaned Executive” to the United Way in New Orleans. Matt was the first Coast Guard lawyer assigned to a Naval Legal Service Office, where he litigated over 100 trials, served as senior JAG lawyer supervising Navy and Coast Guard trial lawyers, and taught trial advocacy to military and Department of Justice attorneys. His extensive trial experience permitted Matt to write a trial advocacy book for Coast Guard officers prosecuting cases before federal administrative law judges. During his Coast Guard service, Matt was sent to the University of Washington School of Law to earn his Juris Doctor (law) degree on full scholarship. Matt is a member of Mensa, is licensed as a Second Mate Oceans Unlimited Tonnage, and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the Seattle University Institute of Public Service.

Matt was twice selected as a "community hero" to carry the Olympic torch for the 1996 Atlanta summer and 2002 Salt Lake City winter games in recognition of his service as a leader in various programs, including Sea Scouting, youth baseball, youth soccer, and Navy ROTC, and as a volunteer with Special Olympics, Christmas Cheer, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Boy Scouts of America, school tutoring, and the Lake Tahoe Marathon. Matt devotes his free time to cycling, kayaking, running, and spending time with his four children. In 2013, Matt placed second in the inaugural California 100, a 100-mile kayak race on the Sacramento River from Redding to Chico. Matt is a member of Bayside Church in Granite Bay, California.

Matt has practiced in the areas of civil litigation; estate planning, wills, and trusts; government contract law; maritime and admiralty law; criminal prosecution and defense; real estate and landlord-tenant law; administrative law; environmental law; and business formation.


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