Member Profile: James O. Williams MA MA JD

James O. Williams MA MA JD
Williams ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution)
Post Office Box 2275
Brandon, FL 33509
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Tel: (813) 716-6785
Fax: (813) 354-2600

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ADR Services Include:

Mediation; Arbitration; Early Neutral Evaluation; Med-Arb; Facilitation & Systems Design; Insurance Umpire; ADR Training/CME


Calendar Last Updated: 21 Jun 17

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James O. Williams MA MA JD has substantive case experience in the following areas...

Civil Rights
Contract Disputes
Debt Collections
Family Businesses
Lemon Law
Medical Malpractice
Natural Disasters
Personal Injury
Product Liability
Professional Fees
Professional Negligence
Real Estate
Religious Institutions
Trusts / Estates



This Tampa-native ADR professional has presided in some 5000 matters since 1992. With degrees from Yale University, Southwestern and South Texas College of Law-Houston, Williams began his career in Denver as General Counsel to an environmental concern before later returning to Florida as a prosecutor for the state. Additional years of private trial practice have yielded an experienced mediator, arbitrator and umpire.  Williams also has served as the Primary Trainer for circuit civil mediation in several programs around the state and at the University of South Florida and was previously appointed by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court to the grievance board (MQB) for all mediators in Florida, and the (QCC) Qualifications Complaint Committee. 


  • BA - University of South Florida, (Pol.Sci.), 1979
  • JD - South Texas College of Law-Houston, 1984
  • MAR - Yale University, 1986
  • MARE - Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1991

ADR Training: The American Arbitration Association (County, Circuit and Family), The Institute for Christian Conciliation-Peacemakers, The United States Postal Service-EEO, The Florida Attorney General's Office (RV Med/Arb), The Collins Center for Public Policy (Umpire,Mediator,Arbitrator), WIND Network-Umpire, Haag Engineering Training Seminars (Wind vs. Wave Damage Assessment, Lightning Damage To Residential and Commercial Electrical Equipment, Hail Damage Assessment, Commercial Roof Damage Assessment, Composition Roof Damage Assessment, Tile Roof Damage Assessment, Metal Roof Damage Assessment), HSA Engineers and Scientists- (Sinkhole Investigation Methods &Remediation/Foundation Stabilization Methods &Techniques), Collins Center/USF/AAA-(Qualified Florida Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Former Member, Mediator Qualifications Board, S. Ct. of Florida, Dispute Resolution Center (14 years)
  • Former Member, Qualifications Complaint Committee, S. Ct. of Florida, Dispute Resolution Center
  • Member, Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Member, Florida Bar Association, since 1988
  • Admitted, United States District Court, Middle District
  • Admitted, Supreme Court of the United States
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator in County, Circuit, and Family disputes/Qualified Arbitrator
  • Federal Arbitrator/Mediator, United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • Member, Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
  • Former Primary Trainer, Circuit Civil Mediation Training, University of South Florida at Tampa, FL
  • Umpire, Qualified by both the Windstorm Insurance Network and The Collins Center For Public Policy
  • Lecturer and Presenter in some 30 mediation programs around the state of Florida and in California
  • Former Primary Trainer, "My Florida Mediator", Circuit Civil Mediation Training. 


$300.00 per hour-to be divided equally between the parties, half day minimum. No travel fee will be assessed if ADR session site is within two hours round-trip drive time of Brandon, FL (33511). Otherwise, a one-time travel fee of $150.00 may be assessed. Any additional fee incurred on behalf of the mediation shall be divided equally between the parties (i.e. conference room). Any document review or preparation (beyond 15 minutes), may be billable at the hourly rate.


James O. Williams MA MA JD is a member of our FL chapter, Florida Circuit-Civil Mediator Society, Florida's premier roster of distinguished attorney-mediators. The FCCMS profile includes more specific local information, such as counties and regions served, and can be visited directly at


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