About Our Firm

We established Williamson & Williams in Seattle in 1998.  Our firm represents individual consumers and classes of consumers; we do not represent corporations or other large institutions. Our clients are involved in their cases and our mission is to provide quality representation to clients whose lives have been affected by illegal, unfair business practices.

We and our staff are always available to receive calls and answer any questions. We have e-mail and voicemail in addition to this web site as a means for clients to contact us.   Our clients are of utmost importance to us, and we try to respond to calls and emails on the very day they are received. We make every effort to keep clients advised of the status of their cases and to make decisions about our clients’ cases with their input and direction.

Lawyers

Rob Williamson

Rob WilliamsonRob Williamson was born and raised in California. He attended Princeton University, University College London and Harvard Law School. After graduating from law school, Rob returned to California and joined Mitchell, Silberberg and Knupp, an entertainment law firm in Century City. He then joined the Western Center on Law and Poverty, and from there became the Director of Clinical Studies at Southwestern University School of Law, where he was a fully tenured professor teaching lawyering skills, family law and community property.

Rob moved to Seattle in 1979 and initially worked for the Legal Services Corporation as the Regional Training Coordinator, and then for Evergreen Legal Services as a senior litigator. Rob has been in private practice since 1981. He has brought class actions on behalf of consumers and employees, won the largest verdict in the nation for migrant farm workers’ damages for wrongful termination, and represents injured persons, especially men and women injured in the maritime industry or who work for railroads. More recently Rob has been heavily involved in class action litigation, bringing claims on behalf of workers and consumers for failure to pay proper wages, sending junk faxes, making “robo-calls” to homes and businesses, and to recover illegal charges made by banks when home loans are paid. Rob has been approved as Class Counsel by many state and federal judges in over 30 cases.

Kim Williams

Kim WilliamsKim Williams grew up in the Tri-Cities, Washington and attended Whitman College in Walla Walla.  She served as a VISTA Volunteer for the Florida Probation and Parole Commission, and then attended Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon, graduating from law school in 1978. She practiced law at the Richland, Washington firm of Critchlow & Williams, primarily representing injured persons and others in civil litigation matters until 1984 when she moved to Seattle.

In Seattle, Kim initially represented labor unions and employee benefits trusts, and, for the past almost 20 years, her practice has been limited to representation of plaintiffs injury cases, including mass tort matters, and consumers in  class action cases.  Kim was lead plaintiffs’ counsel in the Washington federal court consolidated proceeding involving healthcare workers claiming injury due to use of latex gloves, and she represented numerous Washington plaintiffs claiming injury from use of the arthritis medication Vioxx.  Kim’s current focus is consumer class action work, and she has been appointed class counsel in numerous state and federal court cases involving “robo-call” solicitation, do-not-call and other consumer class claims.

Both Rob and Kim serve on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Consumer Law Center, are members of the Washington Association for Justice and Public Justice, and both have received the Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Preeminent rating by their peers.

Fees

In class action cases, we are typically paid a percentage of any recovery that we obtain on behalf of the class.  Our fees in class cases are carefully scrutinized by the Court to make sure they are justified by the time and effort expended and are otherwise fair to the class. Clients who are willing to serve as class representatives generally are not responsible for any litigation costs, and costs are generally reimbursed from the recovery obtained.

In all class action cases we are required to obtain a written fee agreement from clients, and we also have clients execute Rights and Responsibilities of Class Representative forms.

Our efforts to promote justice and benefit others

Class action settlements often result in some of the funds set aside for class members not being claimed by those eligible to make a claim.  In those cases, we can often ask the Court to direct this “cy pres” money to the Legal Foundation of Washington, which provides legal representation for Washingtonians who would not otherwise be in a financial position to access the civil justice system, or to other charities.  We are gratified that, over the years, we have been able to assist with contributing a combined total exceeding $6,000,000 to the Legal Foundation and charities such as Habitat for Humanity, El Centro de la Raza and Washington State Council for the Aging.