Scott Williams joined the law firm of Strong & Hanni as a clerk in his second year of law school at the University of Utah, S.J Quinney, College of Law. He was then hired as an Associate upon graduation in 1977, and he has been with Strong & Hanni until his recent retirement in June 2014. Although he has spent the majority of his career representing defendants or insurance companies, he has also represented plaintiffs in automobile, premises liability and medical malpractice cases. His reputation for calm and thoughtful analysis as well as professional and persuasive advocacy has earned him the respect of several generations of lawyers. Mr. Williams has a special expertise in complex medical issues that provides a distinct advantage in an arbitration or mediation of any personal injury case. He has extensive litigation experience in the fields of professional malpractice, personal injury and insurance defense including:
- Medical malpractice
- Dental and Oral Surgery malpractice
- Nursing and hospital liability.
- Engineering liability
- Legal malpractice
- Product Liability and Medical Device Litigation
- Automobile and Trucking Accidents
- Insurance Agency Liability
- Insurance Declaratory Judgments
- Extra contractual Liability and Bad Faith litigation
- B.S. University of Utah, Political Science, magna cum laude, 1974
- J.D. University of Utah, 1977
- President of Utah Defense Lawyer Association, 1987-88
Utah State Representative of Defense Research Institute, 1989-2000.
- Strong & Hanni, 1977-June 2014 (lawyer, shareholder, member of board of directors)
- Numerous lectures and presentations on civil trial procedures, direct and cross examination in the brain injury and medical malpractice case as well as ethical considerations for a trial lawyer.
- AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale Hubbel
- Completed the Utah Dispute Resolution Course, February, 2014
As a mediator Mr. Williams brings a calm, fair and deliberative influence on settlement negotiations. His ability to ask the tough questions of lawyers and litigants and to listen attentively to all sides has earned him praise throughout his career. As an arbitrator, he recognizes the essential roles of “neutrality” in deliberations and “fairness” in his judgments.
He is a Court-Qualified mediator on the Utah State Court Roster of Mediators.
“Scott, I remember that even in those high stakes cases, no matter how tense the situation, you remained professional at all times, and never once lost your composure. This is EXACTLY the skill set of a great mediator — calm composure and professionalism , plus thoughtful analysis of the problem.”
— Jeff Eisenberg