Mark S. Williams

Mark S. Williams, a partner and co-chair of the firm’s eMatters and Higher Education Practice Groups, serves clients from the Oakland, Sacramento, and Los Angeles offices.  Mr. Williams provides counsel to a wide range of public entities, with a special emphasis on energy and sustainability programs and the rapidly emerging issues related to technology, specifically E-rate and demands on infrastructure, software contracts, licensing issues and privacy matters.  He provides legal counsel and services to clients statewide on facility and land use issues, including developer agreements, construction and architect agreements, pre-qualification and bidding.  Mr. Williams works closely with leaders in the California Educational Technology Professionals Association (CETPA) on matters related to technology infrastructure and contracts.   

Recognized as a leader in areas of alternative energy and energy conservation contracts, Mr. Williams served as a member of the Green Technology Advisory Board and is a member of the ACSA Energy Initiative, a service which allows districts to cooperatively plan and implement renewable energy projects.  Additionally, he has extensive experience in traditional bid-build construction agreements, as well as such alternative project delivery systems as construction manager at risk, lease-leaseback and design-build. 

In addition to his successful school facilities practice, Mr. Williams is co-chair of the firm's eMatters Practice Group. He assists clients with the challenges and complexities presented by the digital revolution, providing legal expertise to help education leaders avoid costly missteps. He is a member of the Advisory Group for the Future of Privacy Forum's Education Privacy Training Initiative, a nascent project of the non-profit to collect and develop resources for educators and state and district level staff on privacy matters.

A popular speaker, he is often requested to present at the Association of Community College Administrators, the Community College League of California and the Association of College Human Relations Officers.  Mr. Williams also speaks on energy issues, including RFP and contract topics throughout the state. He is assisting the Association of California Community College Administrators with the creation and delivery of the Association’s first-ever online professional development series.

Mr. Williams is a Board Member for Leaps and Bounds, the therapeutic horse riding program for disabled children, and has served as a mentor in the Big Brothers and Futures for Children programs for over 20 years.  He received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley and his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. 

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