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Profile: Michael Williams

Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Sony Electronics Inc.

Name: Michael T. Williams

Michael Williams

Birthplace: Boston

Current home city: Rancho Santa Fe

Education and degrees: Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude), political science, Ithaca College, 1975; Juris Doctorate (cum laude), University of San Diego School of Law, 1982

Area of practice: Corporate Law, In-house Counsel

Proudest personal accomplishment: Being married for 21 years to my law school sweetheart and the proud parent of two lovely daughters, ages 11 and 13.

Proudest legal/professional accomplishment: Fourteen-one trial record during my years of private practice and being appointed executive vice president and general counsel of Sony Electronics Inc.

Current or recent volunteer/pro bono work: Serving as an attorney settlement officer and court mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, United States Bankruptcy Court and Los Angeles Superior Court.

Why are you a lawyer? When I was a junior in high school, one day I decided I wanted to be a lawyer. I wanted to be Perry Mason.

Comment on law school experience at University of San Diego: I found my three years at the USD School of Law to be intellectually challenging and rewarding. The professors taught me how to think and analyze issues from different points of view -- an invaluable tool for any lawyer.

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