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Derek Williams Admitted to Exclusive Fellowship American Academy of Adoption Attorneys

SCM announces that Derek J. Williams has been admitted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA).  

The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys is a national association of 340 attorneys who practice in the field of adoption law.   Williams joins this exclusive club of only three other Utah lawyers who are current members of the invitation-only Academy.

Prospective fellows endure an exhaustive evaluation process, must be licensed for at least five years and have acted as lead counsel in at least 50 adoption proceedings, including 10 interstate (ICPC) placements in the two years prior to being invited to join.  They must also maintain their practice according to the highest standards of ethics, competence and professionalism.  

While Williams’ practice focuses on civil litigation with an emphasis in medical malpractice defense, adoption law has developed into a personally fulfilling aspect of his practice and life.  Williams, who is the proud father of two adopted children, represents adopting parents, agencies, and birth parents.