Nancy T. Williams

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I was initially drawn to Brayton Purcell by the ethos it embodies and the remarkable individual behind its inception, Al. Al is a person whose life is dedicated to combating injustice, a trait that resonates deeply with me. He has cultivated a community of like-minded individuals who share his commitment to fairness and equity.

Growing up, I was instilled with the belief that determination knows no bounds. My parents, despite not having attended college themselves, instilled in me and my five siblings the values of hard work, continuous learning, and compassion. My father, a dedicated union worker at John Deere, supplemented his income by establishing a successful electrical business, a testament to his industrious spirit. His pride in craftsmanship and dedication to his trade were palpable, evident in his animated storytelling during our drives through town, driving past homes where he worked, describing in great detail the work he did in each of the homes. Meanwhile, my mother's involvement in various volunteer organizations, including providing support to striking workers and volunteering at the polls, taught me the importance of advocacy and standing up against injustice.

Carrying forward their legacy, I embarked on a career path rooted in service and advocacy. From managing a group home for disabled children during college to overseeing a reproductive healthcare clinic post-graduation, I consistently strived to make a positive impact. Law school was a natural progression, providing me with the tools to effect change on a larger scale.

My time at law school was transformative, surrounded by passionate professors and peers dedicated to advocacy. Working with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was a highlight, reaffirming my belief in the importance of protecting workers' rights and dignity.

Joining Brayton Purcell was a logical step in my journey. Brayton Purcell’s mission to support workers and their families, particularly those exploited by profit-driven corporations, resonates deeply with my values. At Brayton Purcell we staunchly believe that every individual deserves a safe and healthy work environment, and we are committed to holding corporations accountable for their actions. Brayton Purcell serves as a beacon of justice, advocating for the rights of workers and pushing for systemic change.

What motivated/inspired you to become an attorney?

I sought to advocate for those in the community whose voices appeared to be the least heard.

What do you enjoy most about the work you do?

Enhancing the well-being of individuals who have suffered harm due to others profiting from their experiences. "Be the reason that someone believes in the goodness of people." -Salmansohn

What are your hobbies and interests? 
I enjoy hiking in nature with friends, family, and my dog. I also love reading, studying French, and meditating. Additionally, I regularly take online courses to further my education and satisfy my curiosity for knowledge.


University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California

  • J.D. – 1998

University of Iowa

  • B.A. - 1988
  • Major: English

Professional Associations

  • Marin County Bar Association, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of California

Bar Admission

  • California, 1999

Current Employment Position

  • Associate

What Our Clients Say

  • Brayton Purcell has done a lot of work for me and I appreciate very much what you’ve done, what everyone has done…Thank you very, very much and I appreciate everything that has been done.
  • I just wanted to thank you so very much for all the work that you’ve done for us. This has allowed me to help my daughter an awful lot…This allowed me to buy her her first home, also put away a savings bond and started a little annuity for her. I wouldn’t have been able to do any of this had you not worked so hard to get the monies that you did. I just want to let you know I really appreciate it.
  • On behalf of myself and my family, I would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude for the way your firm handled my late husband’s case. Everyone that I dealt with was courteous, patient, and prompt in responding to my questions and concerns. Thank you very much for the excellent job, and most of all for your support during the process. Your guidance and the resolution to our case has brought closure to a difficult chapter in my life.
  • When The Brayton-Purcell Firm took my case I had almost given up hope of ever getting before a jury. I had a difficult and long standing case and had already been with two firms. Brayton-Purcell attorney Jason Rose worked closely with me, keeping me updated and giving me access to him which gave me a feeling of having someone truly on my side; a feeling that they were putting their whole effort into my case. Just getting this case a court date was an amazing feat. When we went to trial I met Gil Purcell and watched these two work professionally against great odds. They knew what they were doing, knew how to adapt to issues as they came up and all the while helped me hold up. We received a terrific verdict and are now in the appeal process. I have confidence that the Brayton-Purcell appellate team will be as competent and compassionate for me as my trial team was. Coming together with this firm has brought me a sense of confidence and peace that I wasn’t sure I was going to get a chance to feel.
  • I’d like to thank Brayton & Purcell for all the work your firm has done for me. I have asbestosis and without Brayton Purcell representing me the likelihood of getting compensated by asbestos manufacturers and the material suppliers of asbestos products would be zero. The law partners who run the show already know this, but I am going to write it down anyway. Every contact I had with anyone at Brayton Purcell LLP be it phone, fax, email and or personally, I’ve been treated courteously and promptly by your great employees.
  • From my first contact with your firm, I have been treated with respect, compassion, and in a most professional manner. …Nothing will ever take away this pain of loss but the settlement will help provide since I have health problems and am unable to work.
  • Your work has allowed us to continue to live our lives without fear of financial ruin and to be able to plan a future. . .
  • . . .Thank you for all you have done for me and for Bill before he died. You have been so caring. . .