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Judge Locke A. Williams

Contact Information

Judicial Assistant:  Megan GeisslerPicture of Judge Williams
   Phone:  541-766-6827
Courtroom Clerk:  Cindi Wells    
   Phone:  541-766-6372


NOTE: No document can be "filed" officially with the court by emailing or faxing it to a judge or member of a judge's staff.

Avoid Ex Parte Contact

Judges cannot receive communication from lawyers and self-represented litigants unless that communication is simultaneously provided to all other litigants or their lawyers. 

Emailing Judge Williams Directly

Please do not send emails to Judge Williams directly. Emails to the judge should be sent to his judicial assistant at Any email sent must clearly show that copies were simultaneously sent to all other litigants or their lawyers or it cannot be read by Judge Williams. 

Faxes Sent to Judge Williams

You must first contact Judge Williams’ judicial assistant before sending a fax transmission. Judge Williams and his judicial assistant do not have a stand-alone fax machine in their office so faxes sent without first contacting the judicial assistant may not be delivered to Judge Williams. There is a 10 page limit to the length of documents that can be sent by fax. 

Important Documents

Judge Williams’ Biography

 Judge Locke A. Williams was appointed to serve as a Circuit Court Judge in March 2002 by then-Governor John Kitzhaber and was subsequently elected to retain that position in November 2002.  He was re-elected in May 2008 and again in May 2014. His current term expires on January 4, 2021.
Judge Williams is currently the Presiding Judge of the 21st Judicial District, a position he resumed on January 1, 2019, following the retirement of Judge David B. Connell from the bench.  Judge Williams previously served as Presiding Judge of the 21st Judicial District from January 2006 through December 2013.  In addition to his general jurisdiction duties at the court, Judge Williams also serves as the primary Juvenile Judge for the 21st Judicial District.
Judge Williams is a member of the Oregon State Bar and the Linn-Benton Bar Association.  He continues to serve on numerous local and state-wide judiciary committees, including the Oregon Council on Court Procedures, the Oregon Judicial Leadership and Education Committee, the Odyssey Change Control Workgroup, the Odyssey Data and Reports Committee, the Oregon Judges Charitable Fund, and the Benton County Family Law Advisory Committee.
Judge Williams grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, where he graduated high school. He received his BBA degree from the University of Texas-Arlington in 1984, and his JD degree from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1987.
After graduation from law school, Judge Williams joined a medium-sized firm in Fort Worth where his practice focused primarily on contracts and business litigation in state and federal court. Judge Williams and his family moved to Corvallis in 1991 where he opened a private practice focusing on civil and family law. He is active in the community having served on several boards of local non-profit agencies and he is a member of the Rotary Club of Greater Corvallis.

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