Alan L. Williams (pictured left with his family) was born and raised in San Francisco, California. On graduation from High School in 1962, he enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve and joined the Reserve Crew of the USS Laws (DD558) and later the USS Twining (DD540). He served in the Naval Reserve while attending San Francisco State College (now San Francisco State University) graduating in 1966 with degrees in Political Science and International Relations. At the time of his graduation, Alan received a commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy and was assigned to the Staff of Commander, Naval Air Forces U.S. Pacific Fleet as a Communications Watch Officer. In mid-1967 the Navy transferred Alan to the Staff of Commander, Carrier Division One where he served as Assistant Communication Officer and later Staff Communication Officer. Deploying to the Far East in December 1967 embarked in USS Enterprise (CVA-N 65) Alan assisted with planning for the first visit of nuclear powered surface ships to visit Japan. As the Enterprise and its escorts departed Sasebo Japan, North Korea attacked and seized the USS Pueblo (AGER-2). Commander, Carrier Division One became the on-scene commander for a possible United States response to North Korean aggression. Later, Commander, Carrier Division One transitioned to the Vietnam theatre of operations. For service while deployed the Navy awarded Alan the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V”, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation. The Navy subsequently assigned Alan to the Fleet Anti-Air Warfare Training Center and Fleet Computer Programming Center Pacific where he served as Communication Officer and later Security Officer. He left Active Duty in 1972 with the rank of Lieutenant.
While serving at his last duty station, Alan began his legal studies at the University of San Diego School of Law. After leaving active duty, Alan worked for the City of San Diego and later the Olivenhain Municipal Water District as a budget analyst while he completed law school. Alan graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in June 1973 and was admitted to the California Bar in December 1973. On admission to the Bar, Alan opened the Law Offices of Alan L. Williams and has enjoyed the independence of a small private practice and the ability to provide quality legal services at economical cost since.
Alan is married to the former Yvonne C. Hernandez. They celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary in October 2014. They have one son, Gregory who is a graduate of Coronado High School, the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and Santa Clara University School of Law.