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sondra williamson
Sondra Williamson is the owner of Paradigm/Shift, an Austin-based firm that provides freelance writing and communications services to lobby and public relations firms, businesses, attorneys, trial consultants, professional groups, educational institutions, and state and national policymakers. She is a gifted writer with more than 25 years’ experience in communications, public relations and government affairs.

Williamson’s repertoire includes manuscripts advocating for a variety of business, consumer, legal and legislative issues, including press releases, opinion-editorials, newsletters, magazine articles, speeches, position papers, witness testimony, proposals, video scripts, website copy, corporate brochures, annual reports and grant applications. She is adept at presenting complex issues in a straightforward manner that establishes a personal connection with her audience.

Attorneys in some of the nation’s leading law firms have engaged Williamson to pen compelling opening statements and closing arguments for their trials. She has ghostwritten speeches, editorials and articles published under the bylines of some of the most respected business leaders, lawmakers and legal scholars in the nation. In 2000, she co-authored a book called Start With A Laugh (Eakin Press) with the late Liz Carpenter, former press secretary to Lady Bird Johnson.

Before establishing Paradigm/Shift in 1998, Williamson worked for several years as a writer and public relations consultant on the staff of Austin-based HillCo Partners. She cut her political eyeteeth working in the Texas Senate as an aide and committee clerk for the late Senator Peyton McKnight (D-Tyler) from 1976-1982. Because of her close ties to legislators and lobbyists, Summit Investments hired her to help market the historic Westgate Building when it was converted to condos and sold in 1983. From 1983 to 1985, Williamson was Marketing Coordinator for former Lieutenant Governor Ben Barnes and former Governor John Connally in their real estate joint venture, Barnes-Connally Partnership. She directed the statewide promotions program for Texas Lottery Commission from its start-up in spring 1992 through July 1994.

Sondra Williamson’s long-time involvement in state and national politics, government and corporate affairs affords her an insider’s perspective on the issues, personalities and protocol of Texas politics and business. She lives near Austin in Cedar Park, Texas.

my task, which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel - it is, before all, to make you see.