Kahlil C. Williams


Kahlil Williams represents companies and individuals in government and internal investigations, actions involving securities and corporate governance, and complex commercial litigation.

Kahlil has also represented a number of clients in voting rights and election law litigation, drawing on his prior work for the Brennan Center for Justice and the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.

Kahlil leads the Firm’s Black Lawyers Group and is a co-leader of the Firm’s Racial Justice and Equality Initiative. He is also a co-leader of the firm’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Working Group, where he advises companies on emerging ESG issues, including securities litigation and corporate governance trends and the mitigation of social and reputational risk. Prior to joining Ballard Spahr, Kahlil worked for an international firm in New York City.


Representative Matters

  • Represents a data analytics company and its officers and directors in Securities Act claims filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.
  • Represents a global pharmaceutical company in criminal antirust matter in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
  • Represented a real estate technology company in litigation involving alleged misappropriation of trade secrets and proprietary information.
  • Represented a public safety technology company in federal putative securities fraud class actions and related shareholder derivative litigation, obtaining dismissal of all claims.

Professional Highlights

Professional Activities

Leader, Black Lawyers Group

Co-Leader, Racial Justice & Equality Initiative

Co-Leader, ESG Working Group

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch," – Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2021-2024; "Ones to Watch," - Commercial Litigation, (Philadelphia) 2022-2024

Board Memberships & Community Service

Board Member, Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia



Columbia Law School (J.D. 2011)
Staff Development & Senior Editor, Columbia Law Review
Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
Irell & Manella Prize
2011 Class Gift Co-Chair

The University of Pennsylvania (M.A., Political Science, 2004)
William Fontaine Fellowship
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Fellowship
SAS Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching

The Pennsylvania State University (B.A. 2001)


New York