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

  • Represent public safety technology company in federal putative securities fraud class actions and related shareholder derivative litigation.
  • Represent real estate technology company in litigation involving alleged misappropriation of trade secrets and proprietary information.
  • Represent global pharmaceutical company in criminal antirust matter in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono Experience

Kahlil maintains an active and varied pro bono practice. He is currently co-counsel to plaintiffs challenging Pennsylvania’s method of counting prisoners, for redistricting purposes, where they are incarcerated, rather than their last known residence (known as “prison-based gerrymandering”). Kahlil also represents a refugee from Sierra Leone seeking asylum and other relief in federal immigration court. Kahlil has overseen several legal volunteer programs for Election Protection, a non-partisan voting rights coalition led by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and has advised Mount Moriah Preservation Corporation on its efforts to reorganize and restore Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Philadelphia.

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 (Philadelphia), 2021-2023; "Ones to Watch," - Commercial Litigation, 2022, 2023



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