Kahlil C. Williams


Tel 215.864.8346
Fax 215.864.8999
Kahlil Williams is a litigation associate who represents companies and individuals in complex commercial litigation, government and internal investigations, and regulatory proceedings. He also helps his clients develop policies and procedures to improve their compliance with federal anti-corruption, false claims, and anti-money laundering (AML) statutes. Prior to joining Ballard Spahr, Kahlil worked for a major international firm in New York City.

Prior to law school, Kahlil worked as a Policy Analyst for The Brennan Center for Justice, where he researched and advocated on issues relating to partisan redistricting and gerrymandering, restrictive voter ID laws, campaign finance reform and electoral competition, and the restoration of voting rights to individuals with felony convictions. Prior to the Brennan Center, Kahlil served as a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Fellow at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., where he assisted the organization's efforts to reauthorize expiring provisions of the Voting Rights Act.

Pro Bono Experience

Kahlil maintains an active and varied pro bono practice. He has successfully defended an indigent client accused of international child abduction under the Hague Convention, and has successfully obtained back pay and other compensation for workers pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Kahlil has also participated in successful impact litigation and advocacy in order to secure more funding for indigent defense attorneys (and their staff) in New York City and, in 2016, oversaw a 400-person mobile legal volunteer program in New York State for Election Protection, a non-partisan coalition focused on protecting the right to vote led by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He has also conducted internal investigations, pro bono, for non-profit organizations to ensure compliance with federal and state law, as well as the organization's internal policies.  


Co-author, "Has the SEC Lost Home Court Advantage?," Ballard Spahr alert, June 22, 2018

Columbia University School of Law (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