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, securities litigation, and regulatory proceedings. He also helps his clients develop policies to comply with anti-corruption and other anti-fraud rules. Prior to joining Ballard Spahr, Kahlil worked for a major international firm in New York.

Before law school, Kahlil worked as a Policy Analyst for The Brennan Center for Justice, where he researched and advocated on issues relating to partisan gerrymandering, restrictive voter ID laws, campaign finance reform and electoral competition, and the restoration of voting rights to individuals with felony convictions. Kahlil also 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.

In 2019, Kahlil was the runner-up in the Democratic primary for the office of City Commissioner, which oversees elections in Philadelphia. As a candidate, Kahlil received more than 48,000 votes citywide and earned the endorsements of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Tribune.

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 obtained back pay and other compensation for workers pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Kahlil has also 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 currently advises Mount Moriah Preservation Corporation on its efforts to reorganize and restore Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Philadelphia.


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


"But How Do We Draw the Line? Hot Topics on Gerrymandering, Redistricting, and the Voting Rights Act," Pennsylvania Bar Institute CLE, June 10, 2019

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