Kelli Alces Williams

Kelli Alces Williams

Kelli Alces Williams

Matthews & Hawkins Professor of Property and Associate Dean for Research
Contact Information

Florida State University
College of Law
Advocacy Center, Room A202A
Phone: 850.644.5079


J. D., magna cum laude, University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, 2005
B.A., Government, College of William and Mary, 2001

Professor Williams’ scholarship focuses on corporate governance, fiduciary duties and securities regulation. She is currently working on an article about consumer disclosure regulations. Professor Williams teaches Contracts, Corporations, Securities Regulation and Bankruptcy.

Prior to joining the Florida State University College of Law faculty, Professor Williams taught at the University of Richmond School of Law as a visiting professor. She also has been a visiting professor at the University of Iowa College of Law, the George Mason University School of Law and the University of Chicago Law School. Before entering academia, she was an associate at the Chicago law firm of Gardner, Carton & Douglas.


Select Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Self-Interested Fiduciaries and Invulnerable Beneficiaries: When Fiduciary Duties Don’t Fit, in Fiduciary Duties in Business (under contract with Cambridge University Press)

Leaders Are Not Fiduciaries, 72 Ala. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2020)

Market-Based Innovation in Consumer Protection, 51 Conn. L. Rev. 155 (2019)

Externalizing Board Governance Means Changing the Board’s Function, 74 Bus. Law. 297 (2019)

Consumers, “Seller-Advisors,” and the Psychology of Trust (with Justin Sevier), 59 B.C. L. Rev. 931 (2018)