Jack F. Williams, a professor of law at Georgia State University and the Center for Middle East Studies, teaches and/or conducts research in the areas of bankruptcy and business reorganizations; sports law; mergers and acquisitions; remedies and damage models; financial forensics; corporate finance; American Indian and tribal law; archaeology and antiquities laundering; protection of cultural heritage and property; financial forensics; Islamic law; taxation and law; and statistics.
Williams is the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors Scholar in Residence. He also served as the inaugural Robert M. Zinman American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Scholar in Residence in 2001 and returned to that post in 2008. In 2009, Williams received the Annual Service Award, which honors an ABI member whose contributions over the past year have been extraordinary. He has held the position of tax advisor to the National Bankruptcy Review Commission (NBRC) and chair of the Tax Advisory Committee to the NBRC. He is also a fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy.
Williams’ research and writing interests include how the law and finance influence each other in business valuation practice, the history of factoring, public/private joint ventures in the sports industry, cultural heritage and property protection in armed conflict, financial forensics, energy law and finance, remedies, governance and ethics in the context of distressed businesses, and bankruptcy taxation.
Williams has a B.A. in economics from the University of Oklahoma (Omicron Delta Epsilon), a J.D. (High Honors) from the George Washington University National Law Center (Order of the Coif and Phi Delta Phi), and a Ph.D. in archaeology from the University of Leicester in Leicester, United Kingdom.
After clerking for Chief Judge William J. Holloway Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit from 1985 to 1987, he became an associate with the Texas firm Hughes & Luce from 1987 to 1991. Williams joined the College of Law faculty in 1991. He consults with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP in the restructuring, dispute, and valuation services areas.
He was reappointed by Gov. Nathan Deal and confirmed by the Georgia Senate to the State Board of Human Services. As a member of the board since 2009, he provides stewardship and oversight to the Department of Human Services with more than 10,000 employees and an annual budget of $2 billion.
Williams serves on the university’s Faculty Senate, as a faculty advisor to numerous university and college student organizations and committees. He is a public speaker and serves as a commentator on both television and radio outlets. Williams has also been quoted in numerous national and local newspapers and magazines.
He is a member of the Archaeological Institute of America, the Society of American Archaeology, American Bankruptcy Institute, American Statistical Association, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, National Native American Bar Association, Texas Bar (American Indian Law Section), Pennsylvania Bar, Federal Bar Association, American Accounting Association, Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, and Society for American Baseball Research.