Business Law

Melanie Williams

Melanie Williams
Department Chair & Professor
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Melanie Stallings Williams is a professor and chair of the Department of Business Law at California State University, Northridge. She teaches at the graduate and undergraduate levels, with courses including traditional Business Law core courses along with Marketing Law, Intellectual Property Law, Ethics, Negotiation, in the MBA Introduction to Contemporary Business cross-disciplinary course and in the university’s Sustainability program.   She has taught, as well in international business programs at ICN (Nancy, France), INSEEC (Paris, Bordeaux), Toulouse Business School, and Corvinus University (Budapest). Her areas of academic research include antitrust law, intellectual property, ethics, biotechnology, small business programs and pedagogy. She serves on the board of California's Real Estate and Land Use Institute (RELUI).

Professor Williams has a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz and J.D. from Boston University School of Law.  She is a member of the State Bar of California and has practiced in the areas of civil litigation, business matters and intellectual property. 

Some recent publications include:

Christopher M. Burke, Stephanie A. Hackett, David W. Mitchell, Simon J. Wilke, Melanie Stallings Williams, Michael A. Williams & Wei Zhao, Masters of the Universe: Bid Rigging by Private Equity Firms in Multibillion Dollar LBOs, __ University of Cincinnati  Law Review __ (forthcoming).

Melanie Stallings Williams, Using Ethos Pathos & Logos in Teaching Business, Ethics, and Negotiation, 1 ALSB Journal of Business Law & Ethics Pedagogy 45 (Winter 2018).

Michael A. Williams, Wei Zhao, Melanie Stallings Williams, The OPEC of Potatoes: Should Collusive Agricultural Production Restrictions Be Immune from Antitrust Law Enforcement? 11 Virginia Law & Business Review 399 (2017). 

David S. Sibley, Matthew D. Sibley & Melanie Stallings Williams, Tying and Bundled Discounts: An Equilibrium Analysis of Antitrust Liability Tests, 13 Berkeley Business Law Journal 149 (2016). Available at:

Shirley V. Svorny & Melanie Stallings Williams, Bad Math: How Non-Union Employees are Unconstitutionally Compelled to Subsidize Political Speech, 25 USC Interdisciplinary Law Journal 135 (2016).

Hilary M. Goldberg, Melanie Stallings Williams & Deborah Cours, It’s a Nuisance: The future of Fracking Litigation in the Wake of Parr v. Aruba Petroleum Inc., 33 Virginia Environmental Law Journal 1 (2015).

Melanie Stallings Williams & Dennis A. Halcoussis, Unions and Democracy: When Do Nonmembers Have Voting Rights? J. of Business & Technology Law (2014).

A. Lynn Phillips, G. Michael Phillips & Melanie Stallings Williams, What’s Good in Theory May be Flawed in Practice: Potential Legal Consequences of Poor Implementation of a Theoretical Sample, 9 Hastings Business Law Journal 77 (2012).

Gerlinde Berger-Walliser, Melanie Stallings Williams, Björn Walliser & Mark Bender, Bavarian Blondes Don’t Need a Visa: A Comparative Law Analysis of Ambush Marketing, 21 Tulane J. of International and Comparative Law 1 (2012).

Michael A. Williams, Kevin Kreitzman, Melanie Stallings Williams & William M. Havens, Estimating Monopoly Power with Economic Profits, U.C. Davis Business Law Journal (Spring, 2010).

Allan B. Cooper, Kim R. Greenhalgh, & Melanie Stallings Williams, Too Close For Comfort: Application of Shareholder’s Derivative Actions to Disputes Involving Closely Held Corporations, 9 U.C. Davis Business Law Journal, Issue 2 (Spring, 2009).

Spring 2018 Syllabus

Fall 2017 Syllabus