Daniel J. Kessler

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Irvine, CA

Burkhalter Kessler Clement & George LLP
 | 2020 Main Street, Suite 600
Irvine, CA 92614
Phone: 949-975-7500
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1994
Education: Whittier Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (50%)
Attorney Profile

As a partner at Burkhalter Kessler Clement & George LLP, Daniel J. Kessler is dedicated to providing legal representation to clients in Irvine, Westlake Village, Orange County, Los Angeles County, Southern California and statewide. He focuses his practice on business, commercial, real estate, labor and employment law, generally handling cases that involve employment litigation defense, employment pre-litigation investigations and advice, employee terminations, trade secrets, business fraud, commercial real estate and development, and land use and zoning matters. 

In 1991, Mr. Kessler earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. He then went on to receive a Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School in 1994, graduating magna cum laude.

For more than 20 years, Mr. Kessler has aggressively advocated on behalf of his clients. While he fights to ensure that their rights are upheld when necessary, he encourages his clients to participate in alternative dispute resolution when possible. Over the course of his career, Mr. Kessler has achieved high rates of success, regularly securing multimillion-dollar verdicts for his clients. His successes include $2.9 million fraud verdict with punitive damages, as well as defending his client from a $30.4 million claim in a commercial real estate case. Mr. Kessler's commitment to maintaining high standards of legal ethics while providing quality representation has helped him to receive the highest possible rating of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

Beyond his work in the courtroom, Mr. Kessler is an active member of the legal community and regularly shares his legal knowledge with others through presentations and lectures. In addition to regular employment training seminars, he has served as an adjunct professor at Whittier Law School, teaching courses on trade secrets, and he has been a guest lecturer at Pepperdine University School of Law's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (50%)

Employment Litigation (50%)

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Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2018

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About Daniel Kessler

Admitted: 1994, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.bkcglaw.com/About/Daniel-J-Kessler.shtml

Honors and Awards:

  • The National Registry of Who's Who
  • Significant Punitive Damage Awards
  • Recipient of Numerous Honors, Competed Nationally on Moot Court, Whittier College School of Law, Los Angeles, California
  • Honors: magna cum laude, Ranked Fourth in the Law School Class, Whittier College School of Law, Los Angeles, California
  • Law Review: Whittier College School of Law Review, Editor, Whittier College School of Law, Los Angeles, California

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Robert A. Banyard Inn of Court, Past Board Member
  • U.S. District Court Western District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • California, 1994

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Teaching Trade Secrets, Whittier Law School
  • Lecturer, Mediation, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law

Educational Background:

  • University of California, Berkeley, California B.A. - 1991 Major: Political Science

Industry Groups

  • Commercial
  • Employment
  • Real Estate
Office Location for Daniel J. Kessler

2020 Main Street
Suite 600
Irvine, CA 92614

Phone: 949-975-7500

 

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Last Updated: 11/30/2016

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