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Philip J. Kessler

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in New York, NY

Hoffman & Kessler LLP
1270 6th Ave, Suite 301
New York, NY 10020
Phone: 212-763-6181
Fax: 917-591-4900
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2018, 2021 - 2022
Licensed in New York Since: 2009
Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Antitrust Litigation
Attorney Profile

Attorney Philip J. Kessler is a partner with Hoffman & Kessler LLP law firm in New York, New York. Nationally ranked as among the preeminent trial lawyers in the country, Mr. Kessler has more than 48 years of total legal experience, and he provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout the New York City metro who have legal needs involving any of the following:

· Business litigation

· Intellectual property litigation

· Antitrust litigation

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Kessler has achieved remarkable success advocating on behalf of his clients in state, federal and appellate courts across his region as well as during arbitration and negotiations. Whether inside or outside of the courtroom, he maintains an unwavering focus on protecting his clients' rights and interests while helping them achieve the favorable outcomes they seek as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

Honored for his impeccable professionalism, outstanding legal abilities and success, Mr. Kessler has earned designation from Chambers USA as among America's Leading Lawyers for Business each year since 2003. He has also received a Top 100 ranking from America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators as well as consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America*. He has also earned listings in Who's Who Legal, Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in the World.

Mr. Kessler is also a fellow with the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, where he has served on the organization's executive committee and board of regents. In addition, he is a fellow with the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers, and he is a member of the American Bar Foundation, the National Judicial College, and many other local, state, national and international legal organizations.

After graduating with distinction from the University of Michigan in 1969, Mr. Kessler attended the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1972. He holds his license to practice in Michigan and New York, and he is admitted to practice before various federal and appellate courts in the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

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Practice Areas
  • 50%Business Litigation
  • 30%Intellectual Property Litigation
  • 20%Antitrust Litigation
Focus Areas

Antitrust & Trade Litigation


15 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2018, 2021 - 2022

About Philip J. Kessler

First Admitted: 1972, Michigan

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Presenter, University of Michigan Affirmative Action Cases: A Retrospective, University College London, February 5, 2016
  • Detroit College of Law (now Michigan State University School of Law), Contract and Business Litigation, Associate Professor 
  • The Importance of Judicial Independence to the Rule of Law, New York City Bar Association, New York, NY, Introducer: Justice Stephen Breyer, Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin (retired, Supreme Court of Canada), Lord John Dyson, UK Master of the Rolls (retired) and Murray Hunt, Director, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, June 14, 2018
  • Presenter, Commercial Implications of Brexit, World Trade Week Forum & Reception, SUNY Global and Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, New York, NY, May 18, 2017
  • Presenter, Considerations of Impact on Disputes of Brexit, International Law and Business Law Sections of the Michigan State Bar Association, November 11, 2016
  • Moderator, A Conversation with Ndaba Mandela: Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa, New York City Bar Association, New York, NY, September 22, 2016
  • Does the Use of Comparative Law Compromise the Rule of Law, New York City Bar Association - New York, NY, Introducer: Justice Stephen Breyer, Lord Jonathan Sumption (UK Supreme Court) and Professor Sir Jeffrey Jowell Q.C., June 16, 2016

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Life Member, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation
  • Former Member and Chair, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Local Rules Committee
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Member, Board of Visitors, The National Judicial College, 2007-2010


  • Trustee, Secretary, Executive Committee Member, U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Chambers USA by Chambers & Partners (Litigation: General Commercial); 2003-2013
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent TM Peer Review Rated
  • Fellow, The International Society of Barristers
  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Antitrust Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Antitrust, Litigation-Intellectual Property); 1987-2014
  • Who's Who in the World
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; President-Elect, Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee; Regent, 2005-2009
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Michigan Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Business Litigation); 2006-2013
  • Who's Who Legal (The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers)

Educational Background

  • A.B., with distinction, University of Michigan, 1969

Industry Groups

  • Intellectual Property
  • International Arbitration
  • Trial
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Office Location for Philip J. Kessler

1270 6th Ave
Suite 301
New York, NY 10020

Phone: 212-763-6181

Fax: 917-591-4900

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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