Gary S. Kessler

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Dallas, Texas

Kessler Collins, P.C.
Gary S. Kessler
Kessler Collins, P.C.

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Insurance Coverage, Securities Litigation; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 1974

Education: Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2006 - 2012, 2014 - 2023

Kessler Collins, P.C.

500 N Akard St
Suite 3700
Dallas, TX 75201 Visit website


As president of Kessler Collins, PC, Gary S. Kessler is well-known throughout Texas for corporate litigation services that are practically unmatched. With extensive national and international experience, Mr. Kessler has represented countless major domestic and international corporations, financial institutions and insurers. He focuses on complex corporate matters such as business litigation, commercial real estate and leasing, intellectual property, insurance and commercial litigation, securities litigation and arbitration. Mr. Kessler's international experience has included representing the People's Republic of China for claims under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.

Mr. Kessler is board certified as a civil trial lawyer. He is admitted to practice law in the state of Texas and before the U.S. Courts for the Districts of Texas; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth and Ninth Circuits; the U.S. Supreme Court; and the U.S. Tax Court. After graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Notre Dame in 1971, Mr. Kessler received his Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University in 1974. While attending law school, he earned the Russell Baker Moot Court Award and was president of the professional law fraternity Delta Theta Phi.

Today, Mr. Kessler is a member of the prestigious Dallas Inns of Court and is an instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He also lectures frequently for industry organizations. He is rated as AV-Preeminent* with Martindale-Hubbell, and has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America** every year since 1997. Mr. Kessler is a member of such associations as the American Bar Association, the College of the State Bar of Texas, the Dallas Bar Association, the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, the Defense Research Institute, the Association of Attorney-Mediators, the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution and the Professional Liability Underwriting Society.

*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.

**The Best Lawyers in America® 2013. Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Practice areas

Business Litigation, Insurance Coverage, Securities Litigation, General Litigation, Personal Injury - Products: Defense

Focus areas

Bad Faith Insurance, Insurance Defense, Litigation

  • 10% Business Litigation
  • 40% Insurance Coverage
  • 30% Securities Litigation
  • 10% General Litigation
  • 10% Personal Injury - Products: Defense

First Admitted: 1974, Texas

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Dallas Inns of Court
  • Dallas Bar Association Fee Disputes Committee
  • American Bar Association, International, Bankruptcy, Tort and Insurance Practice, Antitrust and Litigation Sections
  • U.S. District Court Eastern Districts of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Foundation
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • Association of Attorney Mediators
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Defense Research Institute
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern Districts of Texas
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Southern Districts of Texas
  • Society for Professional Dispute Resolution
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (Compliance & Legal Society)
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy (faculty)
  • Texas, 1974
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Western Districts of Texas
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Association
  • Russell Baker Moot Court Award, Southern Methodist University, 1974
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • President, Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, Southern Methodist University, 1974
  • Member, Inns of Court
  • Best Lawyers in America, Business Litigation Section, 1997 - 2013
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Building Owner's & Management Association
  • Friend of IREM (Institute of Real Estate Management)
  • The Real Estate Council
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • "Judicial Alchemy - Spinning Letters of Credit into Security Deposits," Shopping Center Legal Update, Vol. 23, Issue 3, 2003
  • "The Runaway Jury Trial," Shopping Center Legal Update, Vol. 24, Issue 3, 2004
  • "Can you Handle Rejection," Shopping Center Legal Update, Vol. 26, Issue 1, 2006
  • Frequent speaker at IREM, ULI, National Association of Industrial & Office Properties (NAIOP) and ICSC National Conferences
  • Frequent Lecturer, Industry Groups and is an Instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy
Educational Background:
  • University of Notre Dame, B.B.A., 1971
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Office location for Gary S. Kessler

500 N Akard St
Suite 3700
Dallas, TX 75201

Phone: 214-379-0722


19 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2006 - 2012, 2014 - 2023

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