Phillip J. Kessler

Philip J. Kessler, co-founding partner of Hoffman & Kessler LLP, is a leading trial lawyer with decades of experience in successfully handling a wide range of commercial and intellectual property disputes in the federal and state trial and appellate courts and in arbitration.

Phil’s practice focuses on the prosecution and defense of claims on behalf of public and private corporations, partnerships and individuals. He has extensive experience in claims involving antitrust, audit malpractice, contracts, corporate control contests, fiduciary matters, intra-corporate and partnership disputes, securities fraud and probate and trust matters. Phil’s intellectual property experience has involved claims concerning copyright, trademark, trade secrets, unfair competition and patient infringement.


Phil has been recognized repeatedly for trial excellence. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers where he served on its Board of Regents and Executive Committee. He is also a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been consistently recognized by Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, Chambers (Band One), and other rating services.

Phil is a Trustee, Executive Committee member and Secretary of the US Supreme Court Historical Society, a board member of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law in London, England and US Chair and President of the Bingham Centre’s US affiliate, The International Rule of Law Project, Inc., a Life Member of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and a Life Fellow of the American Bar and Michigan State Bar Foundations.

Phil is a member of the Bars of Michigan and New York and has been admitted to practice before numerous federal trial and appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court.