Philip J. Kessler, a litigation partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, has been appointed chair and president of the board of directors for the U.S. International Rule of Law Project Inc., a group aimed at promoting the study and development of international and comparative law.
Kessler, of Franklin, focuses his practice on the prosecution and defense of claims on behalf of public and private companies, individuals and partnerships, in a broad range of business and intellectual property issues.
He has experience in litigation including claims involving antitrust, audit malpractice, contracts, securities fraud, corporate control contests, fiduciary matters, and intra-corporate and partnership disputes. Kessler also litigates intellectual property issues arising from copyright, trademark, trade secret, unfair competition, and patent infringement claims.
He is a Fellow of the distinguished American College of Trial Lawyers, where he has served on its board of regents and executive committee, The International Society of Barristers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. In addition, Kessler serves as a trustee, secretary and on the executive committee of the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society. He is a life member of the Judicial Conference for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and a life fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and his a juris doctor from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.