Pepper Hamilton LLP announced that Alan J. Kessel has joined the firm as a partner in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group, resident in the Orange County office.

Kessel focuses his practice on complex litigation and trial work for a wide variety of publicly traded and privately held national and regional companies spanning multiple industries, including financial institutions, commercial and residential real estate developers, technology companies, health care plans, manufacturers and distributors in federal and state courts throughout the country.

Pepper Hamilton CEO Scott Green said, “Bringing Alan on board reinforces the firm’s commitment to a strategic plan of expanding our California presence and growing key practices in which we believe we have a competitive advantage.”

Prior to joining Pepper, Kessel was a partner at Baker & Hostetler. In addition to his trial practice, Kessel has successfully argued numerous appeals in federal and state courts, including a landmark, unanimous decision published by the California Court of Appeal. He also regularly provides preventive litigation and risk management services to a broad array of clients.

Gary Apfel, partner in charge of Pepper’s Los Angeles office, commented on Kessel’s experience and fit. “Alan has extensive complex litigation experience,” said Apfel. “We’re happy to have him supporting our strong West Coast litigation practice.”

Kessel said he is excited about making the move to Pepper. “Pepper Hamilton is a leader and I’m looking forward to being part of the firm’s growth in California,” Kessel said.

Kessel has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list and has been honored by various publications, including Forbes magazine. He has authored several articles on a number of legal and non-legal topics and has been a speaker and presenter at trial practice seminars.

Kessel earned his J.D. in 1987 from New York University School of Law, where he was a member of the Annual Survey of American Law. He earned his undergraduate degree, cum laude, in 1984 from Tulane University. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Eta Sigma.


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