Thompson & Knight Adds Accomplished Lawyer Philip Kessler to Direct Firm's Expanding Operations in New York and Lead New Detroit Office

Mar 04, 2011, 10:20 ET from Thompson & Knight LLP

DALLAS, March 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce the addition of noted trial lawyer Philip Kessler to direct the Firm's expanding operations in New York City and lead the new office in metropolitan Detroit.


Mr. Kessler is a nationally renowned business litigator with 38 years of experience in state and federal courts. Thompson & Knight's metropolitan Detroit office, which will open in spring 2011, is the eleventh Firm office and second in the United States outside of Texas.

"It is an honor to welcome Phil Kessler to Thompson & Knight," says Firm Managing Partner Jeffrey A. Zlotky.  "His distinguished reputation, market knowledge, and insights will be great assets as we seek opportunities to support new and existing clients in New York, Michigan, and elsewhere."

Mr. Kessler concentrates his practice on business disputes on behalf of individuals and partnerships as well as public and private corporations. His extensive experience includes litigation involving antitrust, bankruptcy, contracts, health care and pharmaceuticals, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, and securities matters.

"Thompson & Knight has a distinguished and vibrant history. It has an impressive capacity to provide a wide range of legal services to clients in many industries while remaining a leader in serving the energy industry," says Mr. Kessler. "The Firm's recognized capabilities and responsiveness will enable me to serve existing and new clients effectively, while supporting the Firm's ongoing strategic initiatives. I am very pleased to have been invited to join this outstanding Firm."

Mr. Kessler is a Fellow and former Regent of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow of the American and Michigan State Bar Foundations, Life Member of the Judicial Conference of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and a Trustee and National Membership Chairman of the United States Supreme Court Historical Society. He also is ranked as one of America's leading business litigators by Chambers USA and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1987 in the areas of Antitrust Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Intellectual Property Litigation.

Mr. Kessler earned his law degree from the School of Law of the University of California at Berkeley and his undergraduate degree from The University of Michigan.

About Thompson & Knight

Established in 1887, Thompson & Knight is a full-service firm providing legal solutions to public and private companies, governments, and individuals in all areas, including commercial and tort litigation, finance, banking, securities, mergers and acquisitions, taxation, intellectual property, corporate governance, creditors' rights, real estate, labor, white collar defense, and environmental matters, among others.  We are particularly recognized for our depth of experience and capabilities on behalf of clients in the energy industry, both domestically and around the world.  Thompson & Knight has approximately 350 attorneys with offices in Texas, New York and Michigan, with international offices and associations in the Americas, North Africa, Europe, and Asia.

For additional information:

Becky S. Jackson

Chief Client Services Officer


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