Jeffrey Kessler is co-chairman of Dewey & LeBoeuf's global litigation department, co-chairman of the sports litigation department, and a member of its executive and leadership committees. He teaches a course on complex litigation at Columbia Law School.
He has extensive experience in all aspects of antitrust law, sports law, intellectual property and other complex litigation. He has been lead counsel in some of the most complex antitrust, sports law, and intellectual property law cases in the country, including major jury trials, and has represented a number of U.S. and international companies in criminal and civil investigations in the antitrust and trade areas. He has also been the lead counsel in numerous intellectual property cases involving frontier issues of IP law.
Kessler is also one of the most prominent lawyers in the country regularly engaged in high-profile sports litigation. Most recently, Kessler published a new edition of International Trade and U.S. Antitrust Law, a leading treatise on antitrust and trade law issues in a global economy. He also was co-editor-in-chief of state antitrust practice and statutes. He was a member of the Council and was formerly co-chairman of the American Bar Association’s publications committee and chairman of the international antitrust law committee of the antitrust section.
He was also a member of the ABA's NAFTA Tri-National Committee and an adjunct professor of law at Fordham Law School. He was a founding member of the board of advisors of the Georgetown University Study of Private Antitrust Litigation.
Kessler has been recognized by numerous publications, including Chambers USA - America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Best Lawyers in America. He is also recognized by the Guide to the World’s Leading Antitrust Lawyers and Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers, and has been included in The Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America 2005, 2006, and 2008, and Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America, 2006. He was also named as a New York Super Lawyer in 2006, 2007, and 2008.
He received his J.D. from Columbia Law School and his B.A. from Columbia University in 1975.