Alan C. Kessler
practices in the area of commercial litigation with a focus on class actions and other complex litigation, government relations and general counseling. Mr. Kessler represents real estate developers, banks, airlines, healthcare institutions and hospitals and alternative energy companies.
Mr. Kessler has worked with a wide range of clients, including small closely-held entrepreneurial companies, closely-held public companies, Fortune 100 companies, real estate developers, real estate management companies, healthcare providers, an entertainment industry company, franchisors, franchisees, electronics companies, consumer product companies, municipal authorities, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Authorities and other governmental agencies.
Mr. Kessler's public service activities include serving as a member of the Clinton/Gore Presidential Transition Team in 1991-1992; as a presidential appointee by President Clinton as the vice chair of the Presidential/Congressional Commission on Risk Assessment and Risk Management (1994-1998); and as a presidential appointee by President Clinton, confirmed by the U.S. Senate, to the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service. He was elected chair of the USPS Board of Governors in 2008, having served as vice chair since 2005, and President Obama appointed him to a second term, with the Senate confirming, in 2009. He also has served as finance vice chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), as a national finance vice chair of Gore 2000, Vice President Gore's presidential campaign, and as a national finance chair of Hillary for President in 2008.
On a regional level, Mr. Kessler was a Township Commissioner for Lower Merion Township and a member of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. Mr. Kessler previously acted as co-chair of the Mayor's Transition Committee for Mayor Edward Rendell (1992) and as a member of the Executive Committee of Philadelphia 2000. He served as a member and co-chair of Governor Rendell's transition team. He was a member of the Electoral College for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2000. Additionally, he is currently a member of the board of directors of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, Drexel University, Penn Medicine Campaign Board and the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation, where he serves as a member of the executive committee. He was also appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court as chair of the Supreme Court's Continuing Legal Education Board. Mr. Kessler also was appointed by Governor Rendell as finance chair of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party.
Mr. Kessler is a 1975 graduate, with honors, of the University of Maryland School of Law and a graduate, with honors, of the University of Delaware.
Honors and Awards
•Listed in Best Lawyers Greater Philadelphia, 2016
•Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2015-2017
•Listed in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2004-2005 and 2007-2016
•Listed in Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition, 2010 and 2011
•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
•Quoted in Judge Rejects Class Action Over Excess Sheriff's Sale Proceeds, The Legal Intelligencer, April 2, 2013
•Featured in Pennsylvania Influencers by Alex Roarty and Sean Coit, Politics, January 2010
Civic and Charitable Activities
•Hillary for President
- National Finance Chair, 2008
•Democratic National Committee
- Finance Vice Chair
•Pennsylvania Democratic Committee
- Finance Chair
- National Finance Vice Chair, 2000
•Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Electoral College, 2000
- Executive Committee
•Lower Merion Township
- Township Commissioner
•Pennsylvania Supreme Court Continuing Legal Education Board
•Governor Edward Rendell's Transition Team
•Presidential/Congressional Commission on Risk Assessment and Risk Management, 1994-1998
•Mayor's Transition Committee, 1992
•Clinton/Gore Presidential Transition Team, 1991-1992
•United States Postal Service Board of Governors, 2000-2011
- Chair, 2008-2009
- Vice Chair, 2005-2008
•Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, 2001-2013
•The Central Philadelphia Development Corporation
- Member, Executive Committee
•Penn Medicine Campaign Cabinet