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Victor J. Kessler

Associate
Office: Ithaca, Syracuse
Direct Dial: 607.697.9005
Direct Fax: 607.697.9008

Victor J. Kessler

Victor J. Kessler

Associate
vkessler@bhlawpllc.com
Office: Ithaca, Syracuse
Direct Dial: 607.697.9005
Direct Fax: 607.697.9008

Victor J. Kessler

Victor Kessler counsels clients on how best to resolve their legal issues, inside or outside the courthouse.  He brings to Bousquet Holstein PLLC years of litigation experience in the Washington, D.C. and Chicago offices of a top global law firm, where he advised clients on everything from individual pro bono cases to complex multi-jurisdictional disputes against federal and state governments.

Victor’s approach to practicing law focuses on his clients’ needs.  He listens to his clients in order to understand their goals and provide counsel on how best to achieve their objectives.  Victor believes that all legal advice should be tailored to each client’s unique circumstances.  For most, litigation is a weapon of last resort, to be deployed when other, less burdensome means of dispute resolution are unlikely to succeed.  For others, however, litigation may be the best choice.  Accordingly, Victor works closely with his clients to develop a full range of options for whatever situation they face.

Victor’s practice spans many industries.  He has represented individuals and companies involved in, among other things, manufacturing, insurance, health care, retail, and real estate.  Some representative matters include defending one of the nation’s largest retailers in a sensitive multi-district litigation; representing merging corporations against federal antitrust regulators; defending a corporate director of a nonprofit organization; and guiding a client through arbitration following the sale of one of its lines of business.  His recent matters have involved counseling clients with respect to the administration and litigation of trusts and estates.

Victor has also maintained an active pro bono practice.  He has obtained asylum for clients in immigration proceedings, assisted a military family with obtaining a favorable settlement in federal court; and fought to recover damages on behalf of clients who suffered injuries while in government custody.

Victor is looking forward to the opportunity to become involved in community life in Ithaca and beyond.  While not practicing law, he enjoys spending time with his family, exploring the incredible parks and waterways of the Finger Lakes region, and thinking about practicing law.

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EDUCATION

  • J.D. –  Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC – magna cum laude – 2015
    • Georgetown Law Journal, Articles Editor
    • Order of the Coif
  • B.A. – University of Chicago, Chicago, IL – 2011
    • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, with honors
    • Phi Beta Kappa

ADMISSIONS

  • New York State
  • Maryland
  • Illinois
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for Maryland and the Northern District of Illinois
  • Tompkins County Bar Association


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