Alan J. Kessel


Orange County, CA
Phone: 949.567.3528    Fax: 949.863.0151

Los Angeles, CA
Phone: 213.928.9800    Fax: 213.928.9850

Alan J. Kessel is a partner in the Trial and Dispute Resolution Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Orange County and Los Angeles offices. Mr. Kessel focuses his practice on complex litigation and trial work in federal and state courts throughout the country, as well as arbitrations under the AAA. He represents 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 addition to his trial practice, Mr. Kessel has successfully argued numerous appeals in federal and state courts, including a landmark, unanimous decision published by the California Court of Appeal. Mr. Kessel also regularly provides preventive litigation and risk management services to a broad array of clients.

Prior to joining Pepper, Mr. Kessel was a partner at Baker & Hostetler and Manatt Phelps & Phillips.


  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1987, Member of the Annual Survey of American Law.
  • B.A., cum laude, Tulane University, 1984, Elected to the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies.

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

Practice Areas

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