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Phillip Kessler named chair and president of Rule of Law Project

Philip J. Kessler, a litigation partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, has been appointed chair and president of the board of directors for the United Sates International Rule of Law Project (IROLP) Inc. The mission of the organization is to promote the study and development of international and comparative law and, in particular, the rule of law both within  countries around the world and in the international legal order. Supporters of the British Institute for International and Comparative Law (BIICL) established IROLP, which last year became a U.S. non-profit corporation. The BIICL is one of the leading independent research centers for international and comparative law in the world. The directors and officers of both organizations are highly regarded legal scholars and practitioners from some of the most prestigious research institutions and law firms in the world.

Kessler focuses his practice on the prosecution and defense of claims on behalf of public and private companies, individuals and partnerships, in a broad range of business and intellectual property issues.

 He is a prominent trial lawyer with extensive experience in litigation including claims involving antitrust, audit malpractice, contracts, securities fraud, corporate control contests, fiduciary matters and intra-corporate and partnership disputes. Kessler also litigates intellectual property issues arising from copyright, trademark, trade secret, unfair competition and patent infringement claims. He represents clients in numerous industries, including automotive, advertising, health care, pharmaceutical, financial services, real estate and manufacturing. Kessler is admitted to practice in Michigan and New York and has acted as lead counsel in litigation throughout the United States.

He is a Fellow of the distinguished American College of Trial Lawyers, where he has served on its board of regents and executive committee, The International Society of Barristers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. In addition, Kessler serves as a trustee, secretary and on the executive committee of the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society. He is a life member of the Judicial Conference for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and a life fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

He earned a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law and an A.B., with distinction, from the University of Michigan.


Panel discussion on stigma of addiction

On Sunday, October 18, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School will host a free movie event and panel discussion, presented by Mi-HOPE, regarding the stigma of addiction. The free event, which is open to the public, takes place Sunday, October 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the WMU-Cooley Auburn Hills campus located at 2630 Featherstone Rd.