Jane Kessner represents clients in complex litigation, with a focus on appellate and government-facing litigation.

Ms. Kessner clerked for the Honorable Pamela A. Harris of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for the Honorable John D. Bates of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

In law school, she served as president of the Stanford Law Review and won the Kirkwood Moot Court Competition. As a student attorney, she successfully argued a prisoner-rights case before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and participated in the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. She interned for the Civil Appellate Staff at the US Department of Justice and for the Honorable Beryl A. Howell of the US District Court for the District of Columbia. Before law school, she was an analyst for Cornerstone Research, where she supported expert witnesses in commercial litigation.


  • Education

    • JD, Stanford Law School, 2019

      President, Stanford Law Review; Winning Team and Best Oralist, Kirkwood Moot Court Competition; Co-President, Kirkwood Moot Court Board.
    • BA, Philosophy, Amherst College, 2014

      summa cum laude
  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • Maryland

    • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

  • Clerkships

    • The Hon. Pamela A. Harris, US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2021 - 2022

    • The Hon. John D. Bates, US District Court for the District of Columbia, 2020 - 2021



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