Zachary M. Kessler

Senior Associate

Zack Kessler represents financial technology companies and banking institutions on US policy issues and communications campaigns, including advising on AML/CFT policies, beneficial ownership registry implementation, payments systems, and new technologies for the unbanked/underbanked. He has advised clients on complex state and federal public policy issues related to emerging financial services, blockchain technology adoption, COVID-19 response, CARES Act lending facilities, education and housing policies. He has also represented technology, physical and cybersecurity, and entertainment industry companies in obtaining liability protections for anti-terrorism technologies from the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Kessler’s pro bono experience includes assisting clients with submitting petitions to the US Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control for human rights sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Act, which successfully led to the US Department of State levying visa bans on perpetrators of state-sponsored torture and forced disappearances of dissidents in the leadup to a recent election in an African nation. 

During law school, Mr. Kessler was a summer law clerk in Alaska’s Office of Administrative Hearings, and was a Guantanamo Bay Military Commission legal observer. After completing his undergraduate degree, he worked as an associate for the US-Taiwan Business Council. 

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  • Education

    • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 2018

      Journal of National Security Law & Policy
    • BA, Political Science and Asian Studies, University of Michigan, 2013

      with Honors
  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • Virginia