Law360 named Jeffrey Kessler, a DC-based partner in WilmerHale’s International Trade Practice, to its annual list of Rising Stars. The list recognizes the top 176 attorneys under the age of 40 whose legal accomplishments have already distinguished them from their peers. Kessler is one of four WilmerHale attorneys to be named to the list in 2022.
The profile in Law360 highlights Kessler as one of the foremost attorneys in the international trade arena and notes that his ability to navigate and resolve high-level matters, such as successfully renegotiating politically sensitive trade pacts between the US Government and foreign countries and companies, solidified his spot among the top attorneys of his generation.
Law360 describes Kessler as a “key decision-maker at the U.S. Department of Commerce,” where he served as Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, and highlights his lead role in Boeing’s long-running trade dispute as evidence of his Rising Star status. In his profile, Kessler labels the Boeing matter—a 17-year-long trade dispute with Airbus—the biggest case of his career. He discusses the longest-running World Trade Organization dispute, his US Senate confirmation and his predictions for the future of international trade in his feature.