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Warren J. Kessler

DLA Piper LLP
2000 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 400 North
Los Angeles, California 90067
TELEPHONE 310-500-3524
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"Skip has the ability to blend and get along with all types of people, and both have the unique ability to co-exist in the same environment."
Mark Minsky,
Commerce Escrow
Excerpt from
Los Angeles Daily Journal
October 20, 2000

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

  • UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN LAW SCHOOL, J.D., cum laude, 1973.
  • CORNELL UNIVERSITY, A.B., 1967.

LAW PRACTICE AFFILIATIONS

  • Partner, DLA Piper, 2017 - Present.
  • Shareholder, Kessler & Kessler, A Law Corporation, 1987 - 2017.
  • Of Counsel to Gilchrist & Rutter Professional Corporation, (1991 - 1994) and to Kajan & Gross, A Professional Corporation, (1987 - 1990).
  • Partner, Greenberg, Hennigan & Mercer/Greenberg & Kessler, 1983 - 1987.
  • Partner, Cox, Castle & Nicholson, Los Angeles, California, 1980 - 1983. (Associate from 1977 - 1979).
  • Associate, McDermott, Will & Emery, Chicago, Illinois, 1973 - 1976.

BUSINESS AFFILIATIONS

  • President, Century 1031 Exchange Inc. and Century Reverse Exchange Inc.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS/AWARDS

  • Admitted to the State Bar of California (1977) and the State Bar of Illinois (1973). AV rating, Martindale-Hubbell.
  • U.S. Tax Court (1974).
  • Member, American, Los Angeles County, and Beverly Hills Bar Associations.
  • Super Lawyers, 2006, 2007, 2008.

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

  • Speaker at California Society of Certified Public Accountants, 2008 Tax Update and Planning Conference: 2008 Real Estate Tax Update.
  • Speaker at 1st Service Solutions’ Borrowers Forum, What Every Servicer and Borrower Needs To Know About Reverse Exchange Transactions, 2008.
  • Speaker at Lorman Education Services, Seminars on Section 1031 Exchanges, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006.
  • Author, "Dealing With Distressed Real Estate Projects," Forty-Second Annual Institute on Federal Taxation, University of Southern California, January 1990.
  • Author, "Refinancing Real Estate," Thirty-Ninth Annual Institute on Federal Taxation, University of Southern California, January 1987.
  • Author, "Real Estate as an Investment," Thirty-Fifth Annual Institute on Federal Taxation, University of Southern California, January 1983.
  • Speaker at the 1983, 1987 and 1990 University of Southern California Tax Institutes.
  • Speaker at various CEB seminars on income tax topics, including real estate exchanges.
  • Co-author, "Sidestepping the Impact of Starker to Save Two-Party Tax-Free Exchanges," 48 Journal of Taxation 328, June 1978.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  • Former Chair and Director, California Housing Partnership Corporation, 2001 to 2006.
  • St. Vincent Meals on Wheels Program.
  • Representative, Cornell University Development Fund.