William A. Kessler

  • Counsel
  • Ewilliam.kessler@lw.com
  • 355 South Grand Avenue, Suite 100
  • Los Angeles, CA 90071-1560
  • USA
  • T +1.213.891.7554


William Kessler is counsel in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Kessler advises a wide variety of clients, including public and private companies, with respect to many types of matters and transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and spin-offs. His practice primarily focuses on transactional tax.

Mr. Kessler graduated first in his law school class and won a number of awards, including Senior Editor of the Year and the James. G. Holbrook award for his work as an editor of The Southern California Law Review. Mr. Kessler also won the Deloitte Award for his performance in the field of corporate taxation.

Prior to law school, Mr. Kessler earned a Master of Business Taxation. He has also passed the Uniform CPA Examination.

Mr. Kessler authored “Whose Office Is This Anyway? A Look at the IRS’s New Position on Offshore Lending,” 84 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1357 (2011).



Thought Leadership

  • IRS Relaxes Stock Dividend Safe Harbor for Publicly Offered REITs and RICs in 2020 -  May 18, 2020
  • IRS Issues Proposed Regulations on Business Interest Deduction Limitations -  December 19, 2018
  • IRS Publishes Ruling Requirements for Certain Tax-Free Spin-Off Monetization Transactions -  October 22, 2018
Selected as a Southern California Rising Star for tax.Super Lawyers 2017-2019
Bar Qualification
  • California
  • JD, University of Southern California, 2011
    Order of the Coif; Law Alumni Award
  • MBT, University of Southern California, 2008
  • BS, University of Southern California, 2007
    summa cum laude
  • REITs
  • Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • Transactional Tax
  • International Tax
  • Tax