Member Profile: Joan B. Kessler JD PhD

Joan B. Kessler JD PhD
Kessler & Kessler, A Law Corporation
1100 Glendon Avenue
14th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90024
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Tel: (310) 552-9800
Fax: (310) 552-0442

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ADR Services Include:

Mediation; Early Neutral Evaluation; Med-Arb; Facilitation & Systems Design; Fact Finding; Discovery Referee; Special Master; ADR Training/CME


Joan B. Kessler JD PhD has substantive case experience in the following areas...

Banking & Finance
Business Dissolution
Class Actions
Community Associations
Contract Disputes
Cross Cultural
Debt Collections
Eminent Domain
Entertainment Sector
Family Businesses
Intellectual Property
Legal Malpractice
Libel & Slander
Media & Communications
Mortgage Foreclosure
Personal Injury
Product Liability
Professional Fees
Professional Liability
Professional Malpractice
Professional Negligence
Property Damage
Real Estate
Religious Institutions
Sexual Harassment
Title Disputes
Trusts / Estates
Unfair Competition
Wage & Hour/FMLA



With a law career spanning over 30 years and a Ph.D. in communications, Joan Kessler, Esq. is a uniquely qualified mediator and arbitrator whose training and education allow her to communicate effectively with attorneys and all parties involved in her mediations. She has the legal experience and knowledge to understand even the most complex of legal issues, as well as a background in communication which helps her to develop a rapport with even the most challenging, combative and high profile personalities.

As a successful mediator, Ms. Kessler possesses a keen ability to bring parties together to reach resolution on even the most contentious of matters. Attorneys have great regard for Ms. Kessler's abilities, as stated in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, "She's just extremely bright and has a lot of litigation experience from a lawyer's perspective, so she knows the pressures that the attorneys are facing, as well as the clients'. She had a good assessment of the parties, of where they might or might not be willing to go, and she worked the parties to get them to a place where an agreement could be reached, which really required major effort on her part." Ms. Kessler, a mediator, arbitrator and discovery referee has handled diverse matters including: real estate (including title, easement, homeowners association, landlord/tenant, finance, disputes), employment (including wage & hour, harassment, discrimination, retaliation), entertainment, commercial litigation, business matters (including partnership disputes and shareholder disputes), insurance as well as trust and estate cases.

Ms. Kessler has recently partnered with DecisionQuest, the largest jury consulting company in the United States and the American Arbitration Association, to develop a new online analytical tool to assess evaluative arbitrators' reactions to cases.  Also, she has partnered with DecisionQuest to develop CaseXplorer Mediation to be used to assist mediators to help resolve matters.  Given her background in both litigation and in jury consulting, this new partnership is a very exciting match.  The tools, CaseXplorer Mediation and CaseXplorer Arbitration, will be used to help encourage settlement of matters before costly trials and arbitrations. 


  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA - J.D. 1986; Chief Articles Editor, Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Journal
  • University of Michigan, Ph.D. Speech Communication, 1973
  • University of California, Los Angeles, M.A. Speech Communication, 1969
  • University of Michigan, A.B. English, 1967


English, Spanish

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Admitted to the State Bar of California (1987). AV rating, Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Admitted to the U.S. Tax Court.
  • Admitted to the U.S. District Court, Central District of California.
  • Member, American, Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations.
  • Member, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.
  • Member, Organization of Women Executives, 1996-Present.
  • Member, Southern California Mediation Association, 2006-Present.
  • Southern California Super Lawyer.
  • Daily Journal's 2006 Top Women Litigators.
  • Los Angeles Superior Court Awardee in Mediation - 2008.
  • Associate Editor, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) "Advocate" Magazine 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.




Joan B. Kessler JD PhD is a member of our CA chapter, California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, California's premier roster of preeminent mediators and arbitrators. The CADN profile includes more specific local information, such as counties and regions served, and can be visited directly at


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