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At a Glance:

Robert W. Kessler is a partner in the firm and member of the Family Wealth & Estate Planning Practice Group where he concentrates his practice in estate planning, charitable giving, estate administration, probate and estate tax law.


Community Involvement:

Mr. Kessler is a board member of the Rochester Area Community Foundation, the Otetiana Council of the Boy Scouts of America and Chair of the J. P. Wilmot Cancer Center where he is also involved with the committee to raise funds for new Cancer Center.

Bar Admissions:

Mr. Kessler is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Trusts and Estates Section of the Monroe County Bar Association

  • Estate Planning Council

  • Rochester Chapter of the International Association for Financial Planning

  • Deferred Giving Committee for Rochester Area Multiple Sclerosis

  • Planned Giving Council at the University of Rochester Medical School

  • Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel since 1995



Mr. Kessler is included in the current edition of “The Best Lawyers in America” for his practice in the area of Trusts and Estates. He has been listed for the past ten years.

  • Recipient of the Joe U. Posner Founders Award from the Rochester Area Community Foundation for his work on community philanthropy.

  • Frequent lecturer on estate planning and estate tax subjects at County and State Bar Association seminars and local forums.

  • Published “Ten Common Estate Planning Mistakes and Solutions.”


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 50%
  2. Trusts: 40%
  3. Elder Law: 10%

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Contact info

Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP

2 State Street
700 Crossroads Building
Rochester, NY, 14614-1313


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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Estate Planning Council of RochesterMemberN/A
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Monroe County Bar Association, Trusts & Estates SectionChairman1984 - 1985
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Publication UnknownTen Common Estate Planning Mistakes and Solutions2002
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