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About me

I help businesses, individuals and families reach their goals by providing timely, thorough representation. I understand and facilitate each client's big-picture objectives, and efficiently integrate my role in achieving those objectives. I've litigated Superior Court cases all around Washington and cases in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. I've also argued cases to the Washington Court of Appeals and have been admitted pro hac vice to several federal and state courts around the United States. In addition, I conduct a range of business and real estate transactions, including entity formation, partnership/shareholder agreements, commercial lease transactions, and purchase and sale agreements for real estate, business assets and entity interest.


I am dedicated to helping local charities and serve on several boards of directors of nonprofit corporations. I enjoy traveling, hiking and spending time with my bride.




Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 35%
  2. Real Estate: 25%
  3. Estate Planning: 20%
  4. Business: 20%



Hourly ($250-350/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

7 total 

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  • Justin G Elsner

    I highly endorse Bill Kessler if you need a business or real estate attorney. He knows the law and gives well thought out advice. I know that he will take great care of any person I send to him.


    Justin Elsner Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Steven O Anderson

    Bill and I were on opposite sides of a matter, I found him to be a respectful and zealous advocate for his client, but a pleasure to work with towards a resolution. We were able to resolve the matter and maintain a professional relationship. I would recommend Bill, and I endorse him.


    Steven Anderson Probate Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Rising StarSuperLawyers2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
LawyerBeresford Booth PLLC2006 - Present
Law ClerkBeresford Booth PLLC2004 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Snohomish County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Business Law Section - WSBAMember2006 - Present
Real Property Probate and Trust Section - WSBAMember2006 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Litigation Section - WSBAMember2006 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeMember2006 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Pacific Continental Shippers LLC v. Baking Systems, Inc., 142 Wn. App. 1045 (2008)Superior Court Judgment Affirmed
Pacific Continental Shippers LLC v. Baking Systems, Inc., 149 Wn. App. 1043 (2009)Award of Attorney Fees Affirmed
Employee Painters, et al. v. Issaquah Glass, et al., King County Superior Court Cause #11-2-05844-1 KNTFull Payment of Judgment
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Publication nameTitleDate
Primerus"Can I Lien This Project?"2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Willamette University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of WashingtonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Parent Education SeminarEstate Planning for New ParentsN/A
Organization of Eastside Escrow AgentsReal Estate Law for Escrow AgentsN/A
Bastyr Business ClassesThe Law of Contracts and Business OrganizationsN/A