Ashley G. Kessler


New York-Midtown

(212) 883-2221

(646) 461-2081

Ashley focuses her practice in the area of intellectual property, including trademark prosecution, licensing, and litigation, and internet disputes. Ashley handles matters relating to ICANN proceedings, trademark proceedings within TTAB, copyright and entertainment matters, and patent litigation matters. In addition, she has experience handling trademark matters for clients in the cannabis, CBD, and beauty and wellness industries. Ashley regularly counsels clients on all phases of intellectual property licensing and litigation.

Before joining Cozen O'Connor with the team of IP litigators from Feldman Gale, Ashley was head of Feldman Gale’s Trademark Prosecution department, overseeing all filings with the USPTO. While in law school, Ashley worked as a law clerk at Iconix Brand Group, Inc. and clerked in the intellectual property departments of both Miami and New York based law firms. While in law school, Ashley was a clerk for the Hon. Scott J. Silverman of the 11th Judicial Circuit in Miami.


Intellectual Property Department Recognized by World Trademark Review 2021

April 15, 2021

Cozen O'Connor’s Intellectual Property Department was recognized by World Trademark Review 1000.

Super Lawyers Recognizes 21 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys in New York

September 29, 2020

Super Lawyers has named 21 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2020 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

17 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

September 27, 2019

Super Lawyers has named 17 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2019 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

18 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

September 21, 2018

Super Lawyers has named 17 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list. Twelve were recognized as Super Lawyers and five were named "Rising Stars."

Cozen O’Connor Elects 19 Associates to Membership

April 09, 2018

Cozen O’Connor has elected 19 associates to membership in the firm. The management committee appointed this qualified group of attorneys to membership based on demonstrated professionalism, leadership, dedication, and loyalty to Cozen O’Connor.

12 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named 2017 New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 19, 2017

Super Lawyers has named 12 attorneys at Cozen O’Connor to its 2017 lists of top practitioners in the New York metro area. Six were recognized as Super Lawyers and six were named “Rising Stars,” a list that recognizes attorneys under the age of 40.


The Ever Evolving Registrability of Trademarks for CBD Products [Alert]

March 25, 2021

Ashley Kessler, Julie Dostal, and Jonathan Gale discuss In re Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises, LLC and if it opens up the opportunity for CBD products to register their trademarks with the USPTO.

Controlled Substances, CBD and COVID-19 [Alert]

April 10, 2020

Ashley Kessler and Jon Gale discuss recent developments on the state and federal levels that impact the cannabis industry.

First to File, First to Amend or First to Use Hemp Products [Alert]

October 14, 2019

Ashley Kessler reviews trademark applicant process for hemp and hemp-derived CBD products and how date of “first use anywhere” and “date of first use in commerce” could impact who gets the trademark.

CBD Is Still Not Free (To Register): An Update on Trademark Registration Guidelines for Cannabis Products [Alert]

May 06, 2019

The USPTO issued an examination guide on May 2, 2019 regarding the examination of trademarks for cannabis and cannabis-related goods and services after the enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill. The Guide answers some questions about how applications are going to be reviewed going forward, and how current pending applications are going to be reviewed, but also opens up a whole host of additional questions and uncertainties.


  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, J.D., 2009
  • New York University School of Law, LL.M., 2010
  • University of Florida, B.S., cum laude, 2006

Awards & Honors

New York Metro Super Lawyers, Rising Star 2018-2020

World Trademark Review, Rising Star 2021

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court -- New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of New York

Honorable Scott J. Silverman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit