Hal “Corky” Hessler


Hal “Corky” Kessler

Partner | 312.628.7186 | ckessler@lgcounsel.com

Corky is an entertainment lawyer with over thirty years of experience and has been the attorney and/or executive producer on over twenty-five films with more in the works. Corky has experience in Corporate work and Business work in various fields. Additionally, he has set up numerous film funds and has been a featured speaker at Sundance, Cannes, and Toronto, among other Film Festivals. Corky is an advocate for improved legislation regarding film investment and job growth as a result of filming.

In addition to his work in film, Corky was a criminal prosecutor for the D.A.’s office in Chicago before finding his true calling in entertainment. He taught entertainment law as an adjunct professor at Northwestern Law School, John Marshall Law School and Beijing Film Academy. Corky also taught a similar entertainment course at Columbia College Chicago’s film department.

Additionally, Corky has written articles for Screen Magazine, along with other film and entertainment periodicals. Corky has authored a reference book covering federal and state tax incentives as they apply to the entertainment industry. Furthermore, he has worked with various Governors and United States Congressmen in several states to implement new laws and federal tax incentives for investment in qualifying film and television projects. Corky’s efforts led to the enactment of multiple federal tax incentives as part of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, its 2008 extension and amendment. Additionally Corky’s efforts played a part in the extension of Section 181 until the end of 2025, Section 199A and Section 168K.

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Practice Areas

‣ Entertainment Law

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