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Horvitz & Levy is a solutions-based firm focused on appellate success. We are distinguished by our commitment to responsive service and on-going innovation in the areas of civil appellate litigation, amicus curiae support, and trial strategy consultation.

Our firm history, honors and awards, and locations speak to our collaborative approach and commitment to serving clients as well as the outstanding legal resources we bring to bear.

Mark A. Kressel

Mark A. Kressel

Partner - Los Angeles Office

How Mark Helps Clients

Mark Kressel helps clients by first understanding their business needs and goals and how litigation can play a part in solving their problems, whether by winning on appeal, developing a multi-forum litigation or settlement strategy, or identifying vehicles to change the legal landscape. Major studios and government entities rely on Mark Kressel for his extensive multi-forum strategy and appellate advocacy capabilities. He has handled appellate matters in a wide range of areas, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the anti-SLAPP statute, the First Amendment, punitive damages, elder abuse, wrongful death and catastrophic injury, general business litigation, premises liability, and patent infringement litigation.

Mark joined the firm as an associate and was invited to join the partnership in 2018. Before joining the firm, Mark was a litigation associate with Irell & Manella LLP. In addition to his bar admissions, he has practiced before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

In 2021-2022, Mark was the Chair of the ABA’s Council of Appellate Lawyers. In 2021-2022, he was Vice President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and in 2013-2014 he was the President of the Barristers Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He was formerly co-director of the Pepperdine Caruso School of Law's Ninth Circuit Appellate Advocacy Clinic from 2016 to 2022, and is active in diversity and inclusion organizations including the LGBTQ+ Bar Association of Los Angeles and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

Prior to law school, Mark worked as a Broadway musician.

Representative Matters

Boermeester v. Carry (2023)
California Supreme Court holds that universities disciplining students for sexual assault or intimate partner violence do not need to provide the accused student with an opportunity for real-time cross-examination of witnesses

Colonial Van & Storage v. Superior Court (2022)
California Court of Appeal grants Horvitz & Levy’s writ petition, holding that employer had no duty to protect its employee and her invitees from mass shooting inside the employee’s home

Oroville Hospital v. The Superior Court of Butte County (2022)
California Court of Appeal grants writ petition and orders judgment for the defense in elder abuse lawsuit

Flores v. Liu (2021)
Secured an affirmance of a jury verdict, despite a finding of instructional error in the jury instructions, in a professional negligence action against a surgeon

Riley v. Kernan (2020)
Ninth Circuit reinstates prisoner’s civil rights lawsuit on religious liberty grounds

Bennett v. Rancho California Water District (2019)
Successfully won client a new trial after a jury found the public entity liable for over $800,000 for alleged employee whistleblower retaliation claimed by a plaintiff who took over a procurement contract from another vendor and then claimed he was actually a misclassified employee

Taulbee v. EJ Distribution Corp. et al. (2019)
Successfully defended a jury’s finding that our client’s truck driver was not negligent when he parked inside the freeway’s “gore point,” avoiding millions of dollars in exposure for the plaintiff’s debilitating injuries

Olivia de Havilland v. FX Networks, et al. (2018)
Successfully represented the Motion Picture Association of America and Netflix, Inc. in the California Court of Appeal in an industry-critical appeal threatening the future of docudramas and other fictionalized motion pictures about or inspired by real people or events

Ortiz v. WMC-A, Inc. (2017)
Represented a hospital in the California Court of Appeal under the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act, and successfully defended a complete defense judgment from a multi-million dollar claim

Trinity River Lumber Co. v. Weaverville Community Services District (2016)
Successfully defended judgment for Weaverville Community Services District in the California Court of Appeal against a $35 million property damages claim arising from a mill fire, prevailing under Government Tort Claims Act

Donaho v. County of Yuba, et al. (2015)
Successfully defended judgment in the California Court of Appeal in favor of consortium of public transportation providers, cities, and counties, under Government Tort Claims Act, against claims of dangerous condition of public property stemming from catastrophic personal injury at a bus stop

Hoang v. (2015)
Represented actress in the Ninth Circuit in suit against for publishing her age without her consent in violation of web site terms of service and privacy agreement

Raef v. Superior Court (2015)
Represented celebrity photographer in California Supreme Court and Court of Appeal in first ever criminal prosecution under California’s new anti-paparazzi driving statute, raising First Amendment defense

Santos M. v. Superior Court (2015)
Won petition for writ of mandamus in favor of juvenile immigrant entitled to relief from deportation proceedings under Special Immigrant Juvenile Status program. Represented petition pro bono in California Court of Appeal, in coordination with Immigrant Defenders Law Center


  • Yale Law School
    J.D., 2007
  • Yale University
    B.A., cum laude, 1996


  • Hon. Jay S. Bybee, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (2007-2008)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

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