Roy Kessel was born in Israel, to South African parents. His parents left South Africa because they were anti-apartheid and did not want to raise children in that environment.

At the age of 3, Roy’s parents relocated to Madison, Wisconsin so that his father could continue his studies towards obtaining his PHD in Agricultural Genetics.

Roy’s sister Sharon was born during that time and was unfortunately diagnosed with developmental disabilities. Though their parents were told by a top neurologist that Sharon would “never walk, never talk and never be toilet trained,” today, Sharon has accomplished all three, and MUCH MUCH more.

Roy was primarily raised in Madison, Wisconsin with a two year stint in Rehovot, Israel, as well as many trips back and forth to South Africa, to visit his Grandparents and other relatives.

After high school at Madison West, Roy attended the University of Wisconsin, where he majored in Finance and Marketing.

He attended law school at the Northwestern University School of Law where he was a Note and Comment Editor for the Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business.

Roy has lived in the Chicago area since 1988. He practiced law in small firms for 7 years before starting his own practice and also launching a sports management company named SportsLoop.

Roy has two children who are currently in high school and he has indoctrinated them from an early age to be avid sports fans, especially for the Badgers, Packers and Blackhawks.