David S. Kestenbaum
David S. Kestenbaum has been practicing criminal law exclusively since 1979. He is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed as a 2014 Superlawyer. He has also been named as a “Preeminent Criminal Defense Attorney by LexisNexis. Mr. Kestenbaum Was recently elected to serve a second term as a Trustee of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association where he has been the Chair of the Criminal Law Section since 2011. Additionally, he was elected to the Board of Governors of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ), a statewide Association of attorneys whose goal it is to make sure that Criminal Defense attorneys across the state are able to present the most up to date defenses with access to Motions and Briefs that have proved effective in California Courts. David is also a proud member of ProVisors, a nationwide group of high level attorneys and CEOs where he is considered a trusted advisor and a “go to person”.
David was a prosecutor in Van Nuys from 1985 through 1992. Prior to and after his stint as a prosecutor, Mr. Kestenbaum defended citizens charged with crimes. He has had offices in Westwood, Century City and now in Van Nuys, directly across from the Van Nuys Courthouse, the District Attorneys office as well as the City Attorneys office. This prime location has allowed him to act quickly and aggressively in presenting his client’s case to the police or prosecutors prior to charges being filed. When this doesn’t work, Mr. Kestenbaum is always ready to try the case to a jury. At this writing, he has won acquittals in his last seven jury trials, including a 22 minute “Not Guilty” in his latest trial.
Over the last thirty years, Mr. Kestenbaum has handled many high profile cases, both as a defense attorney and as a prosecutor. He has appeared on numerous Television interviews as well as radio interviews and newspaper articles. Several of his cases have garnered national news, although, as a rule, Mr. Kestenbaum works very hard at keeping his client’s names OUT of the news.
During his time as a Prosecutor, David learned how to evaluate the Prosecution’s case; both the strengths and weaknesses. This experience has allowed him to aggressively defend his client’s before they go to court, rather than starting work on the first court date. Valuable time can be lost while the prosecutor is deciding whether to file a case; reject it outright, or refer a felony for misdemeanor prosecution. Having a working relationship with the police can also be an advantage for Mr. Kestenbaum’s clients. During his tenure as a prosecutor, he made many long lasting professional relationships with the police, which often can shift a case from being filed to a city attorney hearing based on David’s past credibility with those who investigate the case.
From the moment you meet with Mr. Kestenbaum, he begins developing his “recipe for success.” Each case and client is different, yet there are time proven strategies that, if followed by the client, will help the successful defense of the case. In many instances, Mr. Kestenbaum has been able to come up with alternatives to the harsh punishment often sought by the Prosecutors. His ability to “humanize” his clients together with his refusal to take “No” for an answer often results in favorable outcomes for his clients. He is often heard telling a D.A. who says, “I can’t do that” that “Yes you can, you just WON’T!” David’s dedication to defending people accused of crimes together with his recipe for success have resulted in favorable results as can be seen in other locations of this website.
Each case presents individual facts which must be tailored in such a way as to benefit the client. We work on changing the client (he never calls them Defendants) image in the eyes of the Prosecution; as well as highlighting the factual weaknesses present in every case. Mr. Kestenbaum’s resources include a Private Investigator on site, to immediately begin the investigation often before the police do; therapists in a wide range of sub-specialties that apply to criminal cases; psychologists and psychiatrists and other specialists to assist in your defense.
At Kestenbaum Law Group you will meet with an actual attorney, not an office manager or paralegal. As you can see by our testimonials and past cases, our personal and result oriented approach is successful and we maintain a large number of clients referred by other satisfied clients. Just because you have been arrested, it is not the end of the world. Kestenbaum Law Group is here to defend you and help you get your life back under control.
Areas of Practice:
100% Criminal Defense
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
State of California, 1979
Juris Doctorate, Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California, 1978
Honors: With Honors
Honors: Who’s Who In American Universities and Law Schools
Law Review: Southwestern University Law Review, Editor, 1978
Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of the Arts, Boston University School of Management, Boston, MA, USA, 1975
Honors: With Honors
“Halting the Erosion of the Right Against Self-Incrimination”, 9 S.W.U.L.R. 771, 1977
Professional Associations and Memberships:
California State Bar
National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
San Fernando Valley Bar Association
Burbank Bar Association
Criminal Courts Bar Association
Languages: Staff is fluent in Spanish