I collided with another auto from behind while making a u-turn at an intersection, and due to a personal medical emergency did not stop at the scene. I phoned LAPD to acknowledge my involvement and provide identification after returning to my residence which was less than one mile away.
Subsequently I was charged with felony hit and run.
The second counsel that I contacted was David Kestenbaum to defend me in this matter.
Mr. Kestenbaum quoted me a reasonable fee for resolving this issue, even if necessitating a jury trial.
As circumstances developed, the claimant demanded unreasonable and exaggerated compensation for this incident.
Mr. Kestenbaum never once encouraged me to make a settlement which would diminish his time and effort to resolve the charges. In fact, he took personal umbrage at the extent of the claims made by the claimant. He negotiated at length with the judge assigned to my case and the city prosecutor.
Mr. Kestenbaum advised me to have a trial by judge as he thought it would be the best way to illuminate the amount and nature of the charges involved and put them in perspective.
I chose, do to my own scheduled obligations, to pay a fee to resolve the issue and have the charges dismissed.
Mr. Kestenbaum made the arrangements per my request, which absolved me from any further liability of any kind.
There are those in the legal profession who will take your deposit up front, bill you to death, and treat your circumstances as a methodical series of procedures which will involve the least amount of time and effort on their part. I initially engaged one of these attorneys through naÃ¯vetÃ© and ignorance.
Mr. Kestenbaum definitely is not one of these.
I will endorse and refer Mr. Kestenbaum to any one in my personal circle of family, friends, or clients who may be in need of his practice in law.