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David Stephen Kestenbaum

David Stephen Kestenbaum

President, Kestenbaum Law Group, A Professional Corp.
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, White Collar Crime
  • California
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David S. Kestenbaum has been practicing criminal law exclusively since 1979. He is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed as a Super Lawyer every year. 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 keep

Southwestern University School of Law
J.D. (1978) | Criminal Law
Honors: Dean's List; Graduated with Honors; Law Review; Student Council
Activities: Published Law Review article, "People v Disbrow, Halting the Erosion of the Right Against Self Incrimination"
Boston University
B.S. (1975) | Marketing; Business Management
Honors: Deans List; Graduated Cum Laude (with honors)
Activities: Student Judicial Council; WTBU disc jockey; Music reporter for school paper
Professional Experience
Kestenbaum Law Group, A Professional Corportation
- Current
Mr. Kestenbaum is President and CEO of Kestenbaum Law Group, A Professional Corporation dedicated to defending citizens who are being investigated or arrested by local, state or Federal agencies.
Founding Partner
Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP
Mr. Kestenbaum founded this criminal defense firm by first bringing in Alan Eisner and then Dmitry Gorin. The firm handled all types of criminal matters, both state and Federal. Mr. Kestenbaum left the firm in 2014 to once again start a new law firm dedicated to providing the best customer service and legal defense people have come to expect from him.
Sole Practitioner
Law Offices of David S. Kestenbaum
After prosecuting in Van Nuys for 8 years, Mr. Kestenbaum left to form his own firm to once again help those accused of crimes; as he had done prior to becoming a prosecutor.
Deputy City Attorney
Los Angeles City Attorney's Office
David was recruited by the City Attorney's office to come in as Level 2 prosecutor due to his 6 years of experience trying criminal cases. Mr. Kestenbaum handled hundreds of cases and trials as a Deputy City Attorney, rising to a top "Level 3" Prosecutor. When a friend was appointed to the Bench, Mr. Kestenbaum left to take over a thriving criminal defense firm and has never looked back. During the time he was a prosecutor, David made many useful connections that inure to his clients' benefit in negotiations.
Mangaing Partner
Lovett, Obrenski & Kestenbaum
Mr. Kestenbaum headed the Criminal Defense team at this full service law firm located in Century City. While handling the criminal cases, Mr. Kestenbaum also took over any litigation in civil matters.
Sole Practitioner
Law Offices of David S. Kestenbaum
David opened up his own firm straight out of law school representing people charged with crimes. Having been a Certified Law Clerk for the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office, David had already appeared in court and had an appellate case published! During this first stint on his own, David was retained to represent over 100 Nude Sunbathers in Malibu and found himself in the middle of a media storm! During that summer, Mr. Kestenbaum tried over 50 jury trials winning all but the first few. He successfully made a Motion to Dismiss the remaining 50 cases because his clients wouldn't waive time and he was able to file a Right to Speedy Trial Motion!
Certified Law Clerk
Santa Monica City Attorney's Office
As a Certified Law Clerk, i was able to appear in Court under the supervision of a Deputy City Attorney. I was allowed to argue Motions and also had an appellate decision published!
Teaching Assistant
Southwestern University School of Law
Teaching assistant for Criminal Law Professor Barth Goldberg for 2 years. I was responsible for updating case law notebook; reviewing teaching assignments and fine tuning curriculum.
Law Clerk
Santa Monica City Attorney's Office
As a law clerk i was allowed to sit in on witness interviews, review police reports, prepare files for court and write a column in the office's newspaper.
Professional Associations
- Current
Activities: ProVisors is a networking group of executives and other professionals. Mr. Kestenbaum has been a member of 2 groups as well as 5 "Affinity" groups that deal with specific issues such as the new Recreational Marijuana laws. He is considered a "Trusted Advisor" meaning that people call him for help in any area; not just criminal defense. If the issue is not in his wheelhouse, David will know who to refer it to.
Califonia Attorneys For Criminal Justice
- Current
Activities: As a member of this criminal defense organization, Mr. Kestenbaum has made many contacts throughout the state that have helped him with cases outside of Los Angeles. He has attended MCLE programs every year in order to maintain his mastery of Criminal Defense.
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
- Current
Activities: This is a National group of criminal defense attorneys. Mr. Kestenbaum has contacts throughout the United States as a result of his involvement in this wonderful organization.
San Fernando Valley Bar Association
Chair of Criminal Law Section
Activities: As Chair of the Criminal Law Section, Mr. Kestenbaum is responsible for arranging for MCLE seminars for the members. Due to his many years in the area and his relationships with many service providers, David has been able to offer these MCLE classes FREE as he gets them sponsored!
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ)
Board of Governors
Activities: Mr. Kestenbaum has twice been elected to 3 year terms on the Board of Governors of the largest state Criminal Defense Bar Association in the country. In that role, Mr. Kestenbaum has worked with the legislative committee on proposing and opposing legislation dealing with criminal issues. He has also published a column, "Kestenbaum's Korner" in The Forum, CACJ's magazine. David has also been very active in bringing in new lawyers to enjoy the benefits of the largest criminal defense firm in California.
San Fernando Valley Bar Association
Activities: After 5 years as an elected Trustee, Mr. Kestenbaum was elected as a member of the Executive Board as Treasurer. His duties included Budgeting and analysis of financial reports.
San Fernando Valley Bar Association
Activities: David was elected twice to the Board of Trustees of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association. Mr. Kestenbaum was the only Criminal Defense attorney elected to the primarily civil attorneys bar association. His duties included helping the SFVBA make itself more prominent in the area as well as dealing with our relations with other bar associations.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
9th Circuit
  • Free Consultation
    Free initial consultation at my Van Nuys office
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Accept all credit cards
Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • White Collar Crime
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • German: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
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Kestenbaum Law Group
Contact & Map
Van Nuys Office across from Van Nuys Courthouse
14401 Sylvan Street
Ste 100
Van Nuys, CA 91401
Telephone: (818) 616-4312