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David S. Kestenbaum

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Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 45%
  2. DUI & DWI: 35%
  3. Consumer Protection: 5%
  4. Federal Crime: 5%
  5. Other: 10%
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  • Benjamin Soffer

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Kestenbaum has a well-earned reputation as a top-notch criminal defense attorney. He is highly respected in the legal community in Los Angeles.


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  • Adam Jackson

    One if the most highly respected in the Ventura area. I endorse this lawyer.


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Contact info

Kestenbaum Law Group, APC

14401 Sylvan Street
Suite 100
Van Nuys, CA, 91401-2660


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyersThomson Reuters2015
Super LawyerThomson Reuters2014
Pre-Eminent U.S. Law Firm (Top 5%)Martindale-Hubbell2010
Pre-Eminent Top 5% US Law FirmMartindale-Hubbell2009
Pre-Eminent Top 5% US Law FirmMartindale-Hubbell2008
Pre-Eminent Top 5% US Law FirmMartindale-Hubbell2007
Pre-Eminent Top 5% US Law FirmMartindale-Hubbell2006
Pre-Eminent Top 5% US Law FirmMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV Preeminent (Top 5% Crminal Lawyers)Martindale-Hubbell1999
A.V. (Highest U.S. Rating) Criminal Defense LawyerMartindale-Hubbell1998
A.V. (Highest U.S. Rating) Criminal Defense LawyerMartindale-Hubbell1997
A.V. (Highest U.S. Rating) Criminal Defense LawyerMartindale-Hubbell1996
A.V. (Highest U.S. Rating) Criminal Defense LawyerMartindale-Hubbell1995
AV (Highest Rating) Criminal Defense LawyerMartindale & Hubbell1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentKestenbaum Law Group, APC2014 - Present
Senior Managing PartnerKestenbaum Eisner Gorin LLP1992 - 2013
Senior Prosecuting Trial AttorneyLos Angeles Office of the City Attorney1985 - 1992
Managing PartnerLovett, Obrenski & Kestenbaum1982 - 1985
OwnerLaw Offices of David S. Kestenbaum1979 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeBoard of Governors2012 - Present
San Fernando Valley Bar AssociationBoard of Trustees2012 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Burbank Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Criminal Courts Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. C.N.Felony case dismissed at Preliminary Hearing
People v. J.H.Felony dismissed at Preliminary Hearing
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Publication nameTitleDate
Valley Lawyer magazine (SFVBA)Prescription for Conviction: The Epidemic of Drug-Related DUIs2014
Southwestern Law JournalHalting the Erosion of the Right Against Self-Incrimination1977
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor with Honors1978
Boston UniversityBusiness Administration MarketingB.S.B.A. with Honors1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
XM Radio: Legal ExpertCriminal Defense Cases involving High-Profile Defendants2009
Los Angeles Daily Journal: Investigation of Church Sex AbuseUsing Convicted Priest Baker in Grand Jury Investigation of Cardinal Mahony2009
Pepperdine School of LawCriminal Defense Strategies2008
Pepperdine School of LawPre-Trial Settlement, Motion Work, and Litigation in Criminal Cases2007
Chinese - U.S. Law Delegation and ConferenceCriminal Law and Jury Trials in the United States2006