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Winston Kevin McKesson

Criminal defense Attorney at Beverly Hills, CA

5.0   8 reviews

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Profile:  Martindale-Hubbell AV rating.  Listed as one of the 15 Most Influential Black Lawyers in the United States, (Savoy magazine, August 2003).  Selected as one of nine attorneys nationwide for Forbes On-Air Magazine's.  "A Special Tribute to America's Best Lawyers," and as one of the Top Black Lawyers in LA by LA Focus 2007.

Licensed for 40 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1982
Updated 09/10/2022

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Winston K. McKesson
315 South Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA, 90212

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Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Mansaulter
Back in 2006 I was charged for, first degree murder, second degree murder, and voluntary manslaughter. Winston Mckesson was my attorney on this case. In 2009 my trial was in action. I had a 5 months trial do to these charges. When the jury went in for deliberations of 5 days. They came back with a hung jury. It took 2 weeks for the DA to refile on my case. This time the DA brought up first degree murder and second degree murder. 3 years later in February 2012 trial was on the way. A 5 month trial again. Winston Mckesson, shown the lies of the cops, DNA evidence showed that I was stabbed and that I took a life in self defense. But the DA was able to bring back mansaulter. So, yes I did have to serve time. Winston Mckesson, closing arguments was outstanding. I truly feel that Winston Mckesson did a great job. If not the system po c the DA would have given me life. Winston Mckesson, was also able to take a capital case off the table. One thing we all must know, the DA ane cops, plus the DA's will do anything to get a conviction. But Winston Mckesson, was able to prove lies and inconsistencies to the jury. I recommend Winston Mckesson, too those who are facing the same situation. Thank you all for reading this post.
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Posted by Robert | May 11, 2018
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Amazing Criminal Lawyer
Mr Kevin Mckesson comes highly recommended. You think that the law is here to protect and serve you until you have a run in with the police, then the whole "innocent until proven guilty" is thrown out of the window. Once you feel the cold cuffs around your wrist , you kind of just feel hopeless. It's not like they tell you how long you're going in for. It was my first run in with the law and my good buddy called Kevin. Kevin went to work right away reducing my bail amount, and getting me out of jail. He got my case dismissed without having to go to trial. I highly recommend Kevin, thank you for your help.
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Posted by Daniel Star | September 17, 2013
most formidable, hardest working criminal lawyer in Los Angeles
Winston K. McKesson represented me, I was charged with a felony facing jail time and deportation. My case seemed like a complicated mess but as soon as Kevin came on board I felt at ease. Whenever I had a question he was never too busy to take my call or answer an email. Mr. McKesson is one of the most formidable, hardest working criminal lawyer in Los Angeles. His experience in every type of criminal law – from Capital Murder to misdemeanors – makes him one of the most respected attorneys that the State of California has to offer. I highly recommend Kevin to anyone who needs the sound advice and the determination of a criminal lawyer who wants to win.
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Posted by Mr. James | August 11, 2011
Trust with my life!
I trust this man with my life! He is not God but more like Johnny Cochran, "Jr.". Beat both my criminal cases in trial and it seemed miraculous at the time. The first time, Ex- felon gun possession ended with a unanimous, "Not Guilty" verdict. But most recently Just beat a, "Life sentence" with no option at a deal in a case where I clearly and admittingly shot a man three times however, regretfully.- Self- defense, in a serious situation where the man didn't have a gun nor was i hurt but, this man Mr. Mckesson laid down the United States Constitution with expertise. - Unanimous "Not Guilty" as well. Maybe you have to know this man or see his work to trust him, but after the first time all I could say to him this recent and last go around is, "I trust you", and let him do "His" job. - Blessings
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Posted by Yolanda | August 11, 2011
"Winston Kevin McKesson Literally Saved My Brothers' Life!"
My brother had a very difficult and complicated case that involved him having two trials back to back within a few days of each other. The charges were very serious, in fact my brother was facing 25 years to life in prison if convicted. This case was a criminal/murder/mental insanity case all bottled into one. Mr. McKesson did not sugar coat what we were facing in this case. Although my brother was very much INsane at the time of the crime, getting a jury to believe and understand it was a dauting task especially with so many criminals using mental illness as a defense these days which has created skepticism among many in society, and rightfully so, but Mr. Kesson was honest with us, and he walked us through this case every step of the way. He never suggested that we lie about the facts, and he always took the time to answer our phone calls and to explain to us what was going on. My brother in his first trial, as predicted got the 25 years to life, but in the that second trial he was found not guilty by reason of insanity which means he is to seek therapy and counseling for his illness, but he will not have a criminal record at all, and he was found innocent of all charges. McKesson was able to prove that although this crime that was committed was awful and very sad for the family and the community involved, my brother was still insane at the time that the crime happened, and our family have Mr. McKesson to thank for being able to prove that the man who committed that crime before receiving mental help is not the same man today. He was able to show the jury and everyone in that court room what kind of man my brother was before becoming mentally ill. He was able to show my brother as a successful man who had a career even at the young age of 22 years old in the medical field where he had no prior criminal record. He even had my brother to testify on the stand in his own defense which many lawyers do not like to do, but McKesson prepared him for this task, and my brother was told to be honest and to simply tell his story, and he did. The jury was able to make their decision based on the evidence that McKesson had presented which was thorough and comprehensive, so my advice to anyone seeking a lawyer to handle a life or death situation, and anything in between, is to simply let you know that Winston Kevin McKesson is your man.
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Posted by jonathan | September 10, 2010
good outcome
Mr mckesson gave me great and stellar defense, insured me that what he could do he would and he delivered efficiently. All court officers from the judge to the prosecuter seemed to respect and aknowledge his experience. he dealt well with what needed to be dealt with and the outcome of the case against me was a dissmisal of charge. I witnessed a very sharp, well spoken and knowledgable defense lawyer who cross examined at pretrial the state witnesses and quickly discredited them insomuch that the case was dismissed and I was exonerated of charge I recommend him he was professional,responsive and knowledgable.
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Posted by JJerome | March 8, 2010
Criminal Defense
Mr. McKesson is an excellent criminal defense attorney. He helped me with an unfortunate situation and he bent over backwards to minimize the outcome. I was wrong for the choices I made and must pay for my mistakes; however, I am glad I had Attorney McKesson defending me as I saw him do everything in his power to ensure I understood what was about to happen, what I could expect at each court session, and potentially how much time I might do as a result of getting myself into this mess. He even got the judge to allow me to attend college out of state. He's been an excellent role model and a man I can look up to as I encounter what life holds for me. You know being a young man sometimes we make faulty decisions, like I did, but I sure am glad God sent me an "angel" like Mr. McKesson to represent.
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Posted by Robin Wayne Herndon | February 25, 2010
A blessing
Mr Mckesson truly is the number 1 attorney in the book. its because of him and only because of him that justice was served in my case, i highly recommend him he help me my wife and my children stay together and again its only because of him that this review is possible.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Education

  • University of California School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979

Associations

  • California Attorney for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A
  • John M. Langston Bar Association of Los Angeles
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Criminal Courts Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Trial Lawyer of the year
  • Criminal Courts Bar Association
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Jerry Giesler Memorial Award
  • Criminal Courts Bar Association Los Angeles
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2005
  • Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2004
  • Criminal Defense Attorney of The Year
  • Century City Bar Association
  • 2000
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Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. McKesson is an excellent advocate for his clients. He has a stellar reputation and he is extremely professional. I have had the privilege of seeing him work firsthand, and he is truly masterful in the courtroom. Without hesitation, I endorse Mr. McKesson."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. A dedicated advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I sat next to Kevin for three months during a bitterly-fought, politically-charged jury trial. Kevin was a hard worker, a tireless fighter for his client and an able advocate -- not to mention, a good colleague. I'd try another case with him any day."
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Beverly Hills Criminal defense Lawyer Winston Kevin McKesson
Winston Kevin McKesson
Criminal defense Attorney
Beverly Hills, CA
Licensed for 40 years