I first met Attorney Jesse Gessin in January, 2013. At the time, I was under investigation by two federal law enforcement agencies: the FBI and the CFTC. As an online trader of stock options and commodities futures, I had established a client base of more than 30 individuals and companies, throughout the United States. These clients placed more than $500,000 into my personal trading accounts. Since I had incurred losses, and was an unlicensed trader, some of my clients filed complaints with the aforementioned agencies.
During the investigative process, one of the FBI agents gave me contact information for the Federal Public Defenders office, in Santa Ana, California, suggesting that I contact that office immediately. The agent explained that my potential case was extremely complex, and I should retain legal counsel that was very familiar with the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.
After I contacted the office in Santa Ana, Mr. Gessin returned my call, conducted a telephone interview, and then petitioned the Court to appoint him as my attorney.
The Court granted the request, and Mr. Gessin proceeded to provide the highest quality of legal representation that I had ever received.
1. Mr. Gessin arranged meetings with law enforcement and prosecutors at his offices, rather than in my living room in front of my wife and grandchildren.
2. Once he determined there was probable cause for federal charges, Mr. Gessin advised me to permit him to negotiate a Plea Agreement that would allow me to be charged through an "Information," instead of an "Indictment."
3. Mr. Gessin arranged an appointment for my formal arrest and arraignment, which avoided the public humiliation of an arrest at my home in Phoenix, Arizona. At the arraignment, Mr. Gessin requested and received my Pre-Trial release on an unsecured bond.
4. Mr. Gessin arranged for all subsequent Court appearances to be scheduled in a timeframe that was mutually convenient for all parties.
5. Mr. Gessin exhibited tremendous knowledge of Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which projected a sentencing range up to 78 months in my case. He subsequently prepared a written recommendation of 0 to 12 months, supported by documentation that could justify a departure below the sentencing guidelines.
6. Prior to sentencing, Mr. Gessin obtained a postponement to allow me to undergo and recover from a 5-Bypass Open Heart Surgery.
7. At the Sentencing Hearing, in July, 2014, Mr. Gessin was eloquent in his arguments before the Judge. I was pleased to observe the high degree of respect shown to Mr. Gessin by the Judge, as well as the Assistant U.S. Attorney. His performance in Court confirmed the two most important attributes that a client wishes to see in an attorney: empathy and knowledge of the law.
8. The Judge sentenced me to an active term of 24 months, which was far below the guidelines. I was pleased with the sentence, and especially grateful when Mr. Gessin was granted his request for me to "self-surrender" in 90 days to a minimum security camp.
9. Even after I was incarcerated, Mr. Gessin continued to be available for my telephone calls and email communication. He helped me obtain a supervision district change from the Central District of California to the District of Arizona. That district change enabled me to be released to a halfway house in Phoenix, after serving 14 months at the prison camp in Tucson.
In conclusion, Jesse Gessin is a GREAT attorney. I highly recommend him to any individual facing a white collar criminal charge. He thoroughly understands the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, he is highly respected by the courts, the prosecutors and law enforcement, and he has an eloquent presence in a live courtroom. I will always be grateful for the representation he provided to me.