David S. Kestenbaum

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Van Nuys, CA

Kestenbaum Law Group, APC
 | 14401 Sylvan Street, Suite 100
Van Nuys, CA 91401
Phone: 818-616-4312
Fax: 323-729-3258
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1979
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (60%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

David S. Kestenbaum is the President and CEO of The Kestenbaum Law Group, A Professional Corporation as of January 1, 2014.  Prior to this, Mr.Kestenbaum was the founding partner of the criminal defense firm Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, LLP, located across from the courthouse in Van Nuys, California from 1995 through 2013. His office is still in the same building since 1995. He is AV rated and a 2014 Superlawyer.

Mr. Kestenbaum focuses his practice exclusively on criminal defense for individuals throughout the greater Los Angeles area. He has extensive experience stretching back to 1979 on both sides of the docket, having worked as a prosecutor for seven years, which provides him with a well-rounded perspective of how the prosecution approaches criminal charges. He strongly believes the defense process should begin before the prosecutor has filed charges, and he maintains strong working relationships with police and prosecutors as part of this approach.

Although he makes every attempt to resolve potential criminal charges before they are filed, Mr. Kestenbaum is also well-equipped to take cases to court if needed. His record of courtroom acquittals, including one in which the jury reached its decision after only 22 minutes, is solid, and he works diligently to find creative alternatives to the strict punishments often proposed by prosecutors.

Mr. Kestenbaum received his law degree with honors from Southwestern University School of Law in 1978, and he was listed in the prestigious Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges directory. Prior to law school, he earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from Boston University. He is licensed to practice before the state courts of California.

When not representing clients, Mr. Kestenbaum enjoys sharing his experience and insight with other attorneys through multiple professional organizations, including the Criminal Courts Bar Association, the San Fernando Valley Bar Association where he was just elected to his second term as a Trustee and serves as the Chair of the Criminal Law Section, the National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers and the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice where he was elected in a statewide election to serve on the Board of Governors.  He is fluent in English and his staff is fluent in Spanish.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (60%)

Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%)

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (20%)


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Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020

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About David Kestenbaum

Admitted: 1979, California

Professional Webpage: http://kestenbaumlawgroup.com/attorney-profile/


  • In recognition of over 30 years of providing effective Criminal Defense, Mr. Kestenbaum was recently named to 2014 Superlawyers. , Superlawyers, 2014
  • Who's Who In American Universities and Law Schools, Southwestern University School of Law, 1978
  • With Honors, Southwestern University School of Law, 1978
  • AV rated by Martindale & Hubble

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Criminal Courts Bar Association
  • Burbank Bar Association
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • California State Bar
  • California, 1979

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Last year, Mr. Kestenbaum and his associate successfully argued that the new anti-paparazzi law (Vehicle code section 40008) was unconstitutional.  This is a case of first impression and is still on appeal by the Government., Co-Author, POP GOES THE NEW LAW; Paparazzi Statute in Dispute, VALLEY LAWYER published by San Fernando Valley Bar Association, 2013
  • Editor, Law Review: Southwestern University Law Review, 1978
  • "Halting the Erosion of the Right Against Self-Incrimination", 9 S.W.U.L.R. 771, 1977

Educational Background:

  • Boston University School of Management, Boston, MA, USA, B.S.B.A., With Honors, 1975

Industry Groups

  • California Attorneys For Criminal Justice; National Association Of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • SFVBA (Elected Treasurer And Chair Of Criminal Law Section)
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Office Location for David S. Kestenbaum

14401 Sylvan Street
Suite 100
Van Nuys, CA 91401

Phone: 818-616-4312

Fax: 323-729-3258

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Last Updated: 9/19/2019

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