Charles F. Kester
Chuck Kester is a founding partner of Kester & Isenberg, and the partner-in-charge of K&I’s False Claims Act practice. Mr. Kester is an experienced trial and appellate attorney, with 25 years of litigation experience in the federal and state courts of California, and other jurisdictions. Mr. Kester has tried numerous cases, including jury trials, court trials, and arbitrations – and he has represented clients in federal and state appellate courts.
For more than a decade, Mr. Kester has represented whistleblowers residing in California and in other parts of the country, most notably in the case of United States, et al., ex rel. Westmoreland v. Amgen Inc., et al. That litigation, which was hard-fought and lasted more than half a decade, ultimately settled on the eve of trial, with Amgen agreeing to pay $762 million in settlement of the civil whistleblower claims and criminal charges that were brought against the company. Mr. Kester helped assemble a team of experienced trial attorneys to litigate against Amgen, and he was actively involved in that litigation from its inception to its resolution. (Please see more detailed summary of the Amgen case on the Legal Wins webpage.)
Bar Admissions: Admitted to California bar, 1992; admitted to practice before all California state courts, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.
Education: University of Virginia (B.A., 1987; degree conferred “with Distinction”; Phi Beta Kappa); University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1991); Virginia Law Review (Executive Editor, 1990-1991; Member, 1989-1991).
Experience: Kester & Isenberg, 1997-present; founding partner and partner-in-charge of K&I’s False Claims Act practice. Delaney Kester LLP, 2012-2017; founding partner of boutique False Claims Act law firm. Served as AAA Arbitrator, 2006. Appointed Special Master by the U.S. District Court (C.D. Cal.), 1999. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, 1992-1997; litigation associate. Law Clerk to the Hon. Stephen V. Wilson, U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court (C.D. Cal.), 1991-1992.
Lawrence M. Isenberg
Larry Isenberg is a founding partner of Kester & Isenberg. Mr. Isenberg is an experienced trial attorney who has practiced law for 30 years, principally in the federal and state courts of California. Mr. Isenberg also was actively involved in the successful Amgen case. (Please see Legal Wins webpage.)
Bar Admissions: Admitted to California bar, 1988; admitted to practice before all California state courts and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Education: State University of New York at Potsdam (B.A., 1980); Southwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1988); Southwestern Law Review (Senior Editor, 1987-1988; Member, 1986-1988).
Experience: Kester & Isenberg, 1997-present; founding partner. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, 1988-1997; litigation associate.