Senior Counsel

Jesse Gessin


PRACTICE AREAS
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Appellate Litigation
EXPERIENCE

Jesse Gessin is a star trial lawyer. He has tried 25 federal jury trials to verdict as lead or co-lead counsel, teaches trial advocacy at UCI Irvine School of Law, and has lectured on trial strategy and techniques throughout the United States.

As a deputy federal public defender, Jesse won an astonishing fourteen of those jury trials through acquittal, dismissal, hung jury or reversal on appeal.

Jesse’s appellate expertise is almost as impressive. He has drafted and argued over fifteen cases to the Court of Appeals, with impressive results.  Two of his victories resulted in opinions that have been heavily cited by other courts.

Mr. Gessin focuses on trials of all types. Before joining Keller/Anderle, he was an attorney in two different federal public defender offices, most recently in the Central District of California.  Before that he practiced civil litigation, was an extern for the United States Department of Justice Criminal Division, and during college served an internship in The White House Scheduling and Advance Office.

Jesse is a Lecturer at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, where he designed the course “Criminal Trial Advocacy: Prosecution and Defense Perspectives.”

In his spare time, Jesse is an accomplished and enthusiastic surfer.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
  • Lead counsel in successful defense of engineering company in trade secrets lawsuit filed by publicly traded semiconductor company with market capitalization of over five billion dollars.  Case voluntarily dismissed on favorable terms.
  • Obtained a rare immediate release order for client serving a federal mandatory minimum life sentence based on successful post-conviction proceedings.
  • Secured jury acquittal for client charged with federal bribery.
  • Obtained reversal of conviction and total judgment of acquittal for client charged with bank fraud in federal court.
  • Defended tax preparation company owner in largest federal tax fraud scheme of its kind in United States history.
  • Obtained judgement of acquittal on all charges for pilot charged in federal court with alien smuggling.
  • Designed legal strategy to declare the government’s continued prosecution of medical cannabis businesses illegal under an appropriations law.  The legal strategy has been used by attorneys in high-profile cases and featured in the New Your Times and other national media.
  • Obtained reversal of conviction by federal court of appeals based on novel prosecutorial misconduct argument.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of all charges for client charged with federal large-scale narcotics offenses.
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
  • LawNewz.Com, Commented on indictment against Paul Manafort (October 30, 2017) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFYxp0ms57g)
  • Lecturer, Criminal Trial Advocacy, University of California, Irvine School of Law, Designed and instructed a trial advocacy course centering on advanced trial practice strategies and techniques from the greatest trial lawyers of the last 200 years. (Spring 2015-Spring 2018)
  • Lecturer, Criminal Trial Advocacy, University of California, Irvine, School of Law, Designed and instructed a trial advocacy course centering on criminal trial practice (Spring 2015-Spring 2016)
  • Federal Defenders, Middle District of Alabama, CJA Training Seminar, Presented on issues that arise in gang cases and how to handle gang members as clients (12/10/2014)
  • Senior Learning Skills Counselor, Externship Clinic, University of California, Irvine, School of Law, Created reflective essay and online forum prompts for judicial externs. Reviewed reflective essay and online forum submissions. Discussed reviews with judicial externs (Summer 2014-Summer 2015)
  • Andrea Taylor Sentencing Advocacy Workshop, Facilitated group discussion centering on sentencing advocacy theory and strategies, Long Beach, California (3/6-8/2014)
  • Andrea Taylor Sentencing Advocacy Workshop, Instructed participants from across the United States on sentencing advocacy techniques, San Francisco, California (2/14-16/2013)
  • Defender Services of Eastern District of Washington and Idaho. Thrills and Skills Workshop XVII, Presented on the government’s use of law enforcement witnesses in complex criminal trials, Spokane, Washington (11/4/2011)
  • Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Winning Strategies Criminal Defense Seminar, Lectured about recurring issues with gangs. RICO and dealing with co-defendants, San Antonio, Texas (2/10-12/2011)
  • Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Multi-Track Federal Criminal Defense Seminar, Strategies for Defending Complex Cases, Presented on the intricacies of mega-cases filed against members of street gangs under federal racketeering statutes, Miami Beach, Florida (8/12-14/2010)
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