Jesse Gessin

  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Appellate Litigation

Jesse Gessin is an outstanding 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. After joining KA, Jesse made a seamless transition to commercial litigation, immediately becoming an integral member of the trial team that won a rare defense class action jury verdict in downtown Los Angeles for KA’s client MassMutual Life Insurance Co. In October 2018 Jesse was lead counsel on a complex elder abuse case representing a 93-year-old client; after a five week jury trial Jesse won a rare multi-million dollar constructive fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and legal malpractice verdict against the man’s lawyers. He is currently prosecuting a blockbuster qui tam case involving fraudulent billing by health care facilities, and a real estate brokerage case alleging breach of fiduciary duty by departing brokers.

Jesse’s appellate expertise is almost as impressive as his skill in trial. He has drafted fifteen briefs and argued the underlying cases in the Court of Appeals, with excellent 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.

  • Associate Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (by invitation only, limited to top ½ of 1 percent of lawyers nationally)
  • 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.
  • Lead counsel in constructive fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and legal malpractice jury trial that resulted in multi-million dollar verdict.
  • Represented mutual insurance company in successful defense of a class action jury trial
  • 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 judgment of acquittal in federal court for client charged with bank fraud.
  • 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 since 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.
  • 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)
  • 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)