Charles “Chuck” Kester is a founding partner of Delaney Kester LLP, and the partner in charge of DK’s Los Angeles office. Mr. Kester is an experienced trial and appellate attorney, with twenty years of litigation experience in the state and federal courts of California, and other jurisdictions. Mr. Kester has tried numerous cases, including both jury trials and court trials – many of which involved multi-million dollar claims.
During the past decade, Mr. Kester has represented whistleblowers residing in California and in other regions of the country, most notably the case of United States ex rel. Westmoreland v. Amgen, Inc., et al. That litigation, which was hard-fought and lasted over six years, ultimately settled on the eve of trial, with Amgen agreeing to pay $762 million in settlement of both the Client’s claims and those of other whistleblowers. Mr. Kester helped assemble a team of experienced trial attorneys to litigate against Amgen, and was actively involved in that litigation from its inception to its resolution.
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).
Employment: Kester & Isenberg, 1997-present; founding partner and trial attorney; extensive commercial and general litigation experience in California state and federal courts, including numerous jury and court trials; arbitration proceedings before AAA and NASD. 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.