Long Beach criminal attorney Matthew G. Kaestner brings over 30 years of experience to the aggressive defense of every client he represents. Mr. Kaestner graduated law school in 1985 with 'High Honors' in trial practice. Mr. Kaestner's first attempt at the bar exam was successful. Only 33% of those taking the test passed the bar exam during the summer of 1985. Mr. Kaestner then obtained a position with the Los Angeles District Attorney. After three years as a prosecutor, Mr. Kaestner began his career as a criminal defense attorney.

In the last 30 years, Mr. Kaestner has developed expert skills as a trial lawyer while specializing in all aspects of criminal law. He has defended thousands of clients. Their cases have included hundreds of 'strike' cases, multi-kilo drug seizures, wiretaps, search warrants, white collar crime, and special circumstance murder.

Since just 2012, Attorney Kaestner has trial victories for charges of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy, gang allegations and child abuse. In two murder trials he has saved clients charged from life sentences when they were convicted of manslaughter only. He has achieved pre-trial dismissals in cases charging resisting arrest, drunk in public, prostitution, hit and run, indecent exposure, drug possession and many others. In 2019 alone, Mr. Kaestner prevailed on motions to suppress evidence resulting in the dismissal of two separate felony cases.

Long Beach criminal attorney Kaestner was recently recognized by the National Registry of Exonerations for his work over three years to exonerate Juan Herrera from a wrongful murder conviction in Long Beach. (Read more.)

In April of 2013, Mr. Kaestner was a featured seminar lecturer speaking to other criminal lawyers of the ICDA division of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Mr. Kaestner spoke on wiretaps in California.

After 15 years of criminal law experience, Long Beach attorney Kaestner obtained certification as a criminal law specialist in 1999. As of April, 2020, only 341 of the over 250,000 California lawyers are certified criminal law specialists. Mr. Kaestner believes that no criminal law case is too large or too small to receive aggressive, intelligent and complete defense.

Since May of 2020, attorney Kaestner was again included as one of the “Three Best Rated” criminal defense attorneys in Long Beach by “Three Best Rated” an independent rating agency. Attorney Kaestner did not apply and does not pay for inclusion by this rating service. This rating agency, it is not a pay per play system and is driven by an independent evaluation of ratings throughout the internet.


  • Over 30 years of experience handling criminal law cases
  • Certified Specialist, Criminal Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization (since 1999)
  • Member, State Bar of California (admitted January 1986)
  • For additional information contact Long Beach Criminal Law Specialist Matthew Kaestner directly at (562) 437-0200