Mark S. Lester, Managing Partner
Mark Lester is recognized as one of the premier professional liability and general civil trial lawyers in Southern California. With over 20 years of big law firm experience before starting Lester & Cantrell, he has handled cases for clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to local small business and professional service firms.
He is AV-Preeminent rated and an experienced trial lawyer with membership in American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He is also one of the very few attorneys in California who has been certified as a specialist in Legal Malpractice Law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.
Representation of Professionals
Mark devotes a substantial portion of his practice to the representation of attorneys, law firms and other professionals in claims based upon theories of malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and misrepresentation, breach of contract, unfair business practices and others. He has tried both jury and non-jury matters for sole practitioners and large law firms and other professional service firms. Additionally, he has conducted binding contractual arbitrations of such disputes and participated in countless mediations and other negotiations of such claims both before and after commencement of litigation. From time to time, Mark also provides consultation and expert testimony with respect to professional responsibility, standard of care and reasonable fee issues pertaining to attorneys. He has testified at numerous arbitrations and trial proceedings.
General Civil Practice
Mark also handles matters involving private business, industry and individuals in commercial, corporate and real estate matters; property and casualty claims; landowners and operators; product liability matters; and construction related claims in both public and private works of improvement. He has tried cases in many California counties as well as outside the state.
Certified Legal Specialties
Legal Malpractice Law, California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of CA, 2011
U.S. District Court Central District of California
U.S. District Court Southern District of California
University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California J.D.
Law Review: Member, 1984 – 1985
University of California, San Diego, California (B.A. – 1982)
Major: English/American Literature
Lawyers and Law Firms
Corporations and other Business Entities
Classes and Seminars
Top Ten Legal Malpractice Mistakes, Provisors, 2014 – Present
Twenty Quick Tips to Avoid E&O Claims, Ahern Insurance Brokers, 2013 – Present
Honors and Awards
Professional Associations and Memberships
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Associate member, 2005 – Present
ABA Lawyers Professional Liability Consortium , Member, 2011 – Present
State Bar of California, Committee on Professional Liability Insurance – Member – 2004 to 2011
Association of Southern California Defense Counsel – Member 1988 – 2006; Board Member 2003 – 2005
Riverside County Bar Association – Member – 1994 – Present
San Bernardino County Bar Association – Member – 2010 – Present
Haight, Brown & Bonesteel LLP, Associate/Partner, 1985 – 2006
Lobb Cliff & Lester LLP, Partner, 2006 – 2010
Pro Bono Activities
Public Counsel, 1988 – 1993
Areas of Practice
- Professional Liability Claims 50%
- Commercial, Corporate and Real Estate 30%
- General Civil Litigation and Trials 20%