Mark S. Lester
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Mark S. Lester
Firm: Lester & Cantrell, LLP
Address: 1700 Iowa Avenue
Suite 200
Riverside, CA 92507
Phone: 951-534-5814
Fax: 951-300-2694
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Lawyer Profile:

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.

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.

Current Employment Position(s):
Managing Partner

Areas of Practice:
50% Professional Liability claims
30% Commercial, Corporate and Real Estate
20% General Civil Litigation and Trials
Litigation Percentage:
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Legal Malpractice Law, California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of CA, 2011

Bar Admissions:
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
Law Review: Member, 1984 - 1985

University of California, San Diego, California, 1982
Major: English/American Literature

Representative Clients:
Layers and Law Firms
Corporations and other Business Entities
Classes/Seminars Taught:
Top Ten Legal Malpractice Mistakes, Provisors, 2014 - Present

Twenty Quick Tips to Avoid E&O Claims, Ahern Insurance Brokers, 2013 - Present

Honors and Awards:
AV-Preeminent Rated

Professional Associations and Memberships:
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), 2005 - Present
Associate member

ABA Lawyers Professional Liability Consortium , 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

Past Employment Positions:
Haight, Brown & Bonesteel LLP, Associate/Partner, 1985 - 2006

Lobb Cliff & Lester LLP, Partner, 2006 - 2010

Pro Bono Activities:
Public Councel, 1988 - 1993
Birth Information:
1960, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
West Practice Categories:
Business & Commercial, Construction, Insurance Defense, Professional Malpractice, Real Estate
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