Criminal Defense Lawyer in San Diego, CA
Daniel F. Greene is the senior associate at The Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, APLC. He handles a wide range of felony and misdemeanor cases throughout San Diego, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Imperial and Orange Counties. His experience has earned him numerous accolades, including designation as a San Diego County Top Attorney for 2014.
Some of Mr. Greene's most notable accomplishments include:
- Voted "Best of the Bar" by the San Diego Business Journal
- Selected for the California Super Lawyers® list in 2015
- Holds "Top One Percent" membership with the NADC
- Named "Top Attorney for 2015" by The Daily Transcript
- Honored with a 10/10 "Superb" rating from Avvo
On several occasions, Mr. Greene has been interviewed by news and media outlets about his own cases, as well as to provide insight into other legal matters. You can read about his cases in the media here.
Criminal Defense & Trial Experience
Mr. Greene has successfully represented clients in all manner of criminal cases—from violent offenses like murder, attempted murder and aggravated robbery to lower level offenses like theft, drug possession, drunk driving and probation violations. He has defended clients at trial on felony charges and has successfully negotiated plea bargains in cases were trial was not in his clients' best interests.
He has successfully defended clients against charges that include:
- Murder and attempted murder
- Gang-related crimes
- Assault with a deadly weapon
- Child molestation and sexual assault
- Grand theft and embezzlement
- Aiding and abetting
- Transportation of narcotics
Aside from these criminal charges, he also handles cases pertaining to juvenile delinquency and dependency, misdemeanor and felony expungement, probation modifications, early termination of probation, and exclusions / exemptions related to the Department of Justice Sex Offender Website.
You can read about some of Mr. Greene's successful cases here.
Education & Past Legal Experience
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Greene graduated from Trinity College in Hartford with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Soon thereafter, he worked as the Director of Business and Marketing for the Southern California offices of a Washington Post subsidiary company. He eventually left this position to pursue a law degree from California Western School of Law. As a student intern and law clerk, Mr. Greene worked for the Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General.
While at California Western School of Law, Mr. Greene received Academic Achievement awards for earning the highest grades in Advanced Criminal Litigation and Trial Practice. After graduating with his law degree, he went to work as a certified law clerk for the San Diego County Public Defender's Office—where he tried more cases than any other law clerk on record. Next, Mr. Greene went to work as an associate attorney for one of the largest criminal defense law firms in Southern California.
Finally, Mr. Greene was selected to join The Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, APLC, where he currently handles many of the firm's misdemeanor and felony criminal cases. He brings a great deal of intelligence, hard work, enthusiasm and, most importantly, favorable results to the firm—making him an invaluable asset to the team. He is currently a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, the State Bar of California and the Federal Bards for the Southern and Central Districts of California.
An Interview with Attorney Daniel Greene
What inspired you to become a lawyer?
I have always wanted to fight for those who could not fight for themselves. In my youth, I gravitated towards books, film, television and theatre involving courtroom legal drama. It probably didn't hurt that I was always argumentative and fiercely competitive.
Are you known for a particular skill or specialty?
I am well-regarded as a strong advocate and for being persuasive with judges and juries. Other lawyers know I am not afraid to take a case to trial if it is in the best legal interests of my client.
Is there a past case you handled that you are particularly proud of?
In November 2013, I obtained a Not Guilty verdict for a client who was charged with 22 counts of child molestation with multiple victims (read about this case). I have always believed this client was innocent and the jury acquittal reaffirmed my belief in our criminal justice system.
What question do clients most frequently ask you?
"Can you help me?" The answer is, "Yes, I believe I can and I believe I will."
What sets your firm apart from the rest?
Work ethic, knowledge of the system, and drive. At The Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, APLC, we are driven to succeed because we want to help our clients and we want to be the best.
- California, 2004
- U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2004
- U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2009
- United States Supreme Court Bar, 2015
California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
Honors: American Jurisprudence Award Recipient for:
- Advanced Criminal Litigation
- Trial Practice
- Federal Defender's Internship Program
- Honors Thesis in Fourth Amendment Rights
Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut
Bachelor of Arts Degree
- Major: Political Science
- Minor: Theatre Arts
- Minor: French
Professional Associations & Memberships
- San Diego County Bar Association, Member
- San Diego County Criminal Defense Bar Association, Member
- California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Member
Past Employment Positions
- Steigerwalt & Associates, Associate Attorney, 2004 - 2008
Areas of Practice