Daniel F. Greene
As the Senior Associate for the Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, APLC, Dan Greene handles many of the firm’s felony and misdemeanor cases in all of San Diego County, as well as in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Imperial and Orange Counties. He was voted by his peers in the legal community as a San Diego County Top Attorney for 2014
, an award which recognizes his dedication to excellence and his successes as a criminal attorney.
Mr. Greene was voted in as "Best of the Bar" for 2014 and 2015 by the San Diego Business Journal and named "Top Attorney" for 2012 and 2014 by The San Diego Daily Transcript. In 2015, Mr. Greene was selected for
California Super Lawyers and for "Top One Percent" membership with the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.
Mr. Greene is frequently interviewed by news media about his own cases, as well as to provide insight into other legal matters in the San Diego area. Read about Mr. Greene's cases in the media.
Criminal Defense & Trial Experience
He has successfully represented clients on charges ranging from serious/violent offenses (e.g. murder, attempted murder, aggravated robbery, child molest, rape, assault, battery, and domestic violence resulting in great bodily injury) to lower level offenses (e.g. theft-related crimes, narcotics cases, drunk-driving, juvenile crimes, probation violations, and assaults not resulting in great bodily injury). He has aggressively defended clients at trial on serious felony charges (see
Highlights below), and has successfully negotiated plea bargains in cases where trial was not in the clients’ best legal interests.
Mr. Greene has successfully represented clients prosecuted for murder, attempted murder, "gang" crimes, robbery, assault with a firearm / deadly weapon, inflicting great bodily injury, battery, lewd contact, child molest, rape, sexual assault, residential and commercial burglary, grand theft, embezzlement, prostitution, resisting arrest, aiding & abetting, accessory, reckless driving, evading police, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, transportation, sales and possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia, etc.
In addition to defending against adult prosecutions, Mr. Greene handles both juvenile delinquency and dependency cases. He has also successfully represented clients for felony and misdemeanor expungements, requests for probation modifications, early termination of probation and felony reductions, as well as exclusions/exemptions related to the Department of Justice Sex Offender Website.
Read about some of Attorney Greene's successful case results and trial highlights.
Education and Legal Experience
Dan Greene received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. After college, Mr. Greene worked as the Director of Business and Marketing for the Southern California offices of a Washington Post subsidiary company focusing on Education, Academics and Test Preparation, A native San Diegan, Mr. Greene left that position to pursue a law degree from California Western School of Law. As a law clerk and student intern, Mr. Greene worked for the Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, and for the Federal Defenders of San Diego.
After graduating from California Western, where he received the Academic Achievement awards for earning the highest grades in Advanced Criminal Litigation and Trial Practice, Mr. Greene served as a certified law clerk for the San Diego County Public Defender's Office where he assisted in trying more cases than any other law clerk on record. Prior to being selected to join the prestigious Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, A.P.L.C, Mr. Greene was an associate attorney at one of the largest criminal defense law firms in Southern California. There, Mr. Greene was selected to manage the day-to-day operations of the firm’s downtown San Diego branch office.
Mr. Greene is a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar, the State Bar of California and the Federal Bars for the Southern and Central Districts of California. Well regarded as one of the leading criminal advocates in the local legal community, Dan Greene brings intelligence, hard work, enthusiasm and, most importantly, "results" to the practice of Criminal Defense Law. He is tireless in his efforts to obtain for his clients the best legal results possible on each and every case.
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.
Why did you decide on your specific area of practice?
Nothing allows you to hone your skills as a trial attorney and public speaker like arguing a case before a judge and jury.
Are you known for a particular skill or specialty?
I believe I am well-regarded as a strong oral advocate and for being persuasive with judges and juries. I believe 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 do you most enjoy about your job?
The interaction with clients, lawyers, and the court.
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. 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