Law School/Year: Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 1997, cum laude
College/Year: Middle Tennessee State University, B.S., Political Science, minors in Criminal Justice and English, 1990
California; U.S. District Court, Southern, Central
Armstrong has had the opportunity to handle many high-profile cases in San Diego County since he became a licensed attorney in 1998. His cases have consistently been featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune, on all of the local TV news stations, on CNN, MSNBC, Court TV, NBC Nightly News, Nancy Grace, and most major U.S. newspapers. Some of the high-profile cases Armstrong has handled include representing a man accused of a violent hate-crime attack on a migrant farm worker, a 13-year-old minor accused of conspiring with two other middle-school boys to kill their teacher, a man accused of sending fake anthrax to the San Diego federal courthouse, a YMCA daycare provider accused of molesting four young students, a Navy man accused of distributing child pornography from a Navy ship, and a man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and his 10-month-old baby in order to get out of paying child support.
Armstrong opened up his law firm, the Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, APLC, in June 2007. Prior to that, he was employed as the senior associate attorney for a large criminal defense firm in San Diego for nine years, eventually being placed in charge of that firm's branch office. Armstrong's law firm currently employs an associate attorney, two paralegals, and a certified law clerk. The firm represents those accused of every type of crime imaginable, as well as handling juvenile delinquency cases, military criminal cases, forfeiture cases and civil TRO (restraining order) hearings. Armstrong has handled hundreds of felony and misdemeanor cases all over California, in both state courts and federal courts. He also has conducted nearly 50 jury trials, as well as more than 35 juvenile court trials. Many of his jury trials have been on cases where the charges carried life in prison. His jury trials have included charges ranging all the way from petty theft to first-degree murder with a special circumstance (which makes one eligible for the death penalty). Armstrong has tried numerous sex cases as well, including charges of lewd conduct in public, forcible rape, child molestation, prostitution solicitation, rape by intoxication, sexual battery, and possession of child pornography. While he consistently represents persons charged with all types of crimes, a large portion of Armstrong's clients are those charged with sex offenses. Criminal defense attorneys in San Diego often consult with Armstrong regarding their clients who face sex charges. In 2003, Armstrong was featured on the hour-long season premiere of “Law & Order: Crime & Punishment” (an episode that was watched by 10 million viewers).The reality show featured Armstrong in a murder and attempted murder trial that he conducted in 2002. Armstrong appears on local TV news stations from time to time as a legal analyst. Additionally, he has lectured several times at Thomas Jefferson School of Law on the subjects of legal writing and ethics.
Armstrong is a member of the State Bar of California, as well as the Federal Bars for the Southern and Central Districts of California. One of only a handful of criminal defense attorneys in San Diego who have received all not-guilty verdicts for his client in a first-degree murder trial (in 2005), Armstrong's client in that case was acquitted of all charges in the case that began as a capital case. San Diego County Bar Association, member; San Diego County Criminal Defense Bar Association, member ; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, member.