California Western School of Law
Daniel Greene handles major felony cases, ranging from murder to sex crimes, robberies, domestic violence, gang, theft and drug offenses, and white collar-fraud. He has received not-guilty verdicts in every courthouse in San Diego County, earning acquittals in multiple “life” cases for clients charged with child molestation, as well as in domestic violence, assaults/batteries, pre-meditated attempted murder, lewd conduct, theft, and other case. He has also earned dismissals before, during or after trial where clients had been facing up to 200 years to life in prison. He has had "three-strikes” cases (25 years to life in prison) dismissed by the court at the preliminary hearings.
In 2013, Greene earned not-guilty verdicts on all 22 counts of a case where his client faced 230 years to life and had spent a year and a half in jail awaiting trial. A successful defense, however, does not necessarily mean going to trial. This past year, Greene convinced the District Attorney’s Office to dismiss the entire case against a man accused of felony child abuse (based upon a theory of “shaken baby syndrome”), where Greene was able to demonstrate through proffered expert testimony the injuries could have occurred in the course of a precipitous and partially unattended birth. This client’s personal life and career in the U.S. Navy remained on hold for a year and a half while the case was pending in the Superior Court. The client, who faced more than 10 years in prison and the prospect of losing his family, and family have been reunited.
After college, Greene worked as a regional director for a test preparation and tutoring company owned by a Washington Post subsidiary company, leaving that position to attend law school. While in school, he clerked for the Federal Defenders of San Diego and the Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General. Post-bar, Greene interned with the Office of the Primary Public Defender. Following his admission to the practice, he was hired as an associate attorney for Steigerwalt and Associates APLC. For the past six and a half years, he has held the position of senior associate for Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong APLC, a highly regarded criminal defense firm in San Diego County.
Greene is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Southern and Central Districts of California and all state courts of California. He is also a member of the San Diego County Bar Association; San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association; and California Public Defenders Association.
I am a rare “native” San Diegan. Other than politics and acting, being a lawyer is the only career I ever wanted. One day, I hope to teach trial practice at California Western School of Law. The three lawyers I most admire are my friend and boss, Kerry Armstrong (an amazing trial lawyer), my friend and mentor, Gerald Blank, and my best friend and wife, Samantha. My favorite way to spend my free time is with my wife, my two beautiful children, and my English bulldog, the Fat-Mann.
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