Daniel and Philip Greenberg have built a reputation as aggressive advocates for their clients. Whether handling misdemeanor matters or felony crimes, the father-and-son team work diligently to provide their clients with the best defense. A recent Los Angeles Daily Journal Article, “From the Same Cloth,” which ran in July 2012, profiled the two attorneys and the dynamics that have helped them advocate so effectively for their clients’ interests.
According to the article, their backgrounds are critical to their success. Before establishing their criminal defense practice at Greenberg & Greenberg, both Daniel and Philip worked at the Riverside County District Attorney’s office. During their tenure at the DA’s office they picked up two valuable tools.
First, they learned how to read a case. Understanding how the prosecution assembles a case makes the job of identifying strengths and weaknesses much easier. The Greenbergs use this knowledge to achieve swift and effective resolutions.
Second, and perhaps more important, Daniel and Philip built solid reputations within the legal community. Philip told the Daily Journal, “We have a good reputation from our time working at the DA’s office. And if you have a good reputation at the DA’s office that transfers over when you go into private practice.”
The Greenbergs have maintained that reputation. Prosecutors know that they are straight shooters, but they also know that they are tough. Their meticulous attention to detail makes them formidable opponents.
Recently the Greenbergs represented a client who was charged with murder almost 30 years after the client allegedly shot a sheriff’s deputy during a robbery. The deputy died in 2010 due to complications that arose from fragments of a bullet that were stuck in the deputy’s spine.
The Greenbergs objected to the charge on the grounds that the charge amounted to an ex-post facto application of the law. At the time the deputy was shot, murder charges could only be brought if a victim died within three years. The law was not amended until 1996. As such, the Greenbergs were able to persuade the court that the prosecutor no longer had the discretion to charge their client. The case ultimately went to the California Supreme Court, which affirmed the lower court ruling.
Although not all of their cases are so high profile, the Greenbergs are not inclined to shy away from complex or unusual cases. The Greenbergs work collaboratively to explore cases from multiple perspectives. Daniel and Philip work together on every case, using their individual strengths to work towards the best possible outcome for their clients.