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Brian Zeiger

Criminal defense Attorney at Philadelphia, PA

4.6   7 reviews

Licensed for 21 years

About Brian

Learn Brian’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    20%
    Handled thousands of criminal cases. Including: federal & state, jury trials & appeals.

    23 years

  2. Federal crime
    20%
    Handled thousands of criminal cases. Including: federal & state, jury trials & appeals.

    23 years

  3. Appeals
    15%
    Multiple criminal appeals in state and federal court. Argued in PA appellate courts. Petitions for allowance of appeal granted before PA Supreme Court.

    23 years

  4. Civil rights
    15%
    Multiple civil rights cases. Huge settlements. Class action. Cases against prisons, police, government.

    23 years

  5. DUI and DWI
    15%
    Handled hundreds of criminal DUI cases. Including: federal & state, jury trials & appeals.

    23 years

  6. White collar crime
    15%
    Handled thousands of criminal cases. Including: federal & state, jury trials & appeals.

Attorney Brian Zeiger is a protector of people's individual rights, and takes his clients' liberty and freedom very seriously. Mr. Zeiger is passionate about jury trials.

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Licensed for 21 years
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 2021
Updated 11/04/2022
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 2001
Updated 12/04/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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The Zeiger Firm
1500 JFK Blvd
Suite 620a
Philadelphia, PA, 19102

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by Amir | October 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He helped me beat 15-30 Years
Brian Zieger saved my life .. I was facing 15-30 for a serious crime that I was charged with at the age of 20. He was very understanding and worked with me as I made payments . He was a beast in the cross examination of the common wealth’s witnesses .. and he helped me beat the case .. NOT GUILITY on all Charges after a 4 year fight
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Posted by Elise | June 19, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Brian was the only attorney to give us the time of day. He explained all possible outcomes to me. I am grateful for the time and attention alone that he gave to me, that no one else did.
Posted by Sharon | June 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you very much
I want to thank you Brian for answering all my questions and addressing all my concerns I would definitely recommend you to family and friends thank you and God bless
Posted by Shane | March 30, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer I have seen
Wow is all I can say. The deck was stacked against me. But with Brain's help it all worked out. He was excellent in negotiations and would not budge an inch. I told him upfront where I expected and we ended up there. Thanks to Brian, life continued without interruption. Three cheers for Brian Zeiger.
Posted by Jeff | November 26, 2014
Excellent...everything you could hope for in a defense atttorney
Brian is exactly what you can hope for in a defense attorney...he is very responsive, and takes your defense personally, as if you were a family member...unfortunately, I've had other attorneys where once they get your money, you don't hear from them...not the case with Brian...also, in the courtroom he is confident and has a zeal about him which commands respect without pissing off the judge...I've had obnoxious attorneys that yell and scream; not the case with him...he's not afraid to make your case (which I've also seen with other timid attorneys), but he does it in a logical, articulate way that really conveys a validity to the argument and is received well by the judge...just all around exactly what you can hope for when you're in a jam...stuff happens, and Brian will fight for your rights and make sure it doesn't ruin your life...all attorneys should aspire to conduct themselves the way he does...he's the New England patriots of defense attorneys.
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Posted by Beth | November 22, 2013
Great defense attorney
What a fighter. This guy didn't give an inch. He fought the entire time for me. Also, he always returned my calls and emails and gave me real answers to my questions. I felt so safe an secure with Brian.
Posted by Drew | June 1, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Disappointing trial experience
I paid Brian upfront for his services. Brian is a nice guy and an articulate and thoughtful communicator. He indicated that he was interested in results and a "shark in the courtroom", and he was good about keeping in contact with me and the court. The problems: I hired him based on incorrect information on his website regarding summary offenses, which he still hasn't corrected even though I've pointed it out. I made it clear to him before I hired him that I didn't want to make a deal with the police and court, but he told me later that he had to talk to the judge and officer without me for "discovery". The judge later made it clear in court that there is no "discovery" in the magistrate court for a summary offense, and now I don't know what they talked about without me. My court date was rescheduled two times for the officer and took about a year to take place. Brian told me that he was bringing a stenographer so we would have proof of the arresting officer's testimony, but he did not do so and did not tell me he hadn't until after the trial. I now have a judgement against me for "public intoxication" even though the police claim to have never conducted a sobriety test, and their evidence was that I was slurring my words and smelled of alcohol, which I testified someone had just knocked onto me before I was violently removed from a bar. But police neglected to mention the evident head trauma and obvious concussion caused by an assault they witnessed, which would cause me to slur my words for days after, and Brian didn't question them further about it in court. He didn't question officers about their relationship with the person who assaulted me, or with the establishment it happened in, and he referred to it as "an altercation" rather than an assault. His argument against the disorderly conduct charge was that "it's not a catch-all. He's allowed to be an A-hole". As in, he referred to me as an A-hole in court rather than pointing out that I was literally sitting with an open head wound, covered in blood, while police held my ID which I supplied them with with no argument, because they were conducting an investigation on ME, while my attacker stood over me. Officers claimed that they told me to go home, while they were holding my ID, but he didn't bring that into the argument. The Judge was very complimentary of Brian before he handed me a guilty verdict. Brian did a good job of getting along with the judge, but not a good job of pointing out inconsistencies in the officers' testimony. As soon as the case was concluded he attempted to sell me further services and even had a contract already printed up. In fact, he attempted to charge me more for the next case than we'd previously discussed if it were to go this way. It was a disconcerting and disheartening experience, and now I have a criminal record for the first time, in my thirties, even with no priors and no evidence against me other than the inconsistent testimony of officers who were not held accountable in court when we had the opportunity to hold them accountable.
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Response from Brian Zeiger October 23, 2020
Thank you for the feedback. I appreciate very much your acknowledgment that I did fight your case and that I never discussed a guilty plea. This was a summary matter in a magistrate court, where often the judge is not a lawyer and some of the rules are loosely applied. I explained to you both before and after the trial that if you were unhappy in any way with the outcome of the proceeding at the magistrate court, we could appeal to the Court of Common Pleas and start over. This is called a de novo appeal and it's very common. Further, I explained to you both before and after, in writing and orally, that Common Pleas court was not included in our original agreement. I also explained to you after the matter that my recommendation to you was to appeal to Common Pleas Court, and if you were unhappy with me, to use a different lawyer, but that you should appeal for a new trial regardless of the lawyer because I truly believed you were not guilty as a matter of law. Strategy decisions are usually left to the lawyer, and I intentionally made the decision not to bring a court reporter. This case happened years ago. Your comment is years later, so I cannot recall any discussion we had about a court reporter. The argument I made to the judge, I specifically recall, I was arguing Pennsylvania law as it applied to your case and not about your specific conduct--i.e. as a matter of law you were not guilty of the summary citation. Thank you for the constructive feedback.
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AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Levin & Zeiger LLP
  • 2006 - Present
  • KPMG
  • 2000 - 2002

Education

  • Temple Univeristy
  • MBA
  • 2000
  • Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Washington University of St. Louis
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1997
  • Washington University of St. Louis
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997
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Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. Gravely
  • Not Guilty
  • Commonwealth v. Ray
  • Not Guilty
  • Commonwealth v. Scipio
  • Re-sentenced

Associations

  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Faculty
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Inns of Court
  • Master
  • 2011 - Present
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2008
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • CBS 3
  • Citizens' Arrest
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (10)
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Civil rights Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Brian. Whenever my firm has a civil rights case, we know our client is in good hands when we refer them to Brian. He cares about his clients and gets great results. Highly recommended."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said, Brian is an outstanding criminal attorney. Highly recommended!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Brian for many years. He is an excellent criminal defense attorney that fights incredibly hard for his clients. I cannot recommend him enough."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Zeiger is a trusted and well known attorney in Philadelphia. His trial skills are outstanding and I have learned a great deal from watching him try cases. He handles every case with professionalism and zeal. I would strongly recommend him for any case criminal or civil rights."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is a fantastic and experienced attorney who vigorously represents his clients. He is dedicated to seeking justice for all his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Brian is professional, knowledgeable, and fights hard for his clients. Highly recommended."
Appeals Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr Zeiger is a very thoughtful attorney who will explore every aspect of a case and is not afraid to think outside of the box."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is generous with his time, and a top-notch attorney. Brian worked a decade for the PD before starting his own firm. He gets my highest recommendation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent attorney. Mr. Zeiger continues to provide valuable advice on Avvo each time that he responds to a question. Although I have been licensed and practicing for 24 years, including time spent as a judge and magistrate, I continually learn from his answers about different aspects of the law. I would recommend him to everyone."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Zeiger is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. He is one of the best attonrey's in his state and I highly endorse his legal services"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He gives the other side a headache."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Brian's work. Brian is a top notch criminal defense lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is a tenacious fighter who will stop at no end to get an acquittal. His clients love him and follow his guidance with a trust rarely displayed. I highly recommend him to anyone who has been arrested and in need of a quality defense."
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Philadelphia Criminal defense Lawyer Brian Zeiger
Brian Zeiger
Criminal defense Attorney
Philadelphia, PA
Licensed for 21 years