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Mr. Funt was born in Detroit but grew up in the Philadelphia area and has successfully tried thousands of criminal cases before both judges and juries in state and federal courts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. These cases range from complex homicides to kidnappings, aggravated assaults, robberies, sexual assaults, state and federal drug cases, and white collar crimes including sexual-cyber-crimes in both adult and Juvenile court. He has also tried numerous civil rights cases alleging claims of excessive force and wrongful arrest, and has successfully represented clients in employment discrimination cases such as age, race, gender, whistle blowing and sexual orientation claims.
Contacts in the Hispanic Community
Although an accomplished and fearless litigator in the courtroom for all of his clients, Mr. Funt takes particular pride in always fighting for the “little guy”. He began advocating for workers’ rights while living in Mexico in the early 1990′s where he spearheaded a variety of humanitarian, environmental and development projects. That experience left an indelible mark on him. Fluent in Spanish, he has developed a large Hispanic clientele in the tri-state region representing people from Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Guatemala, The Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, and Panama and is sensitive to the challenges that the Latino population often face in the United States.
Criminal, Civil Rights, Employment Expertise & Union Representation
Mr. Funt has a distinguished and diversified background as a complex civil and criminal trial attorney. After returning from Mexico, he began his legal career in 1994 as a trial lawyer with the Defender Association of Philadelphia where he represented indigent defendants in hundreds of serious criminal cases. While there he was selected to investigate and track cases involving allegations of police abuse and corruption and was involved in exposing the civil liberty abuses by the 39th district police.
In 1997 Mr. Funt was recruited to join the law firm of Willig, Williams, and Davidson, the area’s premier labor and employment firm where he represented unions and individual plaintiffs on complex labor and employment cases. There he represented individuals in grievances and arbitrations on job related issues, assisted the Erie and Philadelphia Fire Fighters with their Interest Arbitration and contract negotiations, and secured large monetary awards on behalf of individuals in State and Federal Court whose civil liberties had been violated. From 2000-2002 Jamie served as in-house counsel for the firm’s Union clients advocating on behalf of individual Union members accused of criminal conduct.
In 2002 Mr. Funt partnered with Ronald Greenblatt, Esquire launching Greenblatt & Funt, (the precursor to GPEFF); a dynamic criminal defense firm dedicated to the zealous representation of working class families. He continues to maintain strong ties with the union movement representing the Philadelphia Fire Fighters, Bakery Workers, Probation Officers, Steel & Rubber Workers, Teamsters, Postal Workers, Teachers, Septa workers, Food and Commercial Workers Painters, Glaziers and Roofers to name a few throughout the tri-state region.
From 2002-the present, Mr. Funt has been involved in some of the area’s most highly publicized cases and is keenly aware of the value and hazards of press cases. He recently won a four million dollar jury verdict with fellow partner Patricia Pierce, Esquire against the University of Pennsylvania representing a special needs dentist in a wrongful discharge contract claim. He is also a frequent lecturer with Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) on issues ranging from the fundamental practice of criminal law, effective cross examination and trial techniques, and developing case theories.
Mr. Funt is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania State Courts as well as the Federal Courts in New Jersey, and the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania. He was recently elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the Criminal Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association and is a member of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Camden County and Philadelphia Bar Associations. He is also a Master in the recently formed Philadelphia Criminal Law Inn of Court, a periodic triathlete, and in 2010 was presented with the prestigious “Friend of Philadelphia Fire Fighter’s Achievement Award” for his longstanding demonstrated commitment to the Philadelphia Fighters.
Temple University School of Law, J.D. 1994
Victor A. Jazcun Award for excellence in trial advocacy
Environmental Law & Technology Journal
Founder the Temple Student Public Interest Network (Spin)
Temple Court School Victim Witness Program
Colgate University, B.A. 1989
National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) – Ocean Survival and the Colorado Outward Bound Survival School – Alpine Mountaineering.
Federal Court in the Eastern and Middle District of Pennsylvania
Federal Court of New Jersey
Philadelphia Bar Association
Executive Committee, Criminal Law Section
Philadelphia Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Philadelphia Inn of Criminal Court, Master Level
Defender Association of Philadelphia Alumni Association
Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
The Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey
The Philadelphia Bar Association
The Camden County Bar Association
“The North American Free Trade Agreement and the Integrated Environmental Border Plan: feasible Solutions to U.S. – Mexican Border Pollution.” 12 Temple Envir.L. & Tech. J. 77 (Spring 1993).
2010 “Friend of Philadelphia Fire Fighter’s Achievement Award
Languages spoken: Spanish
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Friend of Fire Fighters||Philadelphia Fire department, Local 22||2010|
|Victor A. Jazcun Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy,||Temple University School of Law||1994|
|Mark Craig Jacob Award: Outstanding contributor to Legal Aid||Temple University School of Law||1994|
|Barrister Award, Advanced Trial Advocacy||Temple University School of Law||1993|
|Partner||Greenblatt Pierce Engle Funt & Flores||2002 - 2013|
|Attorney||Willig, Williams & Davidson||1997 - 2002|
|Trial Attorney||Defender Association Of Philadelphia||1994 - 1997|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Criminal Justice Section, Philadelphia Bar Associaiton||Chair||2013 - Present|
|Philadelphia Judicial Selection Commission||Liason||2013 - Present|
|Philadelphia Criminal Law American Inn of Court||Master||2012 - Present|
|Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey||Member||N/A|
|Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|Camden County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Hispanic Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Philadelphia Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section||Chair Elect||2012 - 2013|
|Philadelphia Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section||Executive Committee||2011 - 2012|
|Commonwealth v. Angel Delgado Pabon||Not guilty all charges|
|Commonwealth v. Gerard Shaffer, Jr||Not Guilty 3rd degree Murder|
|Commonwealth v. Hykeem Green||Not Guilty all charges|
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|Temple Environmental Law & Technology Journal||“The North American Free Trade Agreement and the Integrated Environmental Border Plan: feasible Solutions to U.S. – Mexican Border Pollution.”||1993|
|Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1994|
|Colgate University||Political Science & Religion||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1989|
|Whyy Radio Times||50th Anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright: The Right to Criminal Counsel||2013|
|Pennsylvania Bar Institute Legal Education||Sentencing in Pennsylvania State Courts||2013|
|Sexual Assault Cases in Philadelphia||Sexual Assault Case Review||2012|
|Philadelphia Bench Bar Conference||Criminal Practice in Philadelphia Municipal Court||2011|
|Continuing Legal Education||Fundamentals of a Criminal Law Practice||2010|
|Continuing Legal Education||Trial Advocacy and Theory - “A few Good Men” a Case Study||2009|
|Cross Examination in the Movies||Cross Examination Seminar||2008|