Phil was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, before moving to Florida where he fell in love with the Florida Keys as a teenager. Phil returned to New York, where he graduated from NYU in 1983 and Brooklyn Law school in 1986. Phil was recruited by the Miami Dade State Attorneys Office where he worked for Janet Reno. During Phil's career as a prosecutor, he worked in the County Court division handling misdemeanor crimes and DUI's before being promoted to the felony division where he worked in the Major Narcotics trafficking unit before becoming a supervisor as a Division Chief where he handled the investigation and prosecution of murder cases.
Phil is a trial lawyer pure and simple. Phil has served as lead counsel in over 120 jury trials in State and Federal Court. He has also successfully handled appeals in Florida, getting clients new trials, or vindictive sentecnes over-turned.
In 2013 Phil was the recipient of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorney's Miami Chapter's AGAINST ALL ODDS AWARD for his work in getting a prisoner off of death row, a new trial, and a successful outcome.
Phil is known for a few things. He cares about his clients. He is meticulous in his prepation, and he is well respected by judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys alike.
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1986||04/04/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Preeminent 5.0 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|AGAINST ALL ODDS||MIAMI CHAPTER FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS||2014|
|Owner||Woodward & Reizenstein, P.A.||2001 - 2016|
|Owner||Philip L. Reizenstein, PA||1992 - 2001|
|Assistant State Attorney||Dade County State Attorney's Office||1986 - 1992|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers chapter||Board Member||2013 - Present|
|Gordon Schools at Beth David||Board Member||2012 - Present|
|Friends Of Drug Court||Board Member||2008 - Present|
|Brooklyn Law School||Doctor of Law (J.D.)||1986|
|New York University||Bachelor of Arts (B.A.),||1982|
|Florida Bar, Criminal Law Section||Certification course for Criminal Discovery in Florida||2013|
|Lunch and Learn||The TAO Of Cross Examination||2013|
|Davon Francis||85 year sentence vacated as unconstitutional|
|State v. Escobar||Hung Jury and then a plea to credit for time served|
|Davalos v State 988 So.2d 130||The 30 year sentence was overturned as vindictive|
|State v. Moore||Not Guilty|
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