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   A San Diego native, I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. There I studied a wide range of subjects, including economics, engineering, history, philosophy, French and Theatre. Ultimately, I graduated with a double minor in both French and Theatre.


   After college, and four very cold winters, I returned to San Diego and began working for a test-prep and tutoring company that had recently been purchased by a Washington Post subsidiary. This company focused on Education, Academics and Test Preparation. I worked my way up to becoming the Director of Business and Marketing for the Southern California offices, traveling to various states for public speaking events in front of large audiences. In 2000, I left that position to pursue a law degree from California Western School of Law.


   As a law clerk and student intern, I worked for the Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, and for the Federal Defenders of San Diego. During this time, I earned high honors for my thesis on a critical issue involving the rights of citizens conferred by the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution (a matter I was later able to argue before the Fourth District Court of Appeal).


   After graduating from California Western, where I received the Academic Achievement awards (AmJurs) for earning the highest grades in Advanced Criminal Litigation, Trial Practice, and the Internship Program award, as well as delivered the keynote, student graduation speech, I served as a certified graduate law clerk for the San Diego County Public Defender's Office. There I did everything I could to gain as much practical experience as possible, trying as many cases as the supervising attorneys and clients would allow.  This internship provided me with tremendous hands-on and practical experience that has helped me in my years of private practice.


   Prior to being selected to join the prestigious Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, A.P.L.C, I was an associate attorney at one of the largest criminal defense law firms in Southern California. This is where I first met Kerry Armstrong, who was the Senior Associate of that firm. Kerry and I ultimately opened the downtown branch office for that firm, where we worked together until he left to open this firm in 2007. Following Kerry’s departure, I was asked to manage the day-to-day operations of the downtown office. I did this until I left that firm to come worth with Kerry Armstrong. It was refreshing and an amazing opportunity to come here to a firm that focuses on providing our client’s with personalize (non-corporate) attention. We have a small firm environment that let’s our clients know that they come first. We deal with them one-on-one and directly. We are able to pick and choose our cases and we are able to fight for our clients with all our strength and energy. I am proud to say that I have been working here with Kerry Armstrong for 3 years.


   As a point of bragging (which I am told I am supposed to do on this site), I can honestly say that I have earned not-guilty verdicts, hung juries, and dismissals in every single courthouse in San Diego (including Traffic Court and “not-true” findings in Juvenile Court), as well as various courts in Los Angeles. I have also “won” prelims, motions to dismiss and suppression motions, which any practicing attorney will tell you is rare if not nearly impossible.


   Lastly, I am a member of the State Bar of California, licensed to practice in all state courts in California, as well as the Federal Bars for the Southern and Central Districts of California. I enjoy playing baseball (now mostly softball), movies and not-guilty verdicts!









Languages spoken: English, French

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
    12 years, 975 cases
  2. Violent Crime: 30%
    12 years, 525 cases
  3. Federal Crime: 10%
    12 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

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  • Keith Steven Ciceron

    You don't come across attorneys like Dan very often. His ability to aggressively defend his clients is unmatched. I have and will continue to refer potential clients to him, knowing they have a superb attorney.


    Keith Ciceron Litigation Attorney
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  • Christina Anne Ciceron

    I endorse Mr. Greene. I have known him since law school and there is no one I would trust more in the area of criminal defense. He is a highly skilled litigator and I am proud to be his colleague.


    Christina Ciceron Real estate Attorney
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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2016
"10 Best" for Criminal Law in California NomineeAmerican Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys2016
Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in the State of CaliforniaAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2016
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2016
Top AttorneySan Diego Daily Transcript2015
"Best of the Bar"San Diego Business Journal2015
Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Top Attorneys in San DiegoLos Angeles Magazine2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
"Best of the Bar"San Diego Business Journal2014
Top AttorneySan Diego Daily Transcript2014
Top Attorney NomineeSan Diego Daily Transcript2013
Top Lawyers in CaliforniaAmerican Lawyer Media2013
Top AttorneySan Diego Daily Transcript2012
AmJur Award for Excellence in Internship SeminarCalifornia Western School of Law2003
Vice President - SBACalifornia Western School of Law2002
Summer Honors ProgramOffice of the Attorney General2002
AmJur Award for Excellence in Trial PracticeCalifornia Western School of Law2002
AmJur Award for Excellence in Advanced Criminal LitigationCalifornia Western School of Law2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior AssociateLaw Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong2008 - Present
Managing AssociateSteigerwalt & Associates - Downtown Office2006 - 2008
Associate AttorneySteigerwalt & Associates2004 - 2006
AttorneyDaniel F. Greene, Attorney At Law2004 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial LawyersMember - Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers2016 - Present
United States Supreme Court BarMember2015 - Present
National Association of Distinguished CounselMember - Nation's Top Attorneys2015 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember2012 - Present
U.S. District Court, Central District of CaliforniaMember2009 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember2009 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2004 - Present
U.S. District Court, Southern District of CaliforniaMember2004 - Present
San Diego Criminal Defense Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
San Diego Inn of CourtEvidence, Foundations and Experts Clinic2013 - 2013
San Diego Inn of CourtTrial Practice Clinic2005 - 2005
Publication nameTitleDate
The San Diego Union-TribuneHeadmaster acquitted on some molest charges (NOT convicted of ANY charges)2015
SanDiegoDefenseLawFirmAttorneys Kerry Armstrong and Daniel Greene Win Acquittals for Former Headmaster in Molestation Case2015
The San Diego Union-TribuneMolest trial starting for ex-military school head2015
The Los Angeles TimesFormer Army-Navy Academy headmaster faces retrial in molestation case2015
Utsandiego.comThree charges dropped against ex-school headmaster2015
PRLOGAttorney Greene Wins Trial Involving 22 Counts & Multiple Alleged Victims of Child Sexual Abuse2013
10New.comTeacher accused of child porn, molesting a student in court: John Kinloch pleads not guilty2012
Fox5sandiego.comFive people, including the ex-superintendent of the Sweetwater Union High School District, entered not guilty pleas Friday to felony charges in what prosecutors call the largest public corruption case of its kind in San Diego County2012
NbcSanDiego.comTeacher Accused of Molestation Makes Court Appearance2012
10news.com5 Involved In Sweetwater District Probe Plead Not Guilty2012
Cbs8.comNot guilty plea from South Bay teacher accused of molesting student, possessing child porn2012
Fox5Sandiego.com1st grade teacher denies molestation, child porn charges2012
10News.comsentenced for having sex with Escondido girl, 12 - Man to serve 270 days jail2012
NCTimes.comCOURT: Man gets 270-day sentence, probation for sex with girl, 122012
Cbs8.comSentencing for man guilty of having sex with minor2012
Signonsandiego.comMan who had sex with girl, 12, gets jail time2012
UTSandiego.comCharges dropped against gay marriage activists2012
PRLOGSan Diego Attorney [Dan Greene] Voted Top Attorney 2012 in Criminal Law2012
UTSanDiego.comJudge slams prosecutors for dismissing gay juror2012
10news.comJudge Dismisses Jury Pool In 'Equality 9' Case - Defense Attorneys Claim Prosecutors Excluded Gay Juror During Selection Process2012
UTSanDiego.comContractor hosted officials at Padres suite2012
UTSanDiego.comSouth Bay emails made escort joke - Contractors, accused of currying favor with meals, suggested hookup for official2012
LakeElsinore-WildomarPatch.comTrial Ordered For Pastor Accused Of Kidnapping And Abusing Boy2012
The Press-EnterpriseJudge Orders Pastor, 2 Men To Trial For Allegedly Beating, Kidnapping Boy, 132012
U-T San Diego.comContractor joked about 'naked chick for a year' as commission2012
U-T San Diego.comLawyer says schmoozing is expected2012
KTLA.comVIDEO: Attorney Claims Pastor Torture Case Is Being Sensationalized - Jennifer Gould reports2012
KPBS.orgJudge Criticizes Prosecutors for Dismissing Gay Jurors2012
UTSandiego.comContractor aghast at school trustee demands2012
San Diego ReaderEscondido Man Admits He Seduced a 12-Yr-Old Girl2012
Fox5sandiego.comSweetwater defendant changes plea2012
cbs8.comConstruction executive changes plea in Sweetwater school corruption case2012
10news.comFelony Charges Dismissed Against Henry Amigable In Exchange For Guilty Plea2012
cbs8.comFive charged in Sweetwater high school district corruption scandal plead not guilty2012
UTSanDiego.comConflict of interest" found in Southwestern College construction bids2012
UTSandiego.comReport finds more mixing with contractors2012
U-T San Diego.comSweetwater defense attorneys speak up2012
San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Assn. NewsletterFeatured Attorney - Member Profile2011
PRLOGAttorney Greene earns an ACQUITTAL for client in Child Molest case2011
U-T San Diego.comFormer construction executive fires back at big companies2011
PRLOGAttorney Greene achieves Not Guilty verdicts in Life-case involving Child Molest2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Western School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Trinity CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1998
San Diego State UniversityTheatreN/AN/A
Pantheon-Sorbonne University (Paris I)Political ScienceN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Criminal Law Association & XONR8The Death Penalty Debate2014
Career DayCriminal Defense Law2014
1L CompetitionOpening Statements / Closing Arguments2014
Criminal Law Fraternity - UCSDPreparing a case for trial2012
Career DayCriminal Defense Law2010
Legal SeminarEmployment After Law School2009
Guest SpeakerTrial Practice2004
CSWL Commence CeremonyKeynote Student Speaker2003