Ronald L. Greenblatt

Managing Partner

Chair, PA Criminal Defense

Co-Chair, Civil Rights Litigation

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Ronald L. Greenblatt, the managing partner of Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores, LLC., is one of the most respected and sought after attorneys in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Mr. Greenblatt has successfully litigated over 1,000 criminal trials on charges ranging from homicide, homicide by vehicle, sexual assault, serious drug offenses, fraud and other white collar crimes, Internet crimes, DUI, DWI, driving under the influence, including those involving the insanity defense. After years of experience, Mr. Greenblatt knows the criminal justice system from the inside-out–including the judges, prosecutors, police and investigators associated with his cases. He regularly lectures to his fellow attorneys and judges on both trial technique and changes in the law. Attorneys throughout the region refer their clients to him with confidence–due to both his outstanding track record and his tireless work ethic.

Since the age of 20, Mr. Greenblatt has sought to protect the rights of men and women. In 1981, he became one of the youngest union shop stewards in U.S. history when he was elected union shop steward for New Jersey Restaurant Local 54 (now Local 33). In this position, he fought grievances brought against his fellow union members and filed grievances on behalf of union members. Upon his graduation from law school, Mr. Greenblatt joined the Philadelphia Public Defenders Office. There, he handled the defense and trials of hundreds of accused men and women and was one of only two lawyers appointed to the prestigious Special Defense Unit (SDU). While in this unit, he received specialized training in forensics, including accident reconstruction, DNA and fingerprint training, ballistic training, and training in the use of forensic psychiatry and psychology in the defense of criminal cases–all of which he relies on today to build his cases. This is focused training that very few other lawyers have. He has also received training in media relations in connection with successfully trying some of the area’s highest profile cases.

In addition to managing his criminal practice, Mr. Greenblatt co-manages the firm’s extensive civil rights practice with Patricia Pierce. They have handled claims of police misconduct that have resulted in wrongful arrest, prosecution, and incarceration as well as traumatic injury of their clients. Mr. Greenblatt and Ms. Pierce have successfully represented GPEFF’s clients in state and federal court actions that have resulted in recoveries of millions of dollars. Additionally, Mr. Greenblatt works with Ms. Pierce on her class action and large employment discrimination cases.

Today, after 25 years of practice, Mr. Greenblatt is one of the leaders of the criminal defense bar in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey and he is highly engaged in service to the profession. He is the immediate past chairperson of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and still serves on its Executive Committee. He is a founding member and Master of the Philadelphia Inn of Criminal Court, where he is on the Executive Committee, Planning Committee and serves as Secretary of the Inn. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Defender Association of Philadelphia Alumni Association and an active member of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Camden County Bar Association.

He has been given the prestigious AV rating by the Martindale-Hubbel ratings service. This rating means that he is one of the preeminent lawyers in his field as determined by lawyers and judges in the criminal law field. He has also been named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List. However, probably even more telling about his expertise, Mr. Greenblatt is regularly asked to lecture to judges as well as to other criminal defense lawyers, new prosecutors and even Rutgers and Temple law students on adult and juvenile criminal law subjects. A graduate of Rutgers University School of Law, Mr. Greenblatt also received his B.A. from Rutger’s University where he majored in Economics and minored in Accounting.

Honors

Honors:

  • AV Rated-Martindale Hubbell
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer 2013
  • Recipient of the 2011 First Judicial District Award of Pennsylvania, in recognition of Pro Bono Service to the community
  • Recipient of the 2011 Charles Gelso President’s Award, Pennsylvania Assciation of Criminal Defense Lawyers, given annually to an attorney for exemplary service toward the organization
  • Citation by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter for his Excellence and Tireless Work for Justice-June 20, 3013
  • Philadelphia Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for his work in advancing the cause of justice in Philadelphia-June, 2013
Professional Activities

Professional Activities:

Professional Memberships & Leadership Positions:

  • Past Chairperson of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.–the organization that represents criminal defense attorney’s in Philadelphia
  • Member of the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys – 2011 -present
  • Founding member, current Executive Committee member and Master of the Philadelphia Inn of Criminal Court.
  • Defender Association of Philadelphia Alumni Association, Executive Board Member
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, member Board of Trustees
  • Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey
  • Philadelphia Bar Association-Criminal Justice Section
  • Camden County Bar Association-Criminal justice Section

In the News:

  • “A Lowe Blow” Ralph Lowe Welcomes Freedom as the Innocent Man is Finally Set Free Modern Day Bonnie-and-Clyde
  • Landlord Declared Unfit For Trial Related to Apartment House Tragedy
  • Sports Radio 610 WIP Calls on Attorney Ron Greenblatt on the NFL Arbitration Case
  • Ron Greenblatt Appears on Behalf of “Bonnie & Clyde” Client on The Today Show
Publications

Publications:

  • Handling the Sexual Assault Case- PBI 2012
  • Justification and the Castle Doctrine-July 2012
  • Handling the Municipal Court Case- PBI 2008
Presentations

Presentations:

  • Defense of Aggravated Assault Case- November 17, 2012
  • Handling the Sexual Assault Case- PBI August, 2012
  • Justification and the Castle Doctrine-Pennsylvania Council of State Trial Judges, July 2012
  • Preservation and Presentation of Electronic Evidence in the Courtroom- December 10, 2011
  • Ethical Considerations for the Pennsylvania Criminal Lawyer-June 18, 2011
  • How to Litigate at DUI Case-Seminar Presentation- June 18, 2011
  • Nuts and Bolts of Handling Cases in Philadelphia Municipal Court Case- PBI April 14, 2007
Representative Cases

Representative Cases:

  • Commonwealth v SN – Prominent artist accused of rape- Jury trial acquittal on all charges-Montgomery County, PA
  • Commonwealth v JK – Woman accused of Aggravated Assault on police officer after she was tasered at her own home- Jury Trial acquittal on all charges-Montgomery County, PA
  • Commonwealth v DC – Man accused of homicide – Jury acquittal of all charges-Philadelphia, PA
  • Commonwealth v RM – Step-father accused of Rape during custody battle- acquitted of all charges-Philadelphia (numerous other acquittals with similar fact pattern)
  • Commonwealth v JZ – Defendant accused of DUI and striking a pedestrian while driving. Used accident reconstructionist to show pedestrian was at fault. All charges except the DUI dismissed. Philadelphia, PA
  • Commonwealth v SP – Defendant accused of assaulting guards and resisting state police at Harrah’s Casino acquitted of all charges- Delaware County, PA
  • Commonwealth v John Doe – Defendant, a cadet at Valley Forge Military Academy, charged with Aggravated Assault against his captain. Jury trial acquittal of all charges. Delaware County, PA
  • Commonwealth v AM – star basketball player accused of rape-all charges dismissed.

New Jersey

  • State v John Doe – Prominent businessman accused of rape of family member. Mr. Greenblatt used expert psychological testimony to show complainant’s mental disorder. Acquitted of all charges
  • State v KM -Alleged gang leader accused of shooting and gun possession acquitted of all charges.
  • State v VB – Defendant acquitted on appeal of DWI (numerous other DWI acquittals or reduced charges available upon request)
  • State v John Doe – Homicide by Boating DWI- All charges dismissed

Civil Rights Cases

  • John Doe v City of Philadelphia – Wrongful incarceration-15 year old wrongfully incarcerated for a year in jail- $450,000
  • JJ V city of Philadelphia – Excessive force-plaintiff shot by police during arrest- $1.5 million dollars.
  • RC v City of Philadelphia – wrongful arrest of 45 year old man accused of assaulting the police in his own home. $100,000
  • John Doe v City of Philadelphia – Excessive Force-Man arrested by police received wrist injury- $80,000
  • DE v. City of Philadelphia – Excessive Force- Philadelphia Police-$450,000
  • AB v City of Philadelphia – 17 year old juvenile struck in the head with a baton by police- $225,000
  • SP v Harrah’s Casino and Pennsylvania State Police – Confidential settlement of case where defendant arrested, and then acquitted of charges of assault against the state police and Harrah’s Casino
  • WR and SR v Delaware County Magisterial District Judge – $60,000 for abuse of power against a sitting judge in Delaware County
  • Numerous other civil rights verdicts and settlements available upon request

Employment Cases

  • $225,000 recovery for mid-level executive in automobile industry terminated by supervisor 20 years her junior and replaced by male 30 years younger
  • $250,000 recovery for public sector employee sexually harassed by public official
  • $700,000 recovery on behalf of a school administrator who reported fiscal and ethical improprieties
  • $750,000 settlement for terminated Executive who refused to compromise fiduciary duties
  • $1.6 million dollar settlement for University employees who blew the whistle on Title IX violations
  • $300,000 recovery for Executive replaced by less qualified decades younger manager even though client had arguably fully mitigated his damages
  • $440,000 recovery in age and gender discrimination case brought on behalf of two female electricians who were laid off during a company downsizing

Class and Collective Actions

  • $9 million dollar jury verdict for class of surgical technology students defrauded by proprietary school
  • $325,000 settlement for Jet’s Cheerleaders denied out-of- pocket expenses and deprived of wages for at-home rehearsals
  • $4.5 million dollar settlement for class of displaced renters who lost property due to fire damage