James A. Funt

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt and Flores, LLC
 | 123 South Broad Street, Suite 2500
Philadelphia, PA 19109
Phone: 215-735-1600
Fax: 215-665-0449
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

James A. Funt is a founding partner at Greenblatt, Pierce, Engle Funt & Flores, a nationally recognized law firm with offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Haddonfield, New Jersey. Mr. Funt practices in the areas of blue collar and white collar criminal defense, civil rights, and plaintiffs-side class-action lawsuits and employment discrimination.

Mr. Funt earned his J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, where he received several accolades for his excellence in trial advocacy. In the early 1990s, he served as an advocate for workers' rights while living in Mexico. He remains fluent in Spanish and maintains a strong Hispanic clientele in the tri-state area.

Mr. Funt is an accomplished litigator who has tried numerous complex cases before state and federal courts in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Previously, he worked as a trial attorney with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, where he gained significant trial experience. He was also involved in investigating and exposing civil liberty abuses by law enforcement. Mr. Funt then joined the area's premier labor and employment law firm, where he represented unions and employees in complex cases.

Today, Mr. Funt retains strong ties with prominent unions in the tri-state area including the Philadelphia Fire Fighters. He has been involved in a number of highly publicized employment and criminal cases since the firm's founding.

Mr. Funt currently serves as chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association. He frequently lectures on criminal law topics and trial techniques through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

Practice Areas
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Criminal Defense (100%)


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Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019

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About James Funt

Admitted: 1994, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: http://www.gpeff.com/ourattorneys/james-funt/


  • Teaching Assistant, Integrated Trial Advocacy Program, Temple University School of Law
  • Victor A. Jazcun Award for excellence in trial advocacy, Temple University School of Law
  • Young Lawyer’s Fellow, Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Founder, Temple Court School Victim Witness Program, Temple University School of Law
  • Founder, Temple Student Public Interest Network (Spin), Temple University School of Law
  • Distinguished Class Performance, Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Political & Civil Rights, Temple University School of Law
  • American Jurisprudence Award (Best Paper), Contracts II., Temple University School of Law
  • Mark Craig Jacob Award for outstanding contributions to the Temple Legal Aid Office, Temple University School of Law
  • Barrister Award, Trial Advocacy I, Advanced Trial Advocacy, Temple University School of Law
  • “Friend of Philadelphia Fire Fighter’s Achievement Award.”, 2010

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified SCUBA diver, certified CPR

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Philadelphia Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Executive Committee of the Criminal Section, Philadelphia Bar Association
  • United States District Court For the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Member, Philadelphia Bar Association Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention
  • New Jersey Supreme Court, 1996
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court, 1994
  • United States District Court For the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1998
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Member, The Camden County Bar Association
  • Member, The Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey
  • Member, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, Defender Association of Philadelphia Alumni Association
  • Master, Philadelphia Inn of Criminal Court
  • Chair, Criminal Justice Section, Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Member, Philadelphia Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Staff Organizer, Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group, Worcester, MA, 1989 - 1990
  • Project Coordinator, Los Ninos Development Organization, Tijuana, Mexico, 1990 - 1991
  • Intern, Prisoner Assistance Project, Baltimore Legal Aid Bureau, Baltimore, MD, Winter, 1989

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Frequent Lecturer, Issues Ranging from Trial Strategy, Cross Examination, and Criminal Practice, Philadelphia Courts, Philadelphia Bar Institute
  • Editor, Environmental & Technology Journal, Colgate University and Temple University School of Law
  • Frequent Lecturer, Issues Ranging, Fundamental Practice of Criminal Law, Effective Cross Examination and Trial Techniques, Developing Case Theories, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • “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
  • Panel Presenter, Cross Examination in the Movies, Pennsylvania Bart Institute, 2008
  • Course Planner, Sentencing in Pennsylvania State Courts, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2013
  • Professor Daniel Silverman – Sexual Assault Cases in Philadelphia, Temple University Guest Lecturer, 2012
  • Moderator, Criminal Practice in Philadelphia Municipal Court, Philadelphia Bench Bar Conference, 2011
  • Panel Presenter, Case & Trial Theory - “A few Good Men” a Case Study, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2009
  • Moderator, Nuts & Bolts of Criminal Practice in Philadelphia Municipal Court, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2011
  • Faculty & Presenter, Fundamentals of a Criminal Law Practice, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2010


  • 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

Educational Background:

  • National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) – Ocean Survival and the Colorado Outward Bound Survival School – Alpine Mountaineering
  • Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, B.A., in Political Science, May, 1989
  • Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, PA, J.D., May, 1994
  • Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, Middle Eastern politics and religious existentialism, 1987
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Office Location for James A. Funt

123 South Broad Street
Suite 2500
Philadelphia, PA 19109

Phone: 215-735-1600

Fax: 215-665-0449

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