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James A. Funt - Philadelphia, PA

1339 Chestnut StreetSuite 500 Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Updated: 02/03/2022

Philadelphia Blue Collar and White Collar Criminal Defense Lawyer


James A. Funt is a founding partner at Weir Greenblatt Pierce LLP, specializing in blue collar and white collar criminal defense, civil rights, and plaintiff's side employment discrimination matters.

Mr. Funt is currently the 2015 Co-Chair of the Criminal Justice Section(CJS) of the Philadelphia Bar Association. He also serves on the Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors as well as the Association's Commission of Judicial Selection and Retention...

About James A. Funt

Practice Areas

  • Blue Collar and White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Discrimination -- Plaintiff

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Founding Partner, since 2002


  • Spanish


Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1994
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Other Affiliations

  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section(CJS), 2015 - Present (Co-Chair)
  • Philadelphia Bar Association (Board of Governors, 2014)
  • Philadelphia Commission of Judicial Selection & Retention, 2013 - Present
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section(CJS) (Chair, 2013)
  • Executive Committee, Criminal Justice Section, 2012 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL), Philadelphia Chapter
  • 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 Camden County Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association Task Force, appointed by Chancellor Kathleen Wilkinson, 2013


  • Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1994
  • Colgate University, 1989

Past Positions

  • Willig, Williams, and Davidson, 1997

Classes and Seminars

  • Presenter, PBI CLE “a morning with my cousin vinny”: A discussion on case presentation, January 2016
  • Guest Lecture for Professor Silverman every year, 2014 and 2015 on sexual assault cases
  • Panelist and Course Planner, Pennsylvania Criminal Law Updates, 2014
  • CLE Panelist on Presenting your Case and Developing Case Theory, 2014
  • Course Planner, Pennsylvania Bar Institute 2013 Criminal Law Updates
  • Course Planner, Sentencing in Pennsylvania State Courts, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2013
  • Guest Lecturer for Professor Daniel Silverman – Sexual Assault Cases in Philadelphia, Temple University, 2012 - 2013
  • Moderator, Criminal Practice in Philadelphia Municipal Court, Philadelphia Bench Bar Conference, 2011
  • 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
  • Panel Presenter, Case & Trial Theory – “A few Good Men” a case study, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2009
  • Panel Presenter, Cross Examination in the Movies, Pennsylvania Bart Institute, 2008
  • Course Planner, State Wide Sentencing Practice, PBI CLE, 2015


Other Sources of Feedback About James A. Funt

Included on the 2023 Pennsylvania list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list

View the profile for James A. Funt on Super Lawyers


  • 2013 Pro Bono Publico Award, First Judicial District of Philadelphia
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer 2013 & 2014
  • 2010 “Friend of Philadelphia Fire Fighter’s Achievement Award”
  • Perfect 10.0 Rating from AVVO
  • 2014 National Trial Lawyers top 100 Trial Lawyers

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Office Information


1339 Chestnut StreetSuite 500 Philadelphia, PA 19107


  • (215) 665-8464



  • “Gideon’s Elusive Dream” The Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine, Winter 2014 Vol. 76, No.4
    Guest Columnist writing about the state of the right to counsel in the wake of the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainright, the landmark Supreme Court decision that guaranteed all criminal defendants the right to competent counsel
  • “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)

Representative Cases

  • Gideon vs. Wainwright
  • Commonwealth Michael McMahon (MM) (2015)
  • Commonwealth vs. Jared Cagle (JC) (2015)
  • Commonwealth vs. Plasard Alvarez (PA) (2015)
  • Commonwealth vs. Kareem Alleyne (KA) (2014)
  • Commonwealth vs. Robrena Perry (RP) (2014)
  • Commonwealth vs. Joe Harvey (JH) (2014)
  • Commonwealth vs. Richard Ostriak (RO) (2014)
  • Commonwealth vs. Josiah Swing (JS) (2014)
  • Liberty One vs. ISUPK (2014)
  • Commonwealth vs. J.W (2014)
  • Commonwealth vs. PMO (2013)
  • Commonwealth vs. GS (2013)
  • Commonwealth vs. ADP (2013)
  • Commonwealth vs. RS (2013)
  • Commonwealth vs. RP (2013)
  • Commonwealth vs. RG (2013)
  • Commonwealth vs. AD (2013)
  • Commonwealth vs. WA (2013)
  • Commonwealth vs. HG (2012)
  • Commonwealth vs. TC (2012)
  • Commonwealth vs. AT (2012)
  • Commonwealth vs JJ (2011)
  • Commonwealth vs. CJ (2011)
  • Helpin vs. UPENN (2009)
  • Commonwealth vs. MB (2008)
  • Commonwealth vs. MS (2006)
  • United States v. CD (2006)
  • Commonwealth vs. JD (2006)

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