Ben Norris 0000-00-00 00:00:00
Bruce Blumberg Downtown’s Go-To Criminal Defense Lawyer Bruce Blumberg isn’t simply on top of his game, he’s surpassing himself every day. In the field of criminal law, you’d be hard-pressed to find another attorney with a pristine peer rating and certified specialist designation. While not every case goes to trial, Blumberg is well-known for his courtroom advocacy and always ready to charge forward, even when it means working from dawn straight through to midnight. He thrives in trial. “It’s a fascinating mixture of acting and gun-slinging,” Blumberg says. “We are on the front lines here and Arizona has some of the most stringent criminal laws in the country.” With more than three decades of experience, Blumberg thrives in every aspect of criminal law, representing defendants charged with homicides, sex offenses, drug crimes, violent crimes, white collar crimes, domestic violence and DUI, just to name a few. His representation is sought after all over Arizona, from Phoenix and Tucson to Prescott and Flagstaff. Every attorney at Blumberg & Associates strives to offer the highest quality defense representation in the state. The attorneys at Blumberg & Associates are tough, efficient and know how to handle the high stakes pressure that comes with criminal law. Blumberg himself has handled the toughest cases, from serious violent felonies to death penalty cases – he’s not an easy man to rattle. Building a Practice Blumberg was born and raised in a Detroit suburb. While he didn’t have any lawyers in his family, he and his cousin Garry decided after high school they wanted to pursue a career in law. Blumberg studied pre-law during his undergrad years. His cousin would end up going into personal injury law, where he continues to practice today. Blumberg studied law at Thomas M. Cooley Law School after graduating Michigan State in 1976. At first, he was drawn to corporate and transactional law, so he pursed an LL.M in taxation from Wayne State University. After some time, Blumberg questioned whether corporate law was really the area for him. “I enjoyed substantial large transactional corporate law, like reverse triangular mergers and things like that,” Blumberg recalls. “But I didn’t want to just sit behind a desk for 30 years.” He packed up and came to the Valley, where there was an opening in the public defender’s office. It was exactly what he needed. Blumberg loved the pace of working criminal law. As it turned out, he had a knack for the area as well. “We were on the front line,” Blumberg said. “Most cases don’t result in trial, but when they do, you throw yourself in 100 percent. That’s a 7 a.m. to midnight proposition, no matter the size of the case.” That work ethic helped make Blumberg the go-to lawyer for all things murder, sex and drugs. He has been working major felony cases since 1988 and knows how to approach a case when his clients’ entire lives are on the line. He founded Blumberg & Associates in 1988 and moved into the Luhrs Tower, within striking distance of Superior Court, the County Attorney’s Office and what at the time was known as Madison Street jail. He wanted to be close to the action. Over the years Blumberg & Associates has handled a significant number of jury trials and even more bench trials for clients charged with felonies and misdemeanors. Numerous major felony cases have ended in acquittal since the firm opened its doors. Blumberg says being an evidence guru has been a key component in his success. Blumberg and his associates dove deep into cases, taking an investigative approach to ensure every aspect of a case is looked over from virtually every angle. “Devotion,” Blumberg says, is the other key ingredient. “I always tell my clients I cannot make any guarantees except that I will give you the best possible legal representation.” As someone who has represented several clients facing execution, Blumberg is staunchly against the death penalty. “I don’t think governments should be in the business of putting people to death,” Blumberg said. “Look at our colleagues in the death penalty arena: China, Iran and Saudi Arabia.” He also cites his Jewish heritage as a source of his views on the death penalty. Blumberg has spent many years studying the Holocaust and has been involved in bringing a Holocaust memorial to the Valley. Keeping Perspective “After a certain age, you have the ability to take yourself away from it,” Blumberg says about the high stakes of felony criminal law. His clients are often facing multiple years in prison, a life sentence or death. That puts a lot of pressure on any criminal defense attorney. For years, Blumberg has found peace through the practice of Okinawan Karate. He’s currently a black belt. “You don’t fight,” Blumberg said. “You just learn the art. It takes a lifetime to master.” He’s also a lifelong baseball fan and takes advantage of working downtown to catch a Diamondbacks game whenever possible. On weekends, a round of golf is usually in order. Blumberg’s family also helps him stay balanced. He has three children, two daughters and a son. His oldest daughter is a fashion model living in New York. His son is studying at Barrett Honors College at ASU, where he’s deciding whether to go into physics or law as a career. Blumberg’s other daughter lives at home with him.
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