Lynette Carrington 2013-12-27 11:31:50
Prepared, organized, patient and understanding are all words that former clients of attorney Kyle Green have used to describe his service. Green practices primarily in the areas of criminal defense and employment law taking on cases involving everything from embezzlement, violent crimes and burglary to discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace. The urge to pursue a legal career found Green at an early age. “When I was in middle school, I read a John Grisham novel and the author describes the attorney as sitting in a big leather chair with leather-bound books in a bookcase behind him and a huge mahogany desk,” he stated. “I thought, ‘I want that job where I can sit in an environment like that.’” Green also interned with a couple of attorneys while he was still in high school, which really helped set the stage for his schooling in law. Green is originally from Nevada and received his Bachelor of Arts in political science at the University of Nevada in 2004 before continuing on to the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor. “When I graduated from law school, I got an ofter to go to Phoenix from the county attorney’s office and decided I wanted to try the desert out for a little while, so I came out here with my wife,” stated Green. From Criminal Prosecution to Criminal Defense Green’s time at the county attorney’s office taught him a wealth of information that has now propelled him forward in his own practice. “Everything that I know now I can attribute to learning it there. There are tricks of the trade that I know now that I didn’t know then, but my overall understanding of how the justice system works in Arizona and specifically the criminal justice system came from there,” Green said. He also cited the extensive trial experience he had at the county attorney’s office as being invaluable. “I could see what a good defense attorney was like when I was a prosecutor and now that I’m a defense attorney, I can see what a good prosecutor is like. I know both sides of the aisle now.” Important Cases Even early on his career, Green has some cases that stand out in mind. “I had a case that went to trial where my client was charged with money laundering and controlling an illegal enterprise,” Green stated. “We ended up losing the case in trial, but the reason the case stands out for me is because I had filed a motion beforehand to try and preclude some evidence and the trial court judge ruled against me on that. The appeal was handled by someone else and it was on the issues that I brought up that the case was overturned, so it made me feel good about the whole situation.” Green would also love to pursue more appeals; it’s where his true passion lies. “It’s a much more intriguing and fun experience for me to argue principles of law as opposed to going to trial and arguing facts,” stated Green. “I like to be able to direct an argument based on legal principles - it’s more intellectually challenging. I would love to grow my appeals practice and handle more cases. Ultimately, I would love it if a majority of my cases are appeals. You have the opportunity to make a real change at that point, if you get the right case in the right court.” Green also handles whistle blower cases. “Whistle blower laws in Arizona go down two different paths. There are separate rules and regulations for government and state employees versus private employees working for a company,” said Green. “The cases are few and far between because the statutes are so constricting as far as what constitutes being a whistle blower, but when I do get cases, they are very interesting.” Client Service When someone hires an attorney, Green understands how it can be so easy to feel like just another number or another file. “I try to steer clear of that. The people that I’m dealing with are actual people. They have lives, they have burdens and questions. So, I try to put a focus on servicing people instead of thinking of it like another file I have to deal with,” said Green. “The people I’m representing are normal people and some have made some very bad decisions and some have made some less serious decisions with lesser consequences, but they are people. They have lives, family and concerns.” He often hears back from his former clients on their life successes long after their legal challenges are over. Life Away From the Office When he’s not busy at his practice, Green is happily married with two young daughters. Spending so much time at the office makes family time that much more special. “I love to take my kids to the park or little things like watch movies together as a family. When I’m not at work, I need to make sure I’m devoting my time to them,” Green said. His girls are young enough that Green and his wife are still learning all the Disney films and characters. Green also loves a good game of golf. “I’m an avid golfer. It’s the most challenging game I’ve ever played,” he said. “Every time I play I’m challenged.” Job Satisfaction on His Own Terms In having his own law firm, Green is happy with the direction his practice is taking. “Probably the biggest thing that I love is the flexibility that I can have, the hours I work and number of cases I take. In a weird sort of way, I like the responsibility of it all,” Green stated. “The more pressure you put on yourself, I think certain people will rise to the top in certain circumstances and I like that pressure.” In looking toward the future, Green would like to add more attorneys at his practice. “I would love to have a small firm. I don’t ever want to become a huge firm where I need 20-30 attorneys, because then it’s too easy to become just another number or a file. I’d rather focus on my clients.”
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