Trenton C. Packer
Trent received his Bachelor's Degree with high honors from the University
of California at Berkeley. He received his law degree from the University
of Virginia. In eleven years of practice, Trent has handled hundreds of
cases in state and federal courts throughout California.
Trent spent three years practicing complex civil and criminal litigation
in the Reston, Virginia, Washington D.C., and San Diego, California offices
of Cooley Godward LLP, a prominent national law firm. While at Cooley,
Trent participated on the team that obtained a dismissal after two trials
for a former Arthur Andersen partner accused with conspiracy, securities
fraud, and wire fraud in connection with the financial reporting of Peregrine
Systems, a worldwide software company. At the time the case was tried,
it was considered the largest fraud in the history of the Southern District
of California. Trent also assisted in conducting various internal investigations
into allegations of fraud at private and public companies.
Trent left Cooley to join the nationally renowned Federal Defenders of
San Diego, Inc. At Federal Defenders, Trent handled hundreds of cases
in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.
Trent’s cases included drug trafficking, arms trafficking, robbery,
sex crimes, wire fraud, tax fraud, and human trafficking. Trent tried
numerous cases in the Federal trial courts and argued multiple times before
the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Trent then joined the preeminent California law firm of Best Best &
Krieger, where he developed an expertise in, among other things, California
Government Code section 1090, the Political Reform Act, and the Brown
Act. Trent participated in multiple internal investigations into allegations
of wrongdoing by public entities and public officials and was a member
of the firm’s public policy and ethics group, a group spearheaded
by former Riverside County District Attorney Grover Trask.
In 2014, Trent joined the Law Offices of Paul Grech, Jr. During his time
with the firm, Trent has handled hundreds of cases in appellate and trial
courts throughout Southern California. He has tried numerous cases in
California trial courts and argued multiple times before California’s
Fourth District Court of Appeal. Trent’s cases run the gamut from
simple misdemeanors to complex white collar and homicide cases. Trent
has also developed an expertise in civil rights litigation where he works
on behalf of clients who have been the victims of civil rights violations
by government actors.
Trent has participated in numerous trial practice programs, including the
National Criminal Defense College’s Advanced Cross Examination program,
the Federal CJA Trial Skills Academy, and Federal Defenders of San Diego,
Inc.’s trial practice program. Trent served on the Executive Board
of the Federal Bar Association in San Diego, California and was a member
of the Louis M. Welsh American Inn of Court. He is currently a member
of the Leo A. Deegan Inn of Court in Riverside.
Trent is passionate about practicing criminal defense and advocating on
behalf of victims of civil rights violations. He is a rising star in the
Southern California legal community. Trent has returned to his home town
of Riverside and we are proud to partner with him.