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 fifteen 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 Grech & Packer, Jr. Trent was named a partner in 2018. During his time with the firm, Trent has handled hundreds of criminal 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 criminal cases run the gamut from simple misdemeanors to complex white-collar and homicide cases. Trent’s trial successes include full acquittals of all life counts in an attempted murder case, a full acquittal of all charges in a rape case against a member of the United States Marine Corps, a voluntary manslaughter jury verdict and probation sentence for a client charged with first-degree murder, and a dismissal of all charges after an 11-1 verdict for acquittal in a sexual battery case.
Trent has also successfully negotiated dispositions in some of Riverside County’s largest fraud cases. For example, Trent helped negotiate a misdemeanor resolution in a case alleging fraud and multiple strikes in which the client faced over a decade in state prison. Trent also helped negotiate a probation resolution for a client charged as part of a $123 million insurance fraud scheme.
In addition to his expertise in handling high-stakes litigation, Trent is also an experienced civil rights attorney. He works on behalf of clients who have been the victims of civil rights violations by government actors. Trent’s cases range from police brutality, excessive force, and wrongful arrest cases to lawsuits challenging the use of force within jails and prison facilities. Through aggressive litigation and negotiation, Trent has reached millions in settlements for the victims of government misconduct.
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 and 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. Trent has established himself as an aggressive litigator in both criminal and civil courts throughout Southern California.