Daniel Horowitz has a remarkable life and career. At age 16 he booked the band Fleetwood Mac to perform at a local University. He started his own audio/video company when he was at Hampshire College and he graduated with a degree in writing.
After college Horowitz went to law school, first at Boston University and then to Southwestern University in Los Angeles. He was a law clerk for the Honorable Robert K. Barber and became a licensed attorney in 1980. Horowitz is a licensed real estate broker and owned a real estate company. He has done SEC compliance work for a major New York broker-dealer.
First High Profile Clients
His colorful legal career took off early. His first clients included the Mitchell Brothers, pioneers of the adult entertainment industry. His high profile career was featured in a San Francisco Chronicle profile. Horowitz and private investigator Steve Gore brought down the corrupt Oakland Housing Authority police department. 60 Minutes covered the story in a segment titled “Bad Cops”.
Murder Trials – Criminal Defense Specialist
Horowitz established his practice in the city of Oakland, located in Alameda County, California. Oakland had one of the highest homicide and drug arrest rates in the country. Within just a few years, Horowitz had taken numerous drug sales and murder cases to trial. His extensive trial experience allowed Horowitz to be come the youngest member of the Alameda County death penalty panel. He later lectured at the CPDA/CACJ death penalty conference on the trial of a death penalty case.
Criminal Defense Specialist
Horowitz is one of only approximately 200 California lawyers certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization as a Criminal Defense Specialist. To obtain specialist certification a lawyer must pass a rigorous written examination, undergo peer review and review by the judiciary.
Representing Victims / Creative Motions
High profile cases and clients followed Horowitz. He gained a reputation for taking tough cases that seemed impossible to win. He obtained a win verdict for a court interpreter for the deaf who was raped by an Oakland Police officer. Until Horowitz took and won the case, the police department had rejected the interpreter’s report of rape and had maintained the officer on the police force. Read Gelfant Decision
Horowitz developed a reputation for creative legal strategies.
He pioneered new motions including those that later led to major changes in the law. His hybrid state/federal “Pitchess” motion, led to a flurry of similar motions that argued that police agencies and prosecutors had a legal obligation to disclose misconduct by police officers. Later case law supported Horowitz’s position.
His recent work in “People v. Gardner” resulted in a ground breaking appellate decision that changed the way death penalty cases are funded, leading to a sharp drop in California death penalty filings.
Television Legal Commentator
When the Scott Peterson trial grabbed the nation’s headlines, Horowitz was recruited by CNN and MSNBC to be a legal commentator on the case. He was a regular on the Nancy Grace show and on the Abrams Report. Post Verdict he was interviewed about the Peterson case on Larry King’s CNN Larry King Live and all major networks. When Nancy Grace got her show on HLN, Horowitz was a guest four of the first five shows and he was a regular on the program until it went off the air. You will still see Horowitz as a regular commentator for Associated Press, Television News, and on the Savage Nation radio show.
Prime Minister Pavel Lazarenko
Horowitz represented Ukraine Prime Minister Pavel Lazarenko defending him against charges of money laundering, and other white collar crimes. He spent two months in Ukraine, Turkey, Canada, Cyprus, Israel and The Netherlands while representing Prime Minister Lazarenko in defense of those White Collar criminal charges. Horowitz actually questioned witnesses in courts in Israel, Cyprus and The Netherlands.
Michael Jackson Trial – Legal Commentary
When Michael Jackson was on trial in Santa Maria, California, Horowitz was there, covering the case as a legal commentator for MSNBC. His “mock” closing argument done for the Abrams Report, can still be found on line.
Major Chiropractic Fraud Victory
Over 100 California Chiropractors were about to be arrested for performing a medical procedure that insurance companies wanted to end. It was called Manipulations Under Anesthesia (MUA) and Horowitz’ client was the first of 5 test cases to go to trial. Horowitz took the case to trial and the jury hung 10-2 for acquittal. Charges against his client were dropped. The other test cases were dismissed and the mass arrests of chiropractors never took place. He later sued the insurance company that was behind the prosecutions.
San Francisco Police “Videogate” (Defendings the Police Officers)
Since that time, Horowitz has represented police officers in San Francisco in the famous “Videogate” case which pitted the First Amendment right of police officers to make a comedy video for a Christmas party against the Mayor of San Francisco’s desire to politicize the issue to benefit his planned campaign for Governor. More recently, Horowitz represented a Police Lieutenant who was fired after blowing the whistle on rampant corruption. Fifteen wrongful convictions were set aside as a result of Horowitz’ work.
Personal Attorney for Michael Savage (The Savage Nation)
Daniel is known as a Libertarian and he is the personal attorney for conservative talk show host Michael Savage. He has represented Michael Savage in a variety of First Amendment cases including attempts by groups to silence him and to censor the content of his show. He represents David & Chris Gaubatz, the authors of the book the “Muslim Mafia” in another First Amendment case.
“The Bling Ring”
He represented Nick Prugo, the young man caught up in the so-called Hollywood “Bling Ring” case, where the homes of celebrities were targeted for burglary by teenagers.
Oksana Grigorieva (Against Mel Gibson) & Rachel Uchitel
Horowitz represented singer and songwriter, Oksana Grigorieva in her epic battle against Mel Gibson in the custody case involving their young daughter. He represented Rachel Uchitel in her dispute with the New York Post over an article that she alleged mischaracterized what she had said.
Physician Defense Lawyer
Horowitz’s White Collar practice has blossomed and in recent years he has represented over a dozen business people and physicians in cases that often arise because governmental agencies are seeking to find political scapegoats. One case involved a medical professional who treated an undercover police officer who tried to get her to falsify medical records. She “fired” the patient and did not bill for the services. Despite acting properly, she was arrested. Horowitz got all charges dismissed, just before trial.
Million Dollar Personal Injury Wins
In 2011, Horowitz and Fox News commentator / lawyer, Robert Massi, settled a truck vs. motorcycle wrongful death case where they were co-counsel for the family of the victim. He recently obtained a $ 2 million dollar award of damages and fees for a worker who had been wrongfully terminated for exposing fraud in a state office. In 2017 he settled an accident case for $ 3,000,000 on behalf of motorcyclist who was seriously injured in a car accident.
Horowitz continues to be in trial on a regular basis. He has a top team of battle hardened lawyers and experienced paralegals. As team leader, Horowitz is personally involved and personally responsible for your case.