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Virginia M. Blumenthal

Virginia Blumenthal

VIRGINIA M. BLUMENTHAL has practiced criminal defense law in Riverside, California, for more than 40 years. In 1975, Ms. Blumenthal, a former Riverside school teacher, opened the first woman-owned law firm in Inland Southern California. Today, she is one of the most recognized litigators in California. Her team of attorneys at Blumenthal Law Offices is devoted exclusively to providing the best possible defense to the accused.

The National Trial Lawyers recently named Ms. Blumenthal one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the United States, and U.S. News and World Report has listed Blumenthal Law Offices as a Top Ranking Law Firm in the nation. Ms. Blumenthal has been selected by her peers again in 2016 for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America – an honor she has held for more than 30 years.

In 2015, Ms. Blumenthal received the James H. Krieger Meritorious Service Award for outstanding community service — the highest honor bestowed by the Riverside County Bar Association. Also in 2015, she was named the 2014 Citizen of the Year by the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce. In 2010, Ms. Blumenthal was honored as Riverside County Woman of the Year by the California Legislature. Ms. Blumenthal has also been named “One of the Best Women Litigators in California,” one of the “Most Influential Attorneys in the State of California,” “One of the Best Lawyers in San Bernardino & Riverside Counties” and “Super Lawyer in California.” The leading national attorney directory, Martindale-Hubbell, rates Ms. Blumenthal “AV Preeminent” — the highest possible rating for professional excellence.

In November 2014, Ms. Blumenthal was elected to her third term on the Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees, where she has long served as President. She has served as President of the Riverside County Philharmonic, is one of the founders of the Riverside County High School Mock Trial program, and is a founding director for the Riverside Police Foundation.

She has received many awards for her extensive volunteer contributions to the community, including the distinguished Gold Key Award from Soroptimist International of Riverside, the ATHENA Award for outstanding community service, the YWCA Women of Achievement Award, an honorary life member award from the Fraternal Order of Police Riverside Lodge 8, and the NAACP Law & Justice Award.

Ms. Blumenthal’s work has been recognized by the President of the United States, the Governor of California, the Mayor of Riverside, the California Legislature, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, and the Riverside City Council. She is mother of 4 children and grandmother to 7 grandchildren.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • White Collar Crimes
  • All Aspects of Criminal Law

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • California, 1975

EDUCATION

  • California Southern Law School, Riverside, California
    • J.D., 1975
  • California State Northridge
    • M.A., 1971
  • California State Northridge
    • B.A., 1970

HONORS, AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Received the James H. Krieger Meritorious Service Award, the highest honor of the Riverside County Bar Association, 2015
  • Named Citizen of the Year, Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, 2014
  • Received an Honorary Life Member Award from the Fraternal Order of Police, Riverside, Lodge 8, 2014
  • Named Riverside County Woman of the Year, California Legislature, 2010
  • Received the NAACP Law & Justice Award, 2009
  • Received the YWCA Women of Achievement “Person Who Makes a Difference” Award, 2008
  • Received the Gold Key Award, Soroptimist International of Riverside, 2007
  • Received the ATHENA Leadership Award for outstanding community service, 2004
  • Opened the first female-owned law firm in Riverside and San Bernardino counties
  • Rated AV Preeminent, the highest possible rating for professional excellence, by the nation’s leading national attorney directory, Martindale Hubbell
  • Named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the United States by the National Trial Lawyers
  • Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America – an honor she has held for more than 30 years
  • Named one of the “77 best female litigators in California” by Los Angeles Daily Journal, the San Francisco Daily Journal and the Sacramento Daily Recorder
  • Named on of the “Best Lawyers in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties” by Inland Empire Magazine
  • Named a Top Ranking Law Firm (Blumenthal Law Offices) in the nation by U.S. News and World Report
  • Named “One of the Best Women Litigators in California,” one of the “Most Influential Attorneys in the State of California,” “One of the Best Lawyers in San Bernardino & Riverside Counties” and “Super Lawyer in California”
  • Elected to three terms on the Riverside Community College Board of Trustees; currently serves as Board President
  • Board member and past president of the Riverside County Philharmonic
  • Volunteer with the Riverside County Spelling Bee (Head Judge since 1977)
  • Volunteer and founder of the Riverside County High School Mock Trial Program – helped bring the program to Riverside
  • Founding governor who helped establish the Riverside Community College Friends of Forensics, to help students learn to speak in front of audiences
  • Founding director of the Riverside Police Foundation
  • Honorary coach of the UCR girl’s basketball team

CLASSES/SEMINARS

  • Guest Lecturer, "People Who Make a Difference," Riverside County

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