Michael J. Skinner is the founder of Skinner Law Firm and has been practicing criminal law for many years. As a former Assistant District Attorney in Chester County, Michael has handled various types of criminal cases, including DUI cases, drug charges, violent crimes, and homicide cases. His insight into how the criminal justice system works and how prosecutors think is valuable to successfully defending any criminal case.
Before deciding to open his own criminal defense firm, Michael spent several years working for the Chester County District Attorney’s (DA’s) Office. He began working as an intern during law school, but upon graduation and demonstration of a high level of talent and knowledge, he was quickly promoted to Assistant District Attorney.
Through this position, he handled hundreds of criminal cases in a variety of practice areas and prosecuted numerous DUI cases. Before his time at the DA’s office, Michael gained significant criminal defense experience working for a private law firm.
Prior to attending college, Michael – a Pennsylvania native, spent several years working as an arborist in his father’s tree business, where he learned the values of hard work and responsibility. He was born and raised in Delaware County, and has been living in Chester County since 2001.
Bar Admissions United States District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2008 Pennsylvania, 2007 New Jersey, 2007
Education Widener University School of Law, J.D., 2007 West Chester University of Pennsylvania, 2003
Notable Verdicts/Settlements Man acquitted of murder, not guilty on all charges Third-degree murder withdrawn, reduced to aggravated assault Aggravated assault dismissed, reduced to summary offense DUI dismissed, charges dismissed for lack of evidence Chemical test refusal dismissed, DUI refusal suspension overturned Felony rape and kidnapping dismissed, charges reduced Felony sex crimes dismissed, all charges dismissed
Honors And Awards Main Line Today Magazine, Top Lawyers, 2015 – 2019 Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Selectee, 2017 National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2015 – 2017 American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, 10 Best for Client Satisfaction, 2015 American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys, 10 Best for Client Satisfaction, 2015 Chester County District Attorney’s Office, Appreciation of Service and Dedication, 2011
Professional Associations & Memberships National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 2015 – Present American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, Member, 2015 American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys, Member, 2015 National College for DUI Defense, Member, 2015 – Present Rotary Club of West Chester, Member, 2015 – 2018 Better Business Bureau, Member, 2013 – 2015 Chester County Bar Association, Young Lawyer’s Division – Past Secretary-Elect, 2012 Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 2011 – Present Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member, 2007 – Present Chester County Bar Association, Member, 2007 – Present American Bar Association, Member, 2007 – Present
Publications PRWEB , Supreme Court to Decide if Dissipation of Alcohol in Bloodstream is Exigent Circumstances, 2013 PRWEB , Sexual Offenses and Penalties in Pennsylvania Among Recent Sex Abuse Allegations, 2012 PRWEB, Pennsylvania Sexting Law Goes into Effect, 2012 PRWEB, Medical Marijuana Legislation Recently Proposed in Pennsylvania , 2011
Work Experience Skinner Law Firm, LLC, Founder, 2011 – Present Chester County District Attorney’s Office, Assistant District Attorney, 2006 – 2011 Delaware Civil Clinic, Trial Counsel, 2006 Goldberg, Meanix & Muth, Legal Assistant, 2003 – 2004