Michael Skinner

Skinner Law Firm, LLC
15 W Gay St Ste 1St
West Chester, PA 19380
(610) 436-1410
www.skinnerlawfirm.net


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Third-degree murder withdrawn, reduced to aggravated assault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