Michael J. Skinner

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


  • 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  • Third-degree murder withdrawn, reduced to aggravated assault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


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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


  • 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

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Placed into the ARD program.

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Best lawyer in Delaware County

He was extremely helpful and knowledgeable.

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Michael was able to give me clear guidance on my legal options and explained each step of the process.

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A top-notch attorney in West Chester.

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More than exceptional

He was very negotiable and understanding of my circumstances.

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Has a lot of knowledge and...

Mr Skinner always kept us updated about the case and was prompt with his responses.

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He’s worth every penny.

If you work with him, he will get you what you want/deserve.

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I am beyond grateful.

Going above and beyond for their clients is an understatement.

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A masterful defense lawyer

Michael Skinner and his staff made me completely comfortable and confident

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I am eternally grateful

Mike Skinner resolved this case in the best way possible, and I am eternally grateful for his advice and counsel.

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I am grateful he helped me.

Extensive experience with defending DUI’s and I saw this confidence in the courtroom.

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Mike’s attention to detail and professionalism put my mind at ease.

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I would highly recommend him.

I was nervous regarding my situation, but after a brief conversation describing my charges and the delicacy of my situation, Michael assured me he could easily handle this case.

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From day one I felt comfortable with him and confident that he would help me get the best outcome available.

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He was able to get me a lesser sentence and always treated me with respect throughout.

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He took me through everything step by step and charged me a fair price for his service.

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He was able to reduce my son’s sentence from a potentially harsh fine, loss of driving privileges or even jail time, down to a few community service hours.

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He is very informative and knowledgeable. I had no trouble contacting him to answer questions or give me advice.

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Recommend him 110 %

Working with Mr. Skinner has been a pleasure.

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