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Michael DeMatt

Michael DeMatt

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Litigation

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About Me

   I've been practicing in Western Pennsylvania since 2000, after my wife brought me north from law school.


     I was raised in Newark, Delaware, attending the Univeristy of Delaware.  Prior to college, I worked for a couple years as a draftsman for a small engineering firm in Newport, Delaware, just outside of Wilmington.  After graduating from college, I worked at Kaplan as an instructor for standardized test preparation.  I taught courses for the SAT, GRE, and LSAT.  I then went to law school at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. 


     While in law school, I did two internships: one with the Public Defender's office in Baltimore, Maryland, and another with the local Public Defender in Virginia.  For each of these I had the opportunity to sit through a murder trial, assisting the Public Defender in the defense.  I also worked as a research assistant to Professor Louise Halper prior to my last year of law school.


     After moving north to Greensburg, I worked for a year in Pittsburgh for a small plaintiff's firm, suing life insurance companies for fraudulent and deceptive practices.  I then accepted a position at Berk, Whitehead, Kerr and Turin in August 2001, where I've been ever since.


     While at Berk Whitehead, I've had the opportunity to try several criminal jury trials, which have included an acquittal in Federal Court in a case where my client was accused of selling counterfeit software to the U.S. Army.  I've also had two jury trial acquittals for the same client in the span of two months. 

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Languages Spoken: Italian, English

Practice Areas

Licensed since 2000

  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. Personal Injury: 30%
  3. Litigation: 20%

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • James A. Horchak

    Mike is a well respected lawyer in the legal community and dedicated to his clients and the legal profession.

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    James Horchak Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Kenneth B. Burkley

    I endorse this lawyer's work. As solicitor for a large municipal authority I worked with Michael as he primarily dealt with various parties in a large litigation involving multiple plaintiffs & defendants. The claims alleged were in excess of $6 million. Michael was able to resolve the litigation in a manner very acceptable to the municipal authority

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    Kenneth Burkley Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Turin & DeMatt, P.C.

115 North Main Street
Greensburg, PA, 15601

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
PAActive200005/31/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
ShareholderTurin & DeMatt, P.C.2014 - Present
AttorneyBerk Whitehead Kerr & Turin, PC2001 - 2013
N/ABehrend & Ernsberger2000 - 2001

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Westmoreland County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
United States v. SherbondyAcquittal after Jury Trial
Commonwealth v. BoyerAcquittal after jury trial
Commonwealth v. Allen (I)Acquittal after jury trial

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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington and Lee University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of DelawareN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1995