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As a former Assistant District Attorney, Michael Skinner has tried hundreds of criminal defense and DUI cases in Chester County. This experience prosecuting cases in Chester County has helped Michael gain a deep understanding of common tactics used by prosecutors. He uses this knowledge to defend the futures of men, women, and minors charged with alleged crimes in Chester County, Delaware County, Lancaster County, and Montgomery County.


Michael focuses exclusively on criminal defense cases. This includes a variety of practice areas, including DUI (Driving Under the Influence), Juvenile Offenses in West Chester, Marijuana Charges, Domestic Violence, Weapons Charges, Violent Crimes, Theft and Property Crimes and much more.


Chester county criminal defense attorney Michael Skinner is dedicated to creating strong relationships with clients. This means more than just an aggressive representation. By truly understanding their unique situations, he draws out additional details that may also have an impact on the case. He makes every effort to educate clients on the charges they face, the criminal court process, and how each of their legal options can impact their lives.


Michael grew up in Delaware County and has spent the last 8 years living and working in Chester County. After obtaining a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Widener University School of Law, Michael went on to work for the Chester County District Attorney's Office. His knowledge, work ethic, and tactics were quickly recognized and he was promoted to Assistant District Attorney.


In his spare time, Michael enjoys adventure activities such as biking, hiking, and dirt bike riding. He is an avid fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, and Flyers. 


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    9 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 50%
    9 years



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  • Eric Trajtenberg

    Mike is a talented criminal defense trial lawyer; I endorse him as a fellow lawyer in the community.


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Contact info

Skinner Law Firm, LLC

15 West Gay Street, 1st Floor
West Chester, PA, 19380

Skinner Law Firm, LLC

200 W. Baltimore Avenue
2nd Floor
Media, PA, 19063



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
10 Best for Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
10 Best for Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2015
Main Line Today - Top Lawyers 2015Main Line Today Magazine2015
Apprecation of Service and DedicationChester County District Attorney's Office2011
Moe Levine Trial Advocacy Honor SocietyWidener University School of Law2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderSkinner Law Firm, LLC2011 - Present
Assistant District AttorneyChester County District Attorney’s Office2006 - 2011
Trial CounselDelaware Civil Clinic2006 - 2006
Legal AssistantGoldberg, Meanix & Muth2003 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Rotary Club of West ChesterMember2015 - Present
National College for DUI DefenseMember2015 - Present
American Institute of DUI/DWI AttorneysMember2015 - Present
American Institute of Criminal Law AttorneysMember2015 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2015 - Present
Better Business BureauMember2013 - 2015
Chester County Bar AssocationYoung Lawyer's Division - Past Secretary Elect2012 - 2012
Pennsylvania Assocation of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2011 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Chester County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Man Aquitted of MurderNot Guilty on All Charges
Felony Sex Crimes DismissedAll Charges Dismissed
DUI DismissedDUI Charges Dismissed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Widener University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
West Chester University of PennsylvaniaCriminal JusticeBS - Bachelor of Science2003
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Friendship Elementary School"Going to Court" Program2013
Lionville Elementary School"Going to Court" Program2012