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Attorney Emkey is a lifelong resident of Berks County. After graduating from Holy Name High School, Mr. Emkey went to Alvernia College where he majored in Criminal Justice. While attending Alvernia College, Mr. Emkey was a member and President of the St. Thomas More Honor Society, Alpha Phi Sigma (National Criminal Justice Honor Society), and was an All-American Scholar. Mr. Emkey graduated cum laude.


Upon earning his undergraduate degree, Mr. Emkey earned his Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law. At Widener Law, Mr. Emkey was a member of the Harrisburg Civil Law Clinic and also participated in the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program.

Following his passion for criminal law and litigation, Mr. Emkey found his success as a Berks County Assistant District Attorney, where he spent the majority of his time in the courtroom prosecuting major criminal cases. In total, Attorney Emkey prosecuted hundreds of cases ranging from child sexual abuse, rape cases, felony gun and drug cases, burglary, and aggravated assault. Attorney Emkey quickly gained the reputation of being an aggressive yet compassionate attorney.


Although Attorney Emkey enjoyed the public position of the District Attorney's office, he felt his skills could be better utilized by helping people in the private sector, therefore, he joined the law firm of Sodomsky and Nigrini where he practiced criminal defense. While at Sodomsky and Nigrini, Mr. Emkey defended hundreds of clients in over 15 counties (in PA) with charges ranging from summary offenses to attempted murder.


In 2009, Attorney Emkey started his own law firm based on the principles that people's rights come first and that a law firm should be primarily committed to the client. 


Mr. Emkey is a member of both the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Mr. Emkey was an Adjunct Professor at Alvernia College in 2008, teaching Criminal Law. He has also spoken at numerous events and functions in Berks County. Attorney Emkey is a member of the Berks County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the American Bar Association.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
    9 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 40%
    9 years



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    I endorse attorney Emkey. Dan is a hard-working and intelligent criminal defense attorney. He will take the time necessary to successfully litigate a case and achieve results. I have worked against attorney Emkey on various cases and he always brings his heart and litigation skills to every case he handles for his clients.


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Emkey Law Firm
12 N 6th St
Reading, PA, 19601


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All-American ScholarAll-American ScholarN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorAlvernia College2008 - 2008
Associate AttorneySodomsky and Nigrini Law Office2007 - 2009
Assistant District AttorneyBerks County District Attorney's Office2006 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A2013 - Present
Criminal Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A2013 - Present
Berks County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationN/AN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/AN/A
Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Harassment Summary TrialNot Guilty
Harassment Summary TrialNot Guilty
Facing State Time Serving County SentenceN/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Widener University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
Alvernia CollegeCriminal JusticeBA - Bachelor of Arts2003
Speaking engagements
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