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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.
Languages spoken: Italian, English
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Kenneth Burkley, Criminal defense Attorney
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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
|Shareholder||Turin & DeMatt, P.C.||2014 - Present|
|Attorney||Berk Whitehead Kerr & Turin, PC||2001 - 2013|
|N/A||Behrend & Ernsberger||2000 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Westmoreland County Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member||2001 - Present|
|Commonwealth v. Moore||Acquittal after Jury Trial|
|In re D.P.||Child abuse records expunged|
|Commonwealth v. Wilson||Acquittal after Jury trial|
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|Washington and Lee University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2000|
|University of Delaware||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1995|