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Matthew Michael McClenahen

About me

Matt McClenahen grew up in Mifflin County, PA, and graduated from Penn State University in 1994, and the Dickinson School of Law in 1997.  McClenahen learned the art of criminal defense while serving as a trial attorney at the busy York County Public Defenders Office, where he quickly devleoped a reputation as a formidable presence in the courtroom.  McClenahen returned to Happey Valley in 2006 and founded McClenahen Law Firm.  McClenahen concentrtaes his practice almost exclusively in the area of criminal defense. Most of McClenahen's clients are college students, and he fully understands the collateral consequnces, which a criminal conviction may entail for a student.   


Languages spoken: English, German, Russian

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
    15 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 24%
    15 years
  3. Speeding Ticket: 1%
    18 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Brian Vincent Manchester

    I have known Matt for years and he is an extremely competent lawyer who is dedicated to his clients. In fact his office is near mine and he practices in the some of the same areas that I do. That does not matter to me because I have no problem endorsing him because I have seen him in action and he is extremely good. The people who hire him are in good hands.


    Brian Manchester Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Flora Sweeney

    I endorse this lawyer. Matt is a dedicated criminal defense attorney.


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Contact info

McClenahen Law Firm

315 South Allen Street Allenway Building Suite 321
Suite 321
State College, PA, 16801


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerMcClenahen Law Firm2006 - Present
Public DefenderYork County Public Defender's Office2001 - 2006
ClerkHonorable Timothy S. Searer, Mifflin County Court of Common Pleas1998 - 2000
AttorneyLaw Office of Ron Turo1997 - 1998
Legal InternLegal Services, Inc.1996 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyersmember2008 - Present
Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyersmember2006 - Present
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana LawsCommittee Member2006 - Present
Centre County Bar Associationmember2006 - Present
Pennsylvania County Bar Associationmember1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Commonwealth v. MazzettiSupreme Court ruled in favor of defendant
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Publication nameTitleDate
BlogIn Drug Cases, The First to Squeal Gets the Deal2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Pennsylvania State University, University Park (main campus)GermanBS - Bachelor of Science1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Pennsylvania Criminal ProcedurePennsylvania Criminal Procedure2015
Centre County Inns of CourtEvidence in Criminal Law2014
Centre County Bar Association Bench Bar DayObscure Crimes2013
Live BroadcastsJerry Sandusky Trial Analyst2012
Introduction to Criminal Law Class. Guest LecturerThe Art of Jury Selection2012