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J. Michael Sheldon

About me


I am a graduate of Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where I served as a research assistant to tenured faculty and was named a Teaching Fellow as well as Who's Who Among Law Students. I am admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Middle District-Pennsylvania, and all Pennsylvania Courts. 

I am a former assistant district attorney and have been honored by the Central Pennsylvania readers of Harrisburg Magazine by being named Reader’s Choice – Criminal Attorney for three consecutive years, and recently as Reader's Choice -- Family Law. 

I am a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and of the Dauphin County Bar Association, having served three terms as a member of the Board of Directors. During my third term, I was elected as an officer of the Board and will become President of the Board of Directors of the Dauphin County Bar Association in 2016. 

I have been a guest lecturer at The Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law and have guest-lectured Magisterial District Judge continuing legal education. I have been named to Who's Who in American Law 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012 and 2013-2014 editions.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    17 years
  2. Family: 35%
    17 years
  3. DUI & DWI: 20%
    17 years
  4. Entertainment: 5%
    17 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Mark V. Clay

    I highly endorse Mr. Sheldon. Very knowledgeable and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact him for help.


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  • Abraham B. Cardenas

    I always rate an attorney by whether I would use him or her if I had an issue where I needed legal help. Attorney Sheldon is that attorney that I would turn to without hesitation. He is dedicated, knowledgeable and will fervently advocate for his client. I wholeheartedly endorse him.


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Contact info

The Law Office of J. Michael Sheldon

5821 Linglestown Road
Suite 212
Harrisburg, PA, 17112


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Ten for Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Family Law Attorneys2015
Select Lawyer - Highest Regard by PeersSusquehanna Style Magazine2015
Reader's Choice -- Family LawCentral PA Magazine2014
Top ContributorAvvo2014
Reader's Choice -- Criminal LawCentral PA Magazine2010
Reader's Choice -- Criminal LawCentral PA Magazine2009
Reader's Choice -- Criminal LawCentral PA Magazine2008
Select Lawyers - HighestSusquehanna Style MagazineN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of J. Michael Sheldon2005 - 2015
AttorneyCostopoulos, Foster & Fields2001 - 2005
Assistant District AttorneyYork County District Attorney's Office1999 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Dauphin County Bar AssociationPresident of the Board of Directors2016 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Dauphin County Bar AssociationMember of the Board of DirectorsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg PALawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawJournalism & Public RelationsMA - MastersN/A
Pennsylvania State UniversityPublic PolicyBS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A
Harrisburg Area Community CollegePolice ScienceAA - Associate DegreeN/A