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Michael Dennis Matter

Criminal defense Attorney at Harrisburg, PA

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also known as Michael, Matter

  • Licensed for 24 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found

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With over twenty years of practicing law, Michael has a broad legal background and an in-depth experience in litigations. Michael is highly skilled and is diversely skilled in various branches of the law, making him a valuable asset to the firm. He demonstrates his dedication and unwavering commitment daily to protecting every client's rights and helps his clients seek the justice they deserve. He has experience in trial practices and superior communication skills, allowing his clients to feel confident and safe during their most vulnerable moments.

Michael earned his Juris Doctor from the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law and has been practicing since 2000, helping his clients solve their legal issues, no matter how complex or challenging they may be. His legal background includes criminal defense, labor and employment, civil rights, municipal law, land use, and zoning, landlord-tenant, workers' compensation, unemployment compensation, child support and custody, divorce, child dependency, personal injury, and insurance defense litigation. Michael began as an Assistant PD in Dauphin County until transitioning to private practice in 2002.

He primarily focuses his practice on family law defense, and child dependency. He develops creative litigation strategies to minimize and mitigate client liability/exposure to reach favorable outcomes and solutions.

A life-long south-central PA resident, Michael enjoys spending quality time with his two sons, Trenton and Joseph, his dog Loki and family and friends. He enjoys connecting with nature, spending vacations near the mountains or on a beach, playing golf, and hunting.

Michael demonstrates his devotion to clients daily, empathizing with each individual and their situation and establishing a professional and compassionate relationship. He thrives on expressing the same passion for representing all his clients and helps them feel prepared to face these sensitive moments together. He is an exceptional attorney who defends his clients with a remarkable courtroom presence, allowing them to feel comfortable during their most challenging times.


Law Office of Jason R. Carpenter
4800 Linglestown Rd Ste 104
Harrisburg, PA, 17112

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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Senior Associate Attorney
  • The Law Office of Jason R Carpenter
  • 2022 - Present
  • Ownner
  • Law Office of Michael Matter
  • 2007 - 2022
  • Senior Litigation Attorney
  • McShane Law Office
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Panel Attorney
  • United States Courts, Middle District Of Pennsylva
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Associate
  • Lavery, Faherty, Young & Patterson, P.C.
  • 2003 - 2006
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  • Dickinson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Labor and Industrial Relations
  • 1994


  • Dauphin County Bar Association
  • member
  • 2022 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Self Published
  • Victim to Victory
  • 2021
  • Self Published
  • A Roadmap to Your New Life
  • 2020
  • Dickinson Law Review
  • Manifestly Unreasonable: Misapplying the Essence Test Standard of Review of Arbitration Awards in Pennsylvania’s Public Sector – Are the Courts Abusing Their Discretion?,
  • 1999

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Family Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Matter is knowledgeable and compassionate. He relates well to his clients and works tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."

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Harrisburg Criminal defense Lawyer Michael Dennis Matter
Michael Dennis Matter
Criminal defense Attorney
Harrisburg, PA
Licensed for 24 years