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Michael Victor Marinaro

Criminal defense Attorney at Lancaster, PA

4.8   45 reviews

Licensed for 28 years

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Michael Marinaro is a practicing attorney and Managing Partner of the Marinaro Law Firm, a top-rated legal services provider located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Prior to embarking on his professional path, Michael attended the City University of New York, (CUNY) – John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he earned a degree in Forensic Science, with honors, Elon University, where he majored in Chemistry, and the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he completed his Juris Doctor (JD).


An elite attorney with over twenty-five (25) years of experience within the legal field as a private attorney, Michael is admitted to practice in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Over the course of his career, Michael has gained substantial and diverse expertise within the areas of criminal defense, DUI/DWI, family law, divorce, child support and custody. Michael is a trial-tested criminal defense and family law attorney. As a former forensic scientist/expert witness with the State Police for ten (10) years, combined with his years as a private attorney, he has been able to provide clients with the necessary skills and determination to win their case. He has handled thousands of cases as a criminal defense attorney and successfully litigated numerous criminal cases to juries with the outcome of an acquittal.


To further his professional development, Michael maintains active memberships with the National Trial Lawyers Association, Lancaster Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, New Jersey Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

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Licensed for 28 years
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 1994
Updated 12/04/2022
State NJ
Status Administrative - Not authorized to practice
Acquired 1994
Updated 11/06/2022

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The Marinaro Law Firm
53 N Duke St Ste 1
Lancaster, PA, 17602-2840
York Office
11 E. Market Street Suite 102
York, PA, 17401
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Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
Michael received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2019
Posted by Fred | May 12, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Your jury trial attorney
Jury came back with not guilt on all charges. Impressed with Marinaro. Very professional with much wisdom. Game changing trial attorney. Thank you Mike.
Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
We hired Mr. Marinaro's team to help with our not the brightest son's minor criminal defense case, there was a potential for jail time. This was our first experience with having to hire an attorney, and we are thankful for the recommendation of Michael. He was exceptionally professional and patient, explaining all of the aspects of what we could expect, then putting his years of experience to work and negotiated a better than expected resolution. No jail time and a significantly lesser charge.
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Posted by Mike | January 1, 2021
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Best attorney to have in your corner
Hired for a potential p.v. involving possession of a firearm. Based on past experience, violating probation in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania for even the smallest things can land you in an unfair world of trouble for no good reason. A few days after hiring his firm he spoke to my probation officer over the phone. I'm not exactly sure what he said/did but 2 weeks later I found out from my p.o. that they were not going to take any further actions against me and that was that. I don't even know if he did anything. All I know is he spoke to my probation officer and after that, I found out they would not be violating me and that was as far as that went. So thank you, to Mr. Marinaro and you office staff, who were extremely courteous as well as knowledgeable when it comes to the legal system.
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Posted by Jason | June 9, 2019
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Not guilty
Not guilty of driving with suspended license dui. This would have been my 6th conviction. With new law I was looking at significant jail time. I only 4 months from getting license back. Thanks mike
Posted by Harry | April 11, 2019
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Got job done
I put myself in a very difficult position that could have ruined my career. Attorney Marinaro made this process a lot easier. He didn’t sugar coat it. He explained the law and what needed to be done. Of all the lawyers I sought out he was the most straight forward, honest and professional. My wife and I felt a good vibe when we first met him. 10/10
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Posted by Edward | April 5, 2019
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Charges dismissed
Michael got things done as promised. He is a lawyer you can trust. Glad I followed my friends recomendation to go with Marinaro Law.
Posted by Richard Harrington | February 15, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Felony drug case reduced to misdemeanor
I would give more stars ⭐️ if I could. When you hire Marinaro he really makes you feel like he is devoting all of his time to you and your case. He prepares you for trial and you know all the scenarios that may occur. And why they may occur! With his experience and expert representation we walked away with the best possible outcome. He is compassionate and professional. Without hesitation I would highly recommend Michael Marinaro.
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Posted by Gwen Swisher | February 11, 2019
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The best
When I say “the best” I mean it. Michael Victor treated me with dignity, courtesy and respect. The outcome of my case was beyond my wildest dreams. I will forever be grearful to this lawyer. Thank you.
Posted by Jerome | January 29, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Found not guilt
I’m impressed with the way my case was handled from the beginning to the end. Attorney Marinaro was terrific. He does get people off of many crimes. Mines was nearly impossible. Thanks Attorney Marinaro. Hope we meet again in much better circumstances. His crew was amazing.
Posted by Robert | January 15, 2019
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Nonjudgmental
This attorney knows his stuff. I felt good after talking with Marinaro. He removed a lot of stress in my life. Very happy with results.
Posted by Damien | January 8, 2019
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Outstanding group
This firm was professional throughout my ordeal. Attorney Marinaro got the felony charges don’t dismissed. I will recommend to anyone who asks. Highly recommend A+
Posted by Brandon | December 13, 2018
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No jail time
I’m happy with outcome of my case. I will recommend this guy to all my friends. Thanks
Posted by Kathy | December 12, 2018
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Cool
My friend recommended Marinaro law firm. I’m glad took up hiring these guys. The staff was friendly and helpful. Attorney Marinaro kept me calm because he was in total control in court. I’m happy with results. I recommend.
Posted by Antonio | December 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Professional trial lawyer
I’m impressed with how my case was handled. Communication was great. I would highly recommend Marinaro Law Firm.
Posted by Crenshaw | November 28, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Jury comes back - Not Guilty! Criminal attempted murder
Attorney Marinaro represented me in a criminal attempted murder and robbery charge. He cross examined the only witness in the case for several hours. Jury came back in less than one hour with verdict of not guilty on both counts. I’m more than pleased with the preparation and trial strategy by Marinaro. I’m fee and owe it to him.
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Posted by Bobby Mantle | November 13, 2018
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Got Outcome We Hoped For
I’ve never needed a lawyer before but Michael Marinaro came highly recommended. I got the results I hoped for, he was awesome to work with. His experience was what won me the case. Thanks Mike
Posted by C | November 1, 2018
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Pleased with results
I was charged with a felony offense. Attorney Marinaro negotiated for the felony to go away. I plead guilty to summary. He says I can get the summary expunged after 5 years. Very excited. No felony conviction.
Posted by S Vargas | October 14, 2018
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Awesome work !
If it wasn’t for Mr. Marinaro, I don’t know what would’ve happened with my case or my future. Thank you so much !!!
Posted by Angel | October 11, 2018
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Happy Days
I hired Marinaro to negotiate my drug case for reasonable terms. I’m very happy with his professionalism and presence in the courtroom. He is very confortable in the lions den. I will never go anywhere else and refer all friends to him. Great team of people in the office. Can’t get better!!
Posted by Mike | October 11, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellence in tepresentation
Marinaro law was superb in work on my streetlight Homicide case. He was perfect in the courtroom. I would highly recommend that Attorney be hired for serious felony cases. I was very pleased with my verdict. I’m now working and respected in my community. Thanks, Michael
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Attorney
  • The Marinaro Law Firm
  • 1994 - Present
  • Forensic Scientist I, II, III; Expert Witness
  • Maryland State Police
  • 1984 - 1994

Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • FBI Academy - Quantico, Virgnia
  • N/A
  • City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • N/A
  • Elon University
  • N/A
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Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Top 100 trial attorneys
  • 2015 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • member
  • 1995 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Lancaster County Bar Association
  • member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • member
  • 1993 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • member
  • 1993 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Diplomat
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Criminal Trial Lawyers in Pennsylvania
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • America's Top- 100 Attorneys-Lifetime Achievement
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Pennsylvania Attorneys
  • State of Pennsylvania
  • 2016
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2016
  • Americas Top 100 Attorneys- Lifetime Achievement
  • Americas Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminet 5.0 out of 5.0 Client Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Founding Member
  • ammerican association of premier DUI Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • World Wide Registery
  • 2014
  • Voted Top 3 Lawyers in County
  • Lancaster News
  • 2008
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Publications

  • Continuing Legal Education Seminar publication
  • Criminal Law, 1996 National Court Reporters Network Annual Seminar
  • 1996

Speaking Engagements

  • National Court Reporters Network Annual Seminar
  • Forensic Science
  • 1993
  • National Conference
  • Testifying as an Expert Witness
  • 1992

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Unknown Attorney | Oct 24
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
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Lancaster Criminal defense Lawyer Michael Victor Marinaro
Michael Victor Marinaro
Criminal defense Attorney
Lancaster, PA
Licensed for 28 years