Over 2500 career court appearances. 35+ years of Criminal Defense. Complete estate settlements.
In the practice of law, I have had a particular concern for the working class. Such concern may spring from my education and work background. After graduating from Holy Name High School at the age of 16, I struggled, despite good grades, to find my passion in college. I spent one year at Lehigh University and then a year at the prestigious Oberlin (Ohio) College before dropping out of school completely. I worked various odd jobs, including assistant county planner until political change in the courthouse forced me to resign. Then I spent a year on the production line at a wire factory in Robesonia PA, followed by a sojourn as a laborer at French Creek Park near Birdsboro PA.
In September 1974, I returned to college on the main campus of the Pennsylvania State University in University Park PA. By "overloading" credits each term, I was able to graduate from Penn State in 18 months and obtained my undergraduate degree as a Pre-Law major. I then matriculated at The Dickinson School of law in Carlisle PA (which is now The Pennsylvania State University School of Law), and I received my law degree, Juris Doctor, in June 1979. After passage of the Bar Exam in August 1979, I was admitted to the Bar of Pennsylvania in November 1979.
After receiving my law degree I associated with Alan S Readinger in the practice of law and maintained an office at 601 Penn Street in Reading until moving to my current location at 147 North Fifth Street in Reading in March 1997.
During the first two years of my practice I was also employed as an Assistant District Attorney for Berks County and prosecuted cases for the Commonwealth until July 1981. After a triple homicide conviction in a trial with Philadelphia counsel representing the defendant, I resigned and ended my career as a prosecutor in the DA’s Office.
I served as an Assistant Berks County Solicitor from January 1996 until the summer of 2001. During my tenure as Assistant Berks County Solicitor, I handled the labor disputes for the county and also served as solicitor to the Elections Board of Berks County. My labor relations work resulted in appearances before the Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission, the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, labor arbitrations and in union negotiations. As Assistant Berks County Solicitor, I worked closely with the commissioners in the formation of the Civic Center Authority which resulted in the construction of the Santander Arena.
I have appeared in court before all of the Berks County Common Pleas judiciary and all of the county’s Magisterial District Judges. I have also appeared in the courtrooms of ten additional counties outside of Berks County during my legal career. In my career I have made over 2,500 Court Appearances on behalf of clients.
I am a member of the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Berks County Bar Association. I have served on the BCBA's Solo and Small Practice section, the pro bono committee, the modest means committee and the criminal law section of the county bar.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2019|
|Pro Bono Service Award||Pennsylvania Bar Association||2010|
|Owner||Law Offices of Michael C. Boland||2001 - Present|
|Assistant Solicitor||Berks County Solicitor's Office||1996 - 2001|
|Attorney||Federal Court (U.S.D.C., E.D., Pa.) 1981||1981 - 2019|
|Assistant District Attorney||Berks County District Attorney||1979 - 1981|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association||Member, criminal law and general practice section||1980 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member||1980 - Present|
|Berks County Bar Association||Member||1979 - Present|
|Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1979|
|Pennsylvania State University||B.A.||1976|
|BCBA seminar||Changes in PA DUI law||2006|
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