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About me

For a detailed review of who I am, check out my website below for my biography and personal philosophy of my approach to the practice of law.  I learned very early in my career that I need to trust my gut instinct - to use my compassion for others and my passion and knowledge of the law - to achieve the best result for my clients.  An early bump in my career turned out to be the best lesson learned in life - a lesson I once knew and will never forget: treat others with respect and empathize with each person.  Visit me at

Thank you.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Family: 60%
    12 years, 150 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
    19 years, 1.4 thousand cases
  3. Wills: 10%
    10 years, 25 cases
  4. Workers Compensation: 5%
    18 years, 350 cases



Contingent (15-33%), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Andrea E. Mertz

    Mike is an experienced attorney who works hard for his clients.


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    I endorse this lawyer. He is a very hard working attorney who has put his time in.


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Contact info

Law Office of Michael Hollinger

PO Box 773
Reading, PA, 196030773



Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Suspension
    issued in PA, 2005


    Suspended means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

    Michael’s comment: “I self-reported an incident that occurred in 2001. After a lengthy process, the Board issued a split decision and a brief suspension was served. I was reinstated without opposition by the Disciplinary Board.”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Cert of Achievment - BigBros/BigSist 25-Yr AwardCommonwealth of Pennsylvania (Senate)2005
Certificate of Achievment - Children and the Law (Seminar)Widener Law School1996
Certificate of Achievment - Professional ResponsibilityWidener Law School1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerLaw Office of Michael Hollinger2008 - Present
Senior AssociateMerow & Jacoby, PC2004 - 2008
Assistant Public DefenderCounty of Berks2001 - 2004
AssociateFarrell & Ricci, P.C.1998 - 2001
Judicial Law ClerkCourt of Common Pleas, Berks County1996 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Berks County Bar Association, Family Law SectionAssociate Member2008 - Present
Berks County Bar Association, Criminal Law CommitteeAssociate Member2008 - Present
Berks County Bar Association, Solo and Small Practice SectionAssociate Member2008 - Present
Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAssociate Member2006 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAssociate Member2006 - Present
Berks County Bar AssociationAssociate Member2005 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationN/A1998 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Commonwealth of PA v. Julian CastilloNot Guilty on all counts.
Commonwealth of PA vs. William FalbyNot Guilty on all counts.
Commonwealth of PA vs. Thomas LopezNot Guilty on all counts
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Widener University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of ScrantonPolitical Science and HistoryBS - Bachelor of Science1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Paralegal Association of PA ConferenceE-Discovery: What you don't Know Can and Will Hurt You.2002