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J. Michael Sheldon

Criminal defense Attorney

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1999
    Active No misconduct found

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About J. Michael

Learn J. Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    All crimes ranging from SUMMARY violations to FELONY crimes. Representation ranging in ALL procedural areas, from police "interviews" through the preliminary hearing and at trial.

    25 years

  2. Family
    All matters concerning family law including, but not limited to, divorce, support, marriage separation agreements (MSA), qualified domestic relations orders (QDRO) and protection from abuse (PFA)

    25 years

  3. DUI and DWI
    All DUI violations, including preliminary hearings, negotiated pleas, and entrance into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program.

    25 years

  4. Entertainment
    Provide representation to sports stars, musicians, singers, and other celebrities. Negotiate and write contracts, for example: film stars' compensation, musicians' and singers' recording contracts, and authors' publication deals.

    25 years

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 served three terms as a member of the Dauphin County Bar Association Board of Directors. During my third term, I was elected as an officer of the Board, serving an additional two terms and scheduled to become the 2016 President of the Board of Directors.  

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 continuously to Who's Who in American Law 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014 and 2015-2016 editions.


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5.0 / 5.0
  4 customer reviews
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Posted by Matt | November 5, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Case Dismissed
I was on edge when i was arrested for a alledge DUI. I interviewed 10 lawyers in my surrounding area and didn't feel confident with the hiring of any of them. Then i was referred to Michael Sheldon and was told he's the best in Harrisburg, Pa. I wasn't sure about that until the consultation with him. He reviewed my case explained certain parameters and different outcomes. He kept me well informed and was available when i had questions. He never promised me anything besides his dedication to my case and to get the best outcome. "Case Dismissed"! Thanks Mr.Michael Sheldon, you're the Matlock of Harrisburg,PA.
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Posted by Shawn | January 8, 2015
Excellent Personal and Business lawyer
Attorney Michael Sheldon has successfully helped me in a variety of legal matters both in business and personal, in the state of PA and out of the Country. He's also offered valued consulting advice and specific guidance in my business contracts, business dealings and most recently, Estate planning. Attorney Sheldon's diverse experience, resources, and attention to detail are among the best I've experienced in my 17 years of business. I owe a great deal of my success to his guidance. Attorney Sheldon's legal and consulting rates are extremely fair. In addition, the client gets a personal and involved experience with Michael Sheldon rather than treated like "just a number in the books." If you want success, no matter what your legal or situation, I would strongly recommended Attorney Michael Sheldon. Shawn D. Kane
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Posted by Russ | December 15, 2014
Honest, Hard Working & Knowledgable !!!! Best BULL DOG for your money!
Michael has handled business and personal matters for me during a 15 plus year relationship. He has always given excellent advise. When I place a situation in Mr. Sheldon's hands I know he will get the best results possible! You are hiring the second best when you hire anyone other then Mr. Sheldon
Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2012
A fighter
Very good - took a personal interest in my case. He is blunt and will not hold your hand through the process but will fight like an animal for you. Highly recommend


  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of J. Michael Sheldon
  • 2005 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Costopoulos, Foster & Fields
  • 2001 - 2005
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • York County District Attorney's Office
  • 1999 - 2001


  • Temple University
  • MA - Masters
  • N/A
  • Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg PA
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • Harrisburg Area Community College
  • AA - Associate Degree
  • N/A
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • N/A
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  • Dauphin County Bar Association
  • President of the Board of Directors
  • 2016 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Dauphin County Bar Association
  • Member of the Board of Directors
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Ten for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Select Lawyer - Highest Regard by Peers
  • Susquehanna Style Magazine
  • 2015
  • Reader's Choice -- Family Law
  • Central PA Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Reader's Choice -- Criminal Law
  • Central PA Magazine
  • 2010
  • Reader's Choice -- Criminal Law
  • Central PA Magazine
  • 2009
  • Reader's Choice -- Criminal Law
  • Central PA Magazine
  • 2008
  • Select Lawyers - Highest
  • Susquehanna Style Magazine
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (6)
Endorse J. Michael
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Sheldon is an excellent attorney committed to providing the highest quality representation to clients. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer because of his work ethic and commitment to his clients. His reputation for quality effort and client-oriented outcomes is excellent within our legal community."
Family Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Sheldon is a true professional in every sense. He is very knowledgeable and a tough advocate who knows how to get results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael Sheldon not only as a fine lawyer, but someone who has given so much to our profession. He will be the Next President of The Dauphin County Bar Association. He is an excellent criminal defense lawyer, but also very accomplished in other areas of the law. I am proud to have Michael as a fellow attorney"
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney. His diligence and professionalism are well-known and his effort to secure the best possible outcome for his clients is second to none. He fights for his clients. I've seen it."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Michael for more than 15 years. I endorse him without hesitation or reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Sheldon is smart, well-prepared, very knowledgeable and experienced in his practice areas. When my clients have needed his assistance, they overwhelmingly report back the outstanding results with complete satisfaction. Quite simply, Mr. Sheldon does excellent work on behalf of his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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