Michael is an attorney in Barley Snyder’s Litigation and Trusts & Estates practice groups. He creates strategies tailored to his clients’ needs to provide them with the best possible results.
Michael concentrates his practice in civil litigation in a variety of areas including landlord/tenant law, ejectment, small claims, family law and Orphan’s Court litigation. He also has an extensive background representing clients in criminal cases – both criminal court appointed and private criminal cases.
In his estate planning practice, he counsels and advises clients on both simple and complex estate matters. He handles tasks such as administering estates, distributing assets, filing documents with the Register of Wills and probating the estate in addition to representing clients in Orphans’ Court regarding guardianships and will contests.
Michael served as Assistant Public Defender in Northampton County and as Conflict Counsel for Bradford County where he gained extensive jury trial, bench trial, and appellate trial experience. He began his legal career at his grandfather’s family practice based in New Jersey where he gained a wide range of experience.
A Lehigh Valley native and graduate of Northampton Area High School, Michael currently resides in Lebanon. Outside the firm, he serves as a soccer referee for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s Soccer program and other Division III Soccer programs. He also referees high school soccer for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. Michael is a graduate of Penn State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical-Mechanical Engineering Technology. He received his juris doctor degree from Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School with a concentration in Intellectual Property
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- New Jersey Bar Association
- Percy J. Powers Senate, Delta Theta Phi Law School Fraternity, Member
- Northampton County Bar Association’s Fair Share Pro Bono Award in 2016
- John W. Hanks Award (for his dedication to Percy J. Powers Senate, Delta Theta Phi Law School Fraternity)