Michael D. Matter is a graduate of Palmyra
High School in Palmyra,
Pennsylvania. Following high
school, Mr. Matter attended The Pennsylvania State University at University Park, Pennsylvania,
where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Labor and Industrial
Relations with an emphasis on Employee Relations, as well as a Business Minor.
While at Penn State, Mr. Matter became a member of
Beta Theta Pi National Fraternity.
Additionally, Mr. Matter was a Student Advocate for the Penn State
Office of Judicial Affairs-Undergraduate Student Government. Mr. Matter earned
his Juris Doctor degree from The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson
School of Law, where he had a Comment published as a Senior Editor of the
Dickinson Law Review.
Following law school, Mr. Matter was employed by the County of Dauphin
as an Assistant Public Defender for two and one-half years. As an Assistant Public Defender, Mr. Matter
developed his skills as a trial attorney representing clients through all
levels of state criminal proceedings (preliminary arraignment through
appeal). Mr. Matter also became
proficient in probation and parole hearings at the county and state level while
an Assistant Public Defender. From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Matter was employed as an
Associate in private practice in Harrisburg.
As an Associate in private practice, Mr. Matter continued to focus his practice
on criminal defense, but also represented clients in civil matters, including
personal injury, civil rights, employment discrimination, workers'
compensation, unemployment compensation, family law, and landlord-tenant
recently, prior to forming his own law firm, Mr. Matter was employed as Senior
Associate with a criminal defense firm in Harrisburg,
PA, where his practice was
focused on state and federal criminal defense.
Mr. Matter is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, U.S. District Court for the Middle
District of Pennsylvania, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of
Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He is a member of the Dauphin County,
Cumberland County, Pennsylvania (PBA) and American Bar
Associations (ABA), as well as a past-member of the Pennsylvania Association of
Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL). He is also active in his community as a member of the New Cumberland Youth Baseball Association Board of Directors and a member of Baughman United Methodist Church.