Michael D. Matter is a graduate of Palmyra Area Senior 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 law.  Most 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.