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Michael H. Fienman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

Fienman Defense LLC
1608 Walnut St Ste 900
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-839-9529
Fax: 215-405-2699
Selected to Rising Stars: 2019 - 2022
Licensed in Pennsylvania Since: 2010
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Administrative Law, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
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Representing clients in the scientific, oil, legal, industrial, healthcare, gas, banking and aviation industries, Michael H. Fienman is a criminal defense attorney with Fienman Defense LLC. He handles drug violations, DUI, sex and white collar crimes in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania. With a focus on representing those with diverse backgrounds, and individuals holding professional licenses. Mr. Fienman has an Avvo “Superb” rating and a 10.0 lawyer rating from Justia.

A graduate of Dickinson College, Mr. Fienman earned a Bachelor of Arts in Judaic studies and religion in 2006. He then earned a Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley School of Law. This is when he developed a talent and passion for defending the rights of those who have been accused of committing a crime. He is a member of the Montgomery Bar Association, Delaware County Bar Association, The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Certified by the Philadelphia Bar Association as a Fee Dispute Mediator, Mr. Fienman is also a certified arbitrator for the First Judicial District. In 2014, he was included in the list of 14 Best Criminal Defense Attorneys by Newsweek, and for his high ethical standards and long list of successful results, he holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Fienman is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the Supreme Court of New Jersey and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. His experience with criminal defense is extensive and he is also a SNAP violations attorney and an authority on Title IX regulations. In that capacity, Mr. Fienman handles cases throughout the nation.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Criminal Defense
  • 30%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 20%Administrative Law
  • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Criminal Fraud, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Sex Offenses, Traffic Violations, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Licensing, Personal Injury - Plaintiff

Selections

4 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2019 - 2022

About Michael H. Fienman

First Admitted: 2010, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: https://www.philadelphiacriminalattorney.com/michael-h-fienm...

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • PADI Certified SCUBA Diver
  • Certified BBQ Judge - Kansas City Barbeque Society 

Educational Background

  • Attended Western Michigan University's Thomas M. Cooley School of Law. Consistently earned placement on the Dean's list for superior academic achievement. , 2010
  • B.A. Dickinson College (Carlisle, P.A.) Majors in Religion and Judaic Studies, 2006

Honors/Awards

  • Selected for recognition on the Pro Bono Roll of Honor by the judges of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas., Pro Bono Roll of Honor, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, 2011
  • Selected as a 2021 Super Lawyers Rising Star, Super Lawyers Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2021
  • Selected as a 2020 Super Lawyers Rising Star, Super Lawyers Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2020
  • Selected as a 2019 Super Lawyers Rising Star, Super Lawyers Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2019
  • Dean’s List, The Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • Selected for recognition on the Pro Bono Roll of Honor by the judges of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas., Pro Bono Roll of Honor, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, 2012

Videos

  • Was interviewed by CBS New York for a story about the legal implications of bright headlights that distract oncoming motorists. The piece was syndicated to CBS affiliates throughout the United States. , Bright Headlights are Distracting to Other Motorists, Automotive, Car, 2017

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Presented CLE titled, "Kids, Wealth, and Consequences: Managing the Pitfalls When Good Decisions Are Not Made," sponsored by The Bryn Mawr Trust Company. A description of the program is pasted below: Kids will be kids, and some develop critical decision-making skills later than others. Add access to technology, cars, and money to the mix, and you can end up with good kids making poor decisions. How do you manage the pitfalls when good decisions are not made? Please join us as we discuss: The most common offenses perpetrated by high school and college-age individuals; How to obtain an expungement or have a criminal record sealed from public view so that youthful indiscretions do not continue to haunt lives; The impact technology has had on crime, policing, and privacy; Case law that has developed as a result., Author and Speaker, Kids, Wealth, and Consequences: Managing the Pitfalls When Good Decisions Are Not Made, Law, Banking, 2018
  • Presented free zoom lecture to community members interested in obtaining an expungement or sealing of their criminal records "pro se". , Author and Speaker, How to file for expungement in Philadelphia, 2021
  • Presented lecture and distributed materials to community members interested in obtaining an expungement or sealing of their criminal records "pro se". , Author and Speaker , PA's New Clean Slate Law - Does it apply to you? , All, 2019

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Obtained verdict of Not Guilty following two day jury trial for an alleged second offence DUI involving drugs and paraphernalia. , 2019
  • Case dismissed for local deli accused of food stamp trafficking (exchanging RedBull purchased with food stamps for cash) by the USDA, FNS.   , 2021
  • Case dismissed for convenience store accused of food stamp trafficking (exchanging EBT food stamps for cash) by the USDA, FNS.   , 2021
  • Obtained verdict of Not Guilty following trial for an alleged driver under DUI related suspension (with five prior convictions). , 2021

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Arbitrator for The First Judicial District, 2019
  • Certified Arbitrator for The First Judicial District, 2021
  • Certified Arbitrator for The First Judicial District, 2020
  • Certified Arbitrator for The First Judicial District, 2017
  • Philadelphia Bar Association Fee Dispute Mediator, 2015
  • Philadelphia Bar Association Fee Dispute Mediator, 2014
  • Certified Arbitrator for The First Judicial District, 2018
  • Certified Arbitrator for The First Judicial District, 2016
  • Certified Arbitrator for The First Judicial District, 2014
  • Certified Arbitrator for The First Judicial District, 2015
  • Certified Arbitrator for The First Judicial District, 2013
  • Certified Arbitrator for The First Judicial District, 2012

Representative Clients

  • Private citizen charged with DUI and alleged drug paraphernalia. Matter proceeded to trial and client was found not guilty by a jury of his peers. , 2019
  • Client was previously convicted of a felony and thus not allowed to posses a firearm. After attempting to purchase a pistol, client was arrested for making false statements on the purchase application and attempting to posses a firearm. Client plead guilty to false statements and avoided jail time prescribed by the sentencing guidelines.  , 2021
  • Private citizen charged with stealing more than $30,000 from her employer. After making full restitution, client participated in a diversion program and the case was expunged. , 2021
  • Private citizen charged with felony insurance fraud for using a relatives address to evade higher premiums on motor vehicle policies. Result was ARD and expungement. , 2020
  • Private citizen charged with possession of child pornography and criminal use of a communication facility, 2019
  • Private citizen facing charges of child exploitation , 2019
  • Private citizen facing allegations of insurance fraud, 2019
  • Private citizen facing allegations of wire fraud and money laundering. , 2019

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Delaware County Bar Association - Member, 2020
  • Philadelphia Bar Association - Member, 2021
  • Montgomery Bar Association - Member, 2021
  • Delaware County Bar Association - Member, 2021
  • Montgomery Bar Association - Member , 2020
  • Philadelphia Bar Association - Member, 2020
  • Montgomery Bar Association - Member , 2019
  • Philadelphia Bar Association - Member, 2019
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • US District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey State Bar
  • Philadelphia Bar Association - Member , 2017
  • Pennsylvania State Bar
  • Philadelphia Bar Association - Member , 2014
  • Philadelphia Bar Association - Member , 2015
  • Philadelphia Bar Association - Member , 2016
  • Montgomery Bar Association - Member , 2016
  • Philadelphia Bar Association - Member , 2018
  • Montgomery Bar Association - Member , 2014
  • Montgomery Bar Association - Member , 2017
  • Montgomery Bar Association - Member , 2015
  • Montgomery Bar Association - Member , 2018

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Volunteered time counseling families of COVID-19 victims on the probate process and proper transfer of decedent's estate assets., 2020
  • HS Mock Trial Competition - Volunteer Judge, 2021
  • Mock Trial Competition - Volunteer Judge, 2019
  • Voulenteer - cook for a friend (Kosher meels on wheels), 2019
  • Member - Central Bucks County Chamber of Commerce
  • Philadelphia Jewish professional community, Member
  • Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

Industry Groups

  • Aviation
  • Banking
  • Gas
  • Healthcare
  • Industrial
  • Insurance
  • Legal
  • Manufacturing
  • Oil
  • Scientific
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Office Location for Michael H. Fienman

1608 Walnut St Ste 900
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: 215-839-9529

Fax: 215-405-2699

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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