Virginia Hinrichs McMichael

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Appellate Attorney in Wayne, PA

Appellate Law Group LLC
 | 150 N Radnor Chester Rd, Suite F-200
Wayne, PA 19087
Phone: 610-977-2096
Fax: 610-977-0043
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004, 2020 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Appellate
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • French,
  • Spanish
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Virginia Hinrichs McMichael is the founder and owner of Appellate Law Group LLC, which has law offices in Radnor and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A top-rated attorney with more than 35 years of legal experience, Ms. McMichael established her law firm in 2013 with a mission to provide the highest possible level of representation and support to clients throughout the greater Philadelphia metro and surrounding areas who have the need to appeal a previous ruling regarding their cases.

    Focusing solely on appeals, Ms. McMichael has created a thriving practice that assists a wide range of clients in obtaining the favorable outcomes they expect and deserve for their legal matters. Along with arguing numerous appeals, she also has extensive trial experience handling complex cases both internationally and domestically on issues involving bankruptcy, civil rights violations and constitutional law, commercial disputes, family law matters, criminal cases, labor and employment law claims, RICO claims, real estate disputes, trust and estate matter, and many other areas.

    Honored for her professionalism and service, Ms. McMichael has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell along with many other accolades and endorsements from her peers. She has also received "Superb, 10 out of 10" client ratings on Avvo as well as many testimonials and referrals from her satisfied clients who remark about her exceptional writing abilities, her keen intellect, her tireless work ethic and her aggressive appellate advocacy.

    After graduating with high honors from Middlebury College with a degree in English, Ms. McMichael attended the University of Texas School of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor in 1983. She is admitted to practice before all Pennsylvania state courts as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd and 11th circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    A leader in her legal community, Ms. McMichael helped establish Women Owned Law, where she continues to serve on the board, and she is an active member of the American Bar Association's Council of Appellate Lawyers. She is also very active with the Pennsylvania Bar Association, serving on the organization's Civil Litigation, Family Law, and Solo and Small Firm Sections as well as its Women in the Profession Committee and Appellate Advocacy Committee. She is also a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Appellate Law and International Law Committees.

    Outside her legal practice, Ms. McMichael also serves on the board of supervisors for the East Whiteland Township, and she is involved with various civic and charitable organizations in her community.

    *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
    • 100%Appellate
    Focus Areas



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    Super Lawyers: 2004, 2020 - 2021

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    About Virginia McMichael

    Admitted: 1983, Pennsylvania

    Professional Webpage:


    • The AV Preeminent Rating is the pinnacle of professional excellence earned through a strenuous Peer Review Rating process that is managed and monitored by Martindale-Hubbell., AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell, 2016

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • WBENC-certified Woman Owned Business, 2020
    • WBENC certification as a Woman-Owned Business, 2019
    • WBENC-certified Woman-Owned Business, 2018

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • ABA Council of Appellate Lawyers
    • United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    • Third and Second Circuit Courts of Appeals
    • Member, American Bar Association Council of Appellate Lawyers, 2019
    • United States Supreme Court
    • Pennsylvania
    • Member, Women Owned Law, 2019
    • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association Appellate Advocacy Committee, 2019

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • I served for 15 years as an elected Township Supervisor in East Whiteland Township, having been elected in 1999, 2005 and 2011. The Board of Supervisors is the governing body of the Township.  East Whiteland Township is a Township in Chester County with approximately 10,000 residents. It is the home of the Great Valley Corporate Center and the headquarters of several prominent national and international businesses.

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:


    • H.Z. v. M.B., No. 1809 EDA 2018, 2019 Pa. Super. 33 (Pa. Super. Feb. 8, 2019) - successfully represented the Appellant and obtained a reversal of a trial court decision in a paternity case., 2019
    • Khalil v. Travelers Indemnity Company of America, et al., No. 1290 EDA 2017 (Jan. 31, 2018) - successfully represented the Appellant in an action against an insurance company and obtained a reversal of a trial court decision enforcing a term sheet as a settlement agreement., 2018
    • Karakelian v. LaVine, No. 3470 EDA 2015 (Pa. Super. Sept. 28, 2016) -- successfully represented the Appellee in an appeal of a child support order., 2016
    • Commonwealth v. T.J.W., Jr., No. 1351 EDA 2014 (April 24, 2015) - successfully represented the Appellee in a criminal case in a dispute involving the discovery of mental health records., 2015

    Representative Clients:

    • Republica Oriental del Uruguay.  I represented the Republic of Uruguay in an appeal to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  
    • State of Georgia.  I represented the State of Georgia in a case involving the Georgia Guaranteed Student Loan Program.

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • I was nominated by Governor Edward G. Rendell to be a judge on the Chester County Court of Common Pleas to fill the unexpired term of The Honorable Paula Francisco Ott. The nomination was one of five nominations withdrawn by the Governor on June 15, 2010 as part of an agreement with the Pennsylvania legislature to impose a statewide moratorium on judicial appointments for budgetary reasons., 2010


    Educational Background:

    • J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 1983
    • Middlebury College, A.B., English, with High Honors, 1978

    Industry Groups

    • Appellate
    • Litigation
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    Office Location for Virginia Hinrichs McMichael

    150 N Radnor Chester Rd
    Suite F-200
    Wayne, PA 19087

    Phone: 610-977-2096

    Fax: 610-977-0043

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