Biography

Michael Witsch is a member of the firm’s Litigation practice group focusing primarily on complex commercial litigation, government investigations and white collar criminal defense. He has represented large companies and senior-level executives in federal and state court proceedings, and has extensive experience at both the trial and appellate levels in briefing and arguing often complex matters on behalf of his clients.

Education

  • Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law  (J.D., cum laude, 2012)
    • Temple International and Comparative Law Journal, Lead Research Editor
    • Temple Moot Court Honor Society, Member
    • Rubin Public Interest Law Society, Fellow
  • College of the Holy Cross  (A.B., cum laude, 2009)
    • Political Science

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Professional Activities

  • Philadelphia Bar Association (Past Member, Executive Committee, Young Lawyers Division; Member, Appellate Courts Committee; Investigator, Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention; Member and Young Lawyers Division Liaison, Large Firm Associates Committee) 
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Amicus Curiae Committee) 
  • Media Law Resource Center (Litigation Committee) 
  • Brehon Law Society 

Charitable and Civic Involvement

  • College of the Holy Cross Alumni Association (Philadelphia Chapter President)
  • Public Interest Law Center (Member and Board Observer, Board of Directors) 
  • 15th Ward Democratic Executive Committee (Committeeperson)

Background

Prior to joining the firm, Michael was an associate at a mid-Atlantic law firm.

Before that, Michael was an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia. As an appellate prosecutor, he served as lead counsel on behalf of the government in securing hundreds of successful appellate results in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Superior Court of Pennsylvania and Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, and presented oral argument in dozens of cases. In addition, Michael participated in the investigation and prosecution of sensitive grand jury matters. He also often represented the District Attorney’s Office in civil matters, including complex civil rights litigation, professional discipline proceedings and media law disputes. He also defended Pennsylvania Right to Know Law litigation matters, including serving as second-chair trial counsel in a successful state-court mandamus lawsuit.

During law school, Michael completed a year-long Federal Judicial Clerkship Honors Clinical with the Honorable Timothy J. Savage of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He also served as a research assistant to Professor Margaret deGuzman, and received the law school’s Lynne M. Abraham Award for outstanding performance in criminal law and professional responsibility courses.