Michael Salnick | West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Lawyer

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Michael Salnick does everything possible to assure a successful defense. Besides thorough investigation and scrupulous attention to every detail, Michael makes sure each client understands what a trial involves and often will require a client to sit through a major trial of his to fully understand the process. Michael won acquittals on most charges in the United States District Court in Newark, New Jersey after a month and a half long trial for the owner of a Private jet company whose corporate jet, after dropping off Jay Z and Beyoncé the night before, crashed upon takeoff from Teterboro airport in New Jersey. The government alleged the pilots were unfit and FAA regulations were not followed. With the help of a former NTSB expert, Michael convinced the jury that the plane malfunctioned and had nothing to do with what the government alleged. The sentence the accused received was substantially less than what the government was requesting. Michael recently won an acquittal for a police officer charged with aggravated child abuse to his girlfriend’s then five-year-old son. His careful attention to detail on cross-examination convinced a jury that the child had been coached by his father and a teacher. Michael helped to secure a new trial for a woman charged with hiring a hitman to kill her newlywed husband. At trial, Michael urged the court to permit individual jury selection due to enormous national and local publicity. The Judge refused. As a result, the entire jury panel was tainted. Michael preserved the record in a way that it was impossible for the appellate court to not grant a new trial. Prior to the reversal, she had received a 20-year sentence. (Michael did not represent her in her new trial). Michael has represented several people in death penalty cases, including many of Palm Beach County’s most infamous death-row inmates. He also represented a Boynton Beach police officer found not guilty of sexually assaulting a woman while on the job. Michael won an acquittal for an accountant charged with attempted second-degree murder and child abuse. The jury found Michael’s client not guilty by reason of insanity on all counts. Following the trial, all parties agreed that the defendant had a psychotic episode not likely to recur and is back in his home state working and living a normal life. Michael has successfully represented individuals charged with possession and distribution of child pornography. He handles white collar/financial crime cases with the same tenacity as any other case. He handles many DUI and DUI Manslaughter cases and was recently successful in getting all DUI charges dismissed for a local television newscaster. In August of 2019, he convinced the prosecution to dismiss second-degree murder charges against his client (who sat in jail with no bond for almost 12 months) after proving the witnesses were lying to the police. He has represented celebrities, professional athletes, and politicians when called upon. Michael served as lead counsel in the Southern District of New York for a sports agent involved in the Major League Baseball investigation regarding payments for autographs. His successful representation resulted in his client not getting indicted. On October 2, 2019, Michael appeared before a state appellate court in West Palm Beach requesting a new trial for a client convicted of sexual assault, arguing that the trial court erred in denying a mistrial when previously excluded evidence was presented to the jury. On November 6th, the court issued a written opinion, reversing his client's conviction, setting aside his eight-year sentence, and ordering a new trial. Although based in West Palm Beach, Florida Michael has been in State and federal courts from Honolulu to Vermont, and from Tallahassee to Key West, representing individuals accused of a variety of criminal offenses. Michael has taught prosecutors and assistant public defenders at the University of Florida. He also lectures at various police agencies on trial procedure and courtroom conduct as well as continuing legal education for attorneys. He is well respected in both state and federal court and is a "go-to" attorney for homicides and other high profile cases. He is Board Certified as a Criminal Trial Lawyer by The Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Michael is available 24/7 and has a support staff who will assist at any time. You never get an answering service.

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Please describe a case in the last year or two where you made a big difference.
The most significant case recently involved a gentlemen falsely accused of second degree murder, it was not possible for him to have done it, he wasn't around at the time, he was charged and sat in jail for over a year until our investigation proved a critical witness was lying. The prosecution reviewed it, dropped the charges, released my client and charged that witness with perjury. System actually worked and justice served, in another case had a young man charged with first degree murder, he swore witnesses were lying. He was convicted and received a life sentence, after he lost the appeal, he proceeded to a post conviction proceeding and it was proven to a court's satisfaction the witnesses lied. He was released and cleared and is working now living a productive life

How did you build a successful practice?
Years of hard work, reputation, some interesting high profile cases and people knowing that I always have their back

What should clients look for in a lawyer?
Honesty, proven track record and availability at all times

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?
I have been around for over 35 years, have tried every type of criminal case imaginable all over Florida, Palm Beach County and in 17 states. I have represented lay people, politicians, celebrities, police officers - no one is immune from a criminal investigation

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
Knowing that the system has worked, that justice has been done, that someone's life has been saved and given another chance

What are your other interests in addition to law?
Snow skiing, baseball, tennis, traveling, model railroading

Are you involved in your community?
I have done community service with feeding homeless, with teenagers, coaching youth sports, have taught other lawyers at University of Florida, have lectured for CLE around the country when called upon

Position Organization Location Duration
Owner | Managing PartnerLaw Offices Of Salnick & Fuchs P.A.West Palm Beach, FLPresent
School Degree Major Graduation
Northern Illinois University College of LawJ.D. Law School1978  
Marietta College - UndergraduateBachelors1975
State / Court Date
Colorado1988
Florida1987
District of Columbia1987
New York1985
  • Member | Florida State Bar Association
    Member | Colorado State Bar Association
    Member | District of Columbia State Bar Association
    Member | New York State Bar Association

    National Board of Trial Advocacy|Nationally Board Certified
  • Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in West Palm Beach | Expertise | 2020
    Top 100 | America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys
    Super Lawyer | SuperLawyers
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Board Certification Area: Criminal Trial Law: 1987 NY State Lawyer Additional Information: Next Registration: 10/2019 Judicial Department: 3 FL State Lawyer Additional Information: Circuit: 15 Criminal Trial Law

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Update Date: 2019-09-09

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2016-07-22Firm NameLaw Offices Of Salnick, Fuchs & Bertisch P.A.
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1645 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard
Suite 1000, 10th Floor
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
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