West Palm Beach Attorney

Michael Salnick Criminal Defense Attorney

The Law Offices of Salnick & Fuchs P.A.

Owner & Managing Partner

  • Location: West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Phone: 561-471-1000
  • Fax: 561-659-0793
  • Email: salnicklaw@aol.com
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Michael Salnick is a criminal defense attorney who has been practicing State and Federal Criminal law for over thirty-seven years. Throughout his active and laborious career, Mr. Salnick has become one of the most experienced Criminal Defense Lawyers in America. Michael Salnick practices Criminal Defense Law from his office located in West Palm Beach, throughout Palm Beach County and the State of Florida, in all Federal courts in Florida, as well as in State and Federal courts throughout the United States.

Mr. Salnick has a long history as a criminal defense attorney with cases handled in Michigan, Louisiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, Colorado, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, Nebraska, Virginia, Vermont, Georgia and Hawaii, as well as in Europe.

Michael Salnick is a savvy and accomplished trial lawyer, having tried all types of criminal defense cases from DUI to first degree murder, with and without the death penalty, solicitation to commit murder, child pornography, racketeering, drug trafficking, securities fraud, Ponzi schemes, and serious sexual assaults. Michael Salnick has garnered a reputation as a Criminal Defense Attorney who can handle difficult cases with strong resolve. .

Mr. Salnick was involved in successfully defending a private jet company owner indicted as a result of a plane crash in Teterboro, New Jersey. Michael Salnick successfully defended one of the individuals involved in the drug overdose death of Robert F. Kennedy’s son. He has won acquittals in numerous first degree murder and other homicide cases. With quick wit and firm trial skills,, Mr. Salnick recently succeeded in assisting a client and her appellate lawyers win a new trial in a solicitation for murder case where the client had received a 20 year prison sentence.

Michael Salnick is as qualified and seasoned a criminal defense attorney West Palm Beach can offer, with a respected and diverse career.

Michael Salnick DUI Attorney

Besides his lengthy career as a Criminal Defense Attorney, Michael Salnick has also carved a sturdy reputation as a DUI Attorney. Successfully defending a number of clients in DUI cases throughout his career, Michael Salnick can easily be considered one of Florida’s top lawyers as a DUI Attorney.

Mr. Salnick has been named in Florida’s Superlawyer Magazine for the past 10 years. Mr. Salnick is a Life Member of the Florida and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, is AV rated, and has been Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law by the Florida Bar since 1987.

He is also nationally certified in criminal trial law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Salnick is a former Chairman of the Criminal Law section of the Florida Bar and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Michael Salnick is also nationally ranked by the National Association for DUI Defense as a Superior DUI Attorney. This includes all areas of DUI Defense, including Vehicular Homicide and DUI Manslaughter.

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Professional Associations and Memberships

Selected as a Superlawyer – 2006-2016

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Life Member

Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer, Life Member

Chairman – Criminal Law Certification Committee of The Florida Bar 2013-2015

Member – Criminal Law Certification Committee of The Florida Bar – Chairman 2009-2012

Grievance Committee Palm Beach County Bar Association (Member, Co-Chair, Chair) – 2006-2009, Member: 2015-2016

Chairman Criminal Law Section – The Florida Bar 1989-1990

Criminal Procedure Rules Committee of The Florida Bar – 2006-2012

Member – National Trial Lawyers Association 2013-2016

Member- Board of Trustees Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County – 2007 – present

Member – National Advocacy for DUI Defense – Year: 2013-2016

Criminal Defense Lawyers Credentials

Michael Salnick has not only served as a Criminal Defense Attorney and DUI Attorney, but has also made a commitment to the profession of Law and its education to newer generations.

Michael Salnick has spread his knowledge as a guest lecturer for Continuing Legal Education locally and around the Country. He has also been a participant instructor at the University of Florida Law School’s annual Prosecutor/Public Defender workshop in Gainesville, Florida. Michael Salnick is a proud and active member of the Florida Bar and has served on the Bar’s Criminal Law Certification committee.

Mr. Salnick was selected by the President of the Florida Bar as the Chairman of the Florida Bar Criminal Law Certification Committee, and proudly served in that capacity for two years. This committee is responsible for Board Certification in Criminal Trial and Criminal Appellate Law.

Michael Salnick is also a former member of the Florida Bar Criminal Procedure Rules Committee. He is a member of the Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar, and is on the Board of Trustees of the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County. Mr. Salnick is currently a member of a Palm Beach County Lawyer Grievance Committee, selected for this committee many times and has served in the past as Chair and Co-Chair. Mr. Salnick is also licensed in Colorado, Washington, D.C. and New York and is a member of the Trial Bars for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida and the District of Colorado, as well as the Eleventh and Third Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Michael Salnick’s experience as a Criminal Defense Attorney has seen him called upon regularly by national and local media organizations for legal commentary and opinion. He has appeared on 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, and other national news programs.

Michael Salnick is a 1975 graduate of Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio. During his junior year, he participated in the Washington Urban Semester Program at American University in Washington, D.C. Mr. Salnick also participated in the University of Miami School of Law’s Clinical Internship Program. He is a 1978 graduate of Northern Illinois University Law School, DeKalb, Illinois.

Bar Admissions.

District of Columbia
New York

U.S. District Courts

Southern District of Florida (General Bar) – 1979
Southern District of Florida (Trial Bar) – 1983
Middle District of Florida – 1988
District of Colorado – 2013

U.S. Court of Appeals

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal – 1986
Third Circuit Court of Appeal – 2011

Certified Legal Specialties

Criminal Trial Law – The Florida Bar – 1987
Criminal Trial Law – National Board of Trial Advocacy – 2015


Northern Illinois University College of Law, DeKalb, Illinois
J.D. – 1978

Honors Academic Honor Roll

Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio
B.A. – 1975

Major: History

Previous Employment Positions

Palm Beach County Public Defender’s Office – Public Defender 1978 – 1980; appellate and trial divisions
Cook County, Illinois Public Defender’s Office – Legal Intern Jan. 1978- May 1978 Student Practice Program

Pro Bono Activities

Providing Legal Services to Indigent Criminal Defendants, including ourt-appointed and Pro bono criminal defense cases – 1979 – Present

Class, Seminars, and Presentations Taught or Instructed

1983 – “Opening Statement and Cross Examining Experts”, Florida Public Defender and Prosecutor Workshop, Instructor. University of Florida.

1999 – “Using the Prosecutor to Your Advantage,” Speaker Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys CLE.

“The Right to Counsel for the Non-Rich.” Speaker. National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers CLE.

“Writing Police Reports”, Instructor, Palm Beach County Police Academy, Palm Beach Community College.

“Handling Yourself in the Courtroom.” Instructor, Palm Beach County Police Academy, Palm Beach Community College.

Adult Education Instructor Inmates at the Palm Beach County Jail, Palm Beach County School Board.

2008 – “What Civil Lawyers Need to Know About Criminal Law,” Presentation to F. Malcolm Cunningham Bar Association in conjunction with Nova Southeastern University Law School Alumni.

Prosecutor/Public Defender Workshop, Participant Instructor, University of Florida School of Law, Gainesville, Florida

Honors and Awards

Michael Salnick Criminal Defense Scholarship
Awarded Annually to a Freshman Student at
Northern Illinois University College of Law
Dekalb, Illinois, with an interest in criminal law.
Scholarship has been ongoing since 2004.

Outstanding Service Award by Northern Illinois
University Alumni Counsel for Service and Dedication
to Northern Illinois University College of Law

Appreciation Award for Service as Co-Chairman of
Publications Committee, Criminal Law Section of
The Florida Bar

Appreciation Award for Outstanding Service as Chairman
of Publications Committee and Editor of Section Newsletter
Criminal Law Section, The Florida Bar

Published Works

“Intoxication Defense: Some Practical Pointers.” Criminal Law Section, Florida Bar Newsletter, Volume VI, No. 1, September, 1983. “Pre-Arrest Identification.” Champion Magazine. (Monthly publication of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) “Effective Counsel for the (Almost) Indigent: Making the State Coffer Up.” Champion Magazine. (Monthly publication of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers)

Representative Cases

1. Furney v. Florida, 115 So. 3d 1095 (Fla. 4th DCA 2013)

2. Henry v. Florida, __ So. 3d ___, 2013 WL 950045 (Fla. 4th DCA 2013)

3. Tucker v. State, 972 So. 2d 1062 (Fla. 4th DCA 2008)

4. State v. Glatzmayer, 789 So. 2d 297 (Fla. 2001)

5. Rendon v. State, 690 So. 2d 645 (Fla. 4th DCA 1997)

6. State v. Norstrom, 613 So. 2d 437 (Fla. 1993)

7. Morgan v. State, 453 So. 2d 394 (Fla. 1984)

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