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 grew up in Wayne, New Jersey, but has lived in South Florida since 1979.
Michael has been representing high profile clients who find themselves in trouble with the law since the beginning of his career in private practice. He was the lawyer chosen by the family of a man accused of causing the drug overdose death of the son of the late Senator Robert Kennedy. No homicide charges were ever filed against his client and the case was resolved with a short period of probation and no felony conviction for his client. The case received international attention due to the connection with members of the Kennedy family.
As lead counsel in McComb County, Michigan for a man alleged to be the leader of a large scale drug operation, Michael convinced the prosecution to dismiss all charges after it was discovered the investigating officer had been tampering with witnesses and evidence.
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 take off 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 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 hit man 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, and continues to, represent several people in death penalty cases, including many of Palm Beach County’s most infamous death-row inmates.
Michael represented a local police officer charged with sexual assault and misuse of his position after being accused of committing these offenses by a woman he encountered while on duty. After a lengthy trial, the jury found Michael's client not guilty of all charges.
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 also handles white collar, racketeering, and financial crime cases. In addition, Michael 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 illegal payments for autographs. His successful representation resulted in his client not getting indicted.
In October 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. A month later, the court issued a written opinion, reversing his client's conviction, setting aside his eight year sentence, and ordering a new trial. The prosecution's efforts to take the case to the state Supreme Court were unsuccessful.
Michael helped appellate counsel win a new trial for a young man, who was charged with first degree murder when he was only 15 years old. Michael argued that because the client had requested counsel, law enforcement should not have taken his statement without re-reading him his constitutional rights and that the entire statement should be suppressed. The main detective lied to the accused and told him, before he gave a statement, he could receive the death penalty. Michael convinced the jury to find his client guilty of the lesser included offense of second degree murder, but preserved the record regarding the denial of the motion to suppress in such a way that the appellate court had to take action. The conviction was reversed, the statement thrown out, and a new trial was recently ordered.
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. Although based in West Palm Beach, Florida Michael has also handled state and federal criminal cases in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C., North and South Carolina, and Georgia.
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.
Michael is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as well as former Chairman of the Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar. For two years, he also served as Chairman of the Criminal Law Certification Committee of the Florida Bar.
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.