Michael J. Engle

Chair, White-Collar Defense, Internal Investigations & Corporate Compliance


Michael Engle


Michael Engle focuses his practice on white-collar criminal defense, internal investigations and corporate compliance. He represents clients in state and federal criminal cases, complex white-collar defense matters, internal or parallel investigations, select civil litigation matters typically involving the defense of qui tam/False Claims Act matters, as well as the representation of attorneys and other professionals in disciplinary/licensing matters. Michael has handled numerous cases in the Pennsylvania state courts, as well as federal courts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, and Washington, D.C. Michael frequently represents individuals and organizations in connection with grand jury subpoenas and regulatory matters. His clients include individuals, professionals, public officials, corporations, closely held companies and other organizations.

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Representative Matters

White-Collar Matters

  • Commonwealth v. “J.S.;” Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas (2014) – Defended client accused of felony violation of the State Ethics Act in connection with the PA Office of Attorney General corruption prosecution relating to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Client was placed into a diversionary program known as ARD which will result in the dismissal of the criminal charge and expungement of the client’s record upon successful completion of the program.
  • United States v. Paul Crim; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of PA (2008) – Represented the only defendant who was found not guilty of conspiracy to defraud the United States in an amount exceeding $10 million in which the IRS prosecuted individuals associated with the Commonwealth Trust Company for allegedly marketing “abusive trust” tax shelters.
  • United States v. Nexus Technologies, et al.; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of PA (2010) – Obtained two years of probation for client in first Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The client was indicted on conspiracy, FCPA violations, and Money Laundering and Travel Act violations, and faced a Federal Sentencing Guideline range of 70 to 87 months of incarceration.
  • United States v. “J.S.;” U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of PA (2013) – Represented client who received sentence of one year and one day after negotiating and substantially reducing the tax loss in a multi-year false filing of tax returns prosecution involving hundreds of thousands of dollars in unreported taxable income.
  • United States v. “V.R.;” U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of PA (2012) – Defended client who was facing sentencing guidelines recommending incarceration, but received sentence of three years of probation for embezzlement of union funds.
  • United States v. “A.G.;” U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware (2009) – Defended foreign national client who received time served sentence of 26 months in a multimillion-dollar identity theft and fraud scheme spanning federal districts in Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania and Southern California.
  • Obtained a declination of prosecution from the Department of Justice on behalf of a prominent medical doctor practicing in the Philadelphia region accused of billing fraud.
  • United States v. K.L.; U.S. District Court for the District of NJ (2017) – Client who owned and operated a business in Southern New Jersey was charged with conspiracy to evade payroll taxes in excess of $100,000 as well as harboring illegal aliens and faced a Federal Sentencing Guideline range of 15 to 21 months of incarceration. The client was ultimately sentenced to three years of probation.
  • United States v. M.V.; U.S. District Court for the District of NJ (2018) – Former CEO of a company based in New England was initially accused of embezzling more than $1 million. The loss was eventually demonstrated to be substantially less and negotiated down to $245,000. The client entered into a guilty plea to wire fraud. Despite facing a Federal Sentencing Guideline range of 15 to 21 months of incarceration, the client was ultimately sentenced to 6 months.

Federal Criminal Matters

  • United States v. Roceleen Resto; U.S. District Court E.D. of PA (2006) – Secured an acquittal after a 10 ½ week jury trial in which the defendant was charged with kidnapping and RICO conspiracy in connection with the “Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation” racketeering case.
  • United States v. Terry Walker; U.S. District Court E.D. of PA (2008) – Defended individual who was only defendant acquitted at trial of all charges brought in a 22-defendant, 194-count federal indictment involving drug and firearms charges relating to the “Alton Coles Drug Conspiracy.”
  • United States v. Joseph Serrano; U.S. District Court E.D. of PA (2011) – Successfully litigated Section 2255 habeas corpus petition resulting in defendant’s sentence of 151 months being vacated and a new trial ordered by the court.

Civil Litigation Matters

  • Successful defense of a medical practice in a federal civil False Claims Act litigation involving a qui tam relator.
  • Defense and non-trial resolution for a medical professional in response to a civil investigative demand issued in connection with a federal civil False Claims Act investigation.
  • Successful defense of a financial services industry representative sued in a federal qui tam action.
  • City of Philadelphia v. Rocha; PA Commonwealth Court (2007) – Successfully appealed to PA Commonwealth Court a judgment in favor of City of Philadelphia in a civil tax litigation matter. The appeals court reversed the judgment, which was in the amount of $707,000. Published opinion at 935 A.2d 586 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2007).
  • Successful defense of a multimillion-dollar civil tax action brought by Department of Justice Tax Section attorneys against an attorney’s innocent spouse for failure to pay over federal income taxes.
  • Effectuated a favorable pre-lawsuit settlement with no admission of liability in a Federal False Claims Act matter on behalf of a cardiologist in the Philadelphia region.
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Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • J.D., George Washington University Law School
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Villanova University

  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL)
    • President: 2009 – 2011
    • Co-Chair; White Collar Practice Committee: 2012 – present
  • Federal Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee
  • American Bar Foundation


Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Hazing: Understanding the Civil and Criminal Liability Issues for Individuals and Institutions,” Phi Alpha Delta Biennial Convention
  • Presenter, “Ethical Challenges in Criminal Defense and Prosecution,” PBI 2017 Criminal Law Update
  • Presenter, “The Life of an Internal Investigation,” PBI CLE
  • Panelist, “The Ethics of Interviewing Witnesses: There’s a Rule for That!” PBI CLE Ethics Hour
  • Speaker, “Ethical Challenges in Criminal Defense and Prosecution,” PBI Criminal Law Symposium
  • Presenter, “Responding to Grand Jury Subpoenas: The Lawyer is Not a Potted Plant” and “The Art of Sentencing Advocacy: Litigation for Mitigation in State and Federal Courts,” PACDL Annual Conference
  • Presenter, “State Investigating Grand Jury Practice: Essentials for Federal Practitioners,” Federal Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee
  • Speaker, “Ethical Issues in Criminal Defense: There’s a Rule for That!,” PBI Criminal Law Update
  • Presenter, “Employment Law and Whistleblowers: Navigating Your Client to a Safe Harbor,” PACDL White Collar Practice Seminar; Corporate Criminal Investigations
  • Presenter, “Unlocking the Secrets of Investigating Grand Jury Practice,” Philadelphia Bench Bar Conference
  • Speaker, “Pennsylvania Grand Jury Practice: Investigating and Indicting,” Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Presenter, “White Collar Criminal Defense: It’s Not just For the Federal Practitioner Anymore,” PACDL White Collar Seminar
  • Speaker, “Secrets of the Grand Jury,” Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges
  • Presenter, “Controlling the Flow of Information: Federal Grand Jury Practice,” PACDL
  • Speaker, “Making an Effect Sentencing Hearing Presentation,” Federal Bench Bar Conference
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  • The Charles P. Gelso President’s Award, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent rating
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Top 100 Pennsylvania and Top 100 Philadelphia
  • The Best Lawyers in America

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