I am a Philadelphia native and attended The Haverford School, Valley Forge Middle School, and Conestoga High School.  While completing my preparatory education, I participated in scholastic and private sports (baseball and basketball, mostly) and won a model stock market simulation (for the region, with partial time as the first-place team nationally) while in middle school.  After preparatory school, I attended Elon College in North Carolina, and was eventually graduated from American University in Washington D.C. with a degree in Political Science.  After college, I attended Widener University Law School.

During my time in law school I interned with:

  • The Honorable Edward G. Rendell as a political intern
  • The in-house counsel at Primavera Systems in Bala Cynwyd
  • The Chester County District Attorney’s Office as a certified legal intern

(For a more complete curriculum please visit my LinkedIn page through the link at the very top of this page.)

Due to a strong interest in technology, after law school and my internships concluded, I moved to Santa Cruz, CA, and sold network testing software to many of the companies that now provide services essential to our modern world.  I was also able to get involved with negotiating sales contracts, and to see the early appearance of “cyberlaw” in our everyday lives. (Remember those shrink-wrap or click-wrap agreements?)

I returned to Pennsylvania and founded the Law Offices of Michael E. Houghton Esq. P.C. in 2009, after being admitted to practice in Pennsylvania in 2008.  My practice provides legal services in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties in the areas of law described in more detail within this site.

I have defended a wide variety of clients involving matters such as traffic offenses, drug & sex offenses, and violations of probation/parole (“VOP”).  I have also represented parties to family law litigation, such as custody and support matters, in jurisdictions throughout southeastern Pennsylvania. Moreover, I have experience in various forms of appeals, such as appeals from a Magisterial District Justice’s (“District Court”) decision in a civil or summary matter (traffic) to the appropriate court of common pleas; and, from the court of common pleas to the Pennsylvania Superior Court and sometimes on to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

I am also admitted to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s Bankruptcy Court and District Court.  And, I have been admitted pro hac vice for limited circumstances in the Central District of Ohio.

Please reach out to me today if you think that I can help you or a loved one with a legal matter.