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Michael T. Van Der Veen

Representation You Deserve.

Experience You Trust.


Philadelphia Personal Injury & Criminal Attorney

van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin is widely recognized for maintaining a uniquely broad practice covering both personal injury and criminal matters. Catering to clients facing criminal charges, and those who have been injured through no fault of their own, van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin is the only law firm that you and your family need, no matter what civil or criminal matter you may encounter. Our firm also serves small businesses, guiding business owners through common legal issues. Whatever your legal needs, look no further for staunch legal representation and compassionate advocacy. This is our commitment to you.

As the only firm in the area handling both personal injury and criminal defense cases, we go beyond simply winning for clients. Serving as a voice for the injured and standing up for the rights of the accused is our personal duty, and we take this responsibility very seriously. Every client is critically important and we live to win. We will not settle for the minimum, we always fight for the best possible result for every client, contact our Philadelphia criminal attorneys today.

Effective Personal Injury Attorney

One of the most common reasons why people need a Philadelphia personal injury attorney is because they have sustained an injury through no fault of their own. Whether a motor vehicle crash, faulty product, or unsafe premises, personal injury matters are as diverse as the clients who seek legal help in these cases. Unfortunately, many attorneys assume that these cases are routine. In fact, only a practice-proven personal injury attorney with years of experience and legal savvy can successfully handle these complicated issues.

Top Notch Criminal Defense Attorney

Trust Philadelphia’s toughest, hardest-working attorney to defend your freedom and your future. Criminal charges are serious. A conviction forever affects your reputation and your freedom. The criminal defense practice at van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin is built on the understanding that everyone is entitled to a zealous defense, no matter what the issue. Whether a DUI offense, white collar crime, or sex offense, the Philadelphia criminal attorneys at van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin promise you discretion and relentless representation. We will fight tirelessly to minimize the negative consequences of a criminal charge. If you are facing criminal charges, our firm is your best defense. Mr. van der Veen is one of the toughest, hardest-working attorneys in Philadelphia, with a long and impressive track record of success. When your future and your freedom hangs in the balance, he is the Philadelphia criminal attorney you need on your side.

Serious crimes necessitate a relentless, savvy defense attorney

The circumstances of each criminal case are different, making these matters particularly complex. Attorney van der Veen started his career as a criminal defense lawyer in Chicago, handling drug cases with national attention. Through these cases, he was instrumental in changing the law, and decriminalizing needle possession, thus reducing the spread of AIDS. Having built his reputation on notable wins in high-stakes, high-profile criminal matters, he handles the most complicated, serious criminal cases, including:

  • Murder—The stakes cannot be higher than they are in a murder case. A conviction can result in life imprisonment or death. In these very difficult cases, it is essential to have a dedicated and experienced legal advocate on your side. Our law firm offers the innovative, winning defense strategy you need and our Philadelphia criminal defense attorneys are not afraid to aggressively defend you in court if necessary.
  • Assault—Some assault offenses are more serious than others, but any conviction negatively impacts your life. As an acclaimed Philadelphia criminal defense attorney, Mr. van der Veen takes the time necessary to understand your case and develop a winning strategy, tailored to the specific circumstances of your situation.
  • Sex crimes—Sex offenses are sensitive matters. These charges necessitate a compassionate but committed representation. Our criminal defense attorneys welcome the opportunity to stand up for those accused of rape, sexual assault, and related crimes. If you are facing sex-related charges, don’t wait another minute and sacrifice your future. Contact us today for vigorous representation. Protecting your rights, your reputation and your future is our goal.
  • DUI—Driving Under the Influence charges can substantially affect your life. Whether this is your first DUI or you have multiple convictions, we work unrelentingly to defend you.
  • Drug offenses—Law enforcement is aggressive in pursuing offenses for possession, manufacturing, or trafficking of controlled substances. It is important, therefore, to have an attorney who is equally aggressive in defending you. Attorney van der Veen is well-known as being the most aggressive attorney in Philadelphia.
  • Arson—In addition to substantial monetary penalties, an arson conviction may send you to jail. Individuals charged with arson may also be facing additional criminal charges, including murder, if people were injured in the fire. A serious crime necessitates a serious criminal defense attorney.

No matter the charges you are facing, our legal team will leverage the facts and circumstances in your case to create a solid defense strategy. Furthermore, we offer clients a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere in which to pursue their case. Our intention is never to judge, only to provide an unwavering defense. Lean on our attorneys to stand up and fight for you when it matters most.

Sophisticated internet crime attorney tapped into the latest case strategies and defenses

Crimes involving the internet are relatively new and are governed by laws that change with evolving technology. Staying abreast of these advances is essential to appropriately handle these legal issues. Clients trust our firm to always be on top of the latest defenses and winning strategies in complicated internet crimes:

  • Theft—Theft offenses are diverse and include identity theft, bank theft, and credit card theft. Because many theft charges arise from misunderstandings, it is important to have an attorney who understands how to leverage the facts to serve in your defense.
  • Possession of child pornography—Having child pornography on your computer can result in a serious criminal charge. Attorney van der Veen has extensive experience handling child pornography cases and is considered a well-versed Pennsylvania internet crimes attorney who can defend you against these sensitive allegations.
  • Forgery—Forgery charges range in seriousness depending on the documents that were allegedly forged. Complicated electronic evidence can make or break your defense, so having a skilled criminal defense lawyer on your side is a must.

The internet is expansive and so are our law firm’s criminal defense capabilities. Mr. van der Veen began his legal career handling a sensitive and evolving area of criminal law, an experience that drove him to excel in other sophisticated criminal issues. In internet crimes cases, we act as a trustworthy legal advocate for those in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania.

Businesses and employees alike require a sophisticated white collar criminal defense attorney

The regulatory maze governing corporate industries is extremely complex. Aggressive federal and state laws have resulted in increased criminal investigations and charges. It takes an experienced Pennsylvania criminal attorney to proficiently navigate these rules and regulations. With your professional reputation on the line, in addition to potential fines and jail time, you cannot rely on second-tier representation. As a reputable Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for 10 years consecutive running, attorney van der Veen provides first-rate criminal defense in white collar crime cases, including:

  • Fraud including banking, insurance, government, and health care
  • Bribery implicating money, services, and valuable information
  • Corporate embezzlement and related theft charges

Contact Our Experienced Philadelphia Criminal & Personal Injury Attorneys Today

Contact one of our Philadelphia criminal attorneys today online or by phone to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss a strategic defense in your case. If you are detained, call 215-515-6892. We are available to you at any hour of the day.

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June 2018

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September 2018

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June 2018

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November 2018

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August 2018

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June 2018

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Stephen Bytheway

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November 2018

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"Handled my case well"

"My lawyer Dan Devlin handled my case well. He kept in touch and made everything go well."

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October 2018

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"The man is beyond great. I have had enough good and bad to know over the years. He and only two others in his league in 30 years. He is professional, suave, ethical and down to earth. He can make a phone call and poof! Magical touch. Amazing! He represented my son on false charges..."

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they get the job done!"
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"Lawyers were very descriptive of all events taking place. They were helpful with any questions or procedures I needed help with or performed. Whenever I called they either immediately returned the call or helped me out."

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"I was very pleased with the end result. You guys helped me understand the process of the laws governing PA law a lot better. I thank you for your time and consideration in my legal matters. Respectfully submitted."

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August 2018

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"My name is Duval Nelson and Brian Harshorn was on my case from start to finish. I was involved in a car accident and everyone treated me respectfully and professionaly. Samantha updated me in a timely fashion. Erica was also wonderful. Brian was able to reach a great settlement for me. Its really a family..."

"Personal Attention"
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June 2018

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"Highly recommend this law firm."
November 2018

"The staff of this firm worked hard to bring this difficult case to a satisfactory settlement. The end result exceeded our expectations."

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"Very friendly and caring"

"They came to my house and took my incident report and were very friendly and caring. They got me a check in less than a year. They are awesome friendly and caring."

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August 2018

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"Thanks to Mr. van der Veen for his wealth of knowledge"
Kamerin Goins

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"5 Stars"
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"Good lawyers"

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"Updated on everything"
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"Extremely Pleased"
Norberto Baez

"I was extremely pleased through every step of the process while my case was being handled. Everyone was kind, courteous and considerate with any request I made as well as my time promptly answering any phone calls or emails."

"The Best Attorneys in town hands down"
Robert Harris

"I had the opportunity to retain this firm for my 2018 accident. The steps that were taken from start to finish were second to none. I want to say thanks to Earl, Malikah and Mark in the PIP department. Nelson I want to give you a special shout out for being on top of my..."

"Very Impressed"
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September 2018<

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"One Super Lawyer"
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"I’m grateful"
Janira Bremner
October 2018

"I’m very appreciative of the Firms’ support and guidance in the follow-up to a traumatic experience. I felt safe and confident in their abilities to help me navigate the complexities of the circumstance. I’m grateful for the just outcome attained in the end."

"Richard Coble was very professional"
James Pagano

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"Brian never lost hope that everything would work out"

"I would highly recommend Brian Hartshorn as he is a fantastic personal injury lawyer. Brian is very friendly and easy to get in touch with when I hod a question about my case. Although the process was lengthy, Brian never lost hope that everything would work out in the end! Of course he was right..."

"Great experience"
Acciavatti Nicole

"It was a great experience."

"Brian's my go to lawyer"

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"They are great!"
Selajdin Vila

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"Amazing attorney"
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"Brian Hartshorn is an amazing attorney."

"Definitely would recommend them."
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"I had a great experience with them. They made sure they stayed in contact with me even with a new number. They were very helpful and got me a settlement quick. Definitely would recommend them."

"5 Stars"
Luciana Ramirez

"He does his job the right way"
Anthony Laumeister

"This is one of the best place's you can go to when you need a lawyer. He is great at what he does, and takes good care of you. He does his job the right way as he is supposed to do. So, if I were you he would be a lawyer I would call."

"Excellent work"
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"I wanted to thank you for the excellent work you did as my attorney with the settlement of my automobile accident. I know you have a lot of clients, so your prompt responses and attention to detail really meant a lot to me."

"They are the BEST!!!!"
Posted by Kimberly Adams
October 2018

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"Very Understanding"
Kyle Hughes
September 2018

"I had a wonderful experience with the van der Veen law firm .. Everyone made sure I was feeling ok. They made me feel like family and I never had to worry.. Earl Brewer provided me help every step of the way. He is very understanding and I’m gratetful for him.. Thank you all for..."

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$100 million in settlements and verdicts, and delivered historic legal successes to clients around the state. Our impressive civil and criminal case results include:

Successful Civil Case Results:

Successful Criminal Case Results:

  • Not guilty verdict in a murder case in Philadelphia
  • Not guilty jury verdict in a rape case in Philadelphia
  • Not guilty jury verdict in an aggravated assault of a police officer case in Philadelphia
  • Not guilty verdict in a drug trafficking case in Montgomery County
  • Not guilty verdict in DUI case in Bucks County
  • Embezzlement charges dropped for a Philadelphia businessman
  • Child pornography charges dropped in Montgomery County
  • Governor’s pardon for a Wall Street stockbroker charged with theft
  • Governor’s pardon for a man charged with assault
  • Charges dropped for a man accused of Arson

Aggressive, hands-on experience when you need it most

It is rare to encounter an attorney who competently handles both personal injury and criminal defense matters while delivering outstanding results. Mr. van der Veen is that attorney in the Philadelphia area. The depth and breadth of his experience allows him to handle a diverse range of legal issues:

Philadelphia Personal Injury

Attorney van der Veen’s professional repertoire includes disputes ranging from motor vehicle accidents, premises liability cases, product liability disputes, and nursing home negligence claims. He fights for the injured against the most sophisticated and deep-pocket defense teams—always to win.

Philadelphia Criminal Defense

From sex offenses, Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charges, and white collar crimes, Attorney van der Veen's criminal defense experience is expansive. He built his career on high-profile wins in criminal matters.

Philadelphia Commercial Litigation

Providing both sound advice and zealous representation, we are a trusted resource for small businesses. We work non-stop to satisfy the diverse legal needs of Pennsylvania and New Jersey businesses.

Philadelphia Civil Rights

Of the law firms that handle civil rights litigation, van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin is one of the most esteemed. If your constitutional rights have been violated, whether by law enforcement, government agencies, or educational institutions, we do everything we can to right that injustice.

Hard-driving personal injury attorneys help accident victims recover from devastating injuries

With an extensive and diverse civil practice, we are the Philadelphia personal injury attorneys that many clients have relied upon to meet their litigation needs:

  • Accidents — Motor vehicle accidents can leave victims with extensive injuries and significant medical bills. We are relentless in fighting to secure maximum compensation for clients injured in all types of accidents involving cars, motorcycles, 18-wheelers, tractor trailer trucks, commercial trucks and vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles and recreational vehicles.

  • Product liability — If you have been injured by a defective product, the company that made or manufactured the product may be liable for your injuries. Through a product liability action, we take on even the largest companies in obtaining redress for your injuries.

  • Premises liability — People are often injured on another’s property. If this has happened to you, you have rights. Trust our decades of premises liability experience to enforce these rights in your case. If you have been injured as the result of someone else’s negligence, we will seek maximum compensation and stop at nothing to win.

  • Dram shop — If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, liability for your injuries may extend beyond just the driver. Bars and restaurants may also be liable. We skillfully leverage Pennsylvania’s Dram Shop laws to hold responsible parties accountable for damage and injuries they have caused.

  • Dog bites — Pennsylvania has stringent laws governing a dog owner’s liability for dog bites. If you were bitten by another person’s dog, whether on public or private property, we put Pennsylvania dog bite laws to work in seeking compensation for your injuries.

  • Nursing home negligence — Nursing home negligence and abuse is a horrible reality for many elderly Americans. If your family member has suffered injury or neglect at the hands of uncaring or incompetent nursing home staff, we are aggressive in our efforts to seek accountability and full, fair recovery.

No matter the personal injury issue you are facing, we tailor our approach and case strategy to your specific circumstances and needs. And, you can trust us to be completely honest with you. If a settlement is in your best interest, you can rest assured that we will do everything necessary to obtain the maximum recovery outside of a trial. In the event your case goes to trial, we never shy away from standing up to large insurance companies, government entities, and sly defense teams in court. We will go up against anyone when it comes to our clients. We live for the challenge of fighting and winning on your behalf.

Aggressively fighting for the rights of the innocent and accused

If you are facing criminal allegations, what you need most is a hard-hitting criminal defense attorney. One with a fierce commitment to winning and a deep commitment to you and your freedom. One who lifts you up and helps you become stronger in every aspect of your life – mentally, physically and spiritually, so when you are under fire as a result of criminal accusations, you are able to effectively weather the storm. Michael T. van der Veen is the Philadelphia criminal attorney who delivers all these things. He is uncompromising in his efforts to fight the charges against you, including:

  • DUI — As one of Pennsylvania’s premier DUI defense attorney, Mr. van der Veen and team has had tremendous success winning DUI trials and/or securing reduced sentences.

  • Assault — Mr. van der Veen has successfully defended many clients throughout the course of his career against felony aggravated assault charges and related offenses. We come to your defense quickly, when you need it most.

  • Sex offenses — Nothing is routine about sex crimes cases, and there is nothing routine about the defense strategies that we mount for you. Whether accused of rape, sexual assault, or other serious sex crimes, we do everything necessary to defend you. Don’t trust just anyone when your future hangs in the balance. Trust our skill and innovative approach.

  • Drugs — With substantial, high-profile experience in drug cases, rely on van der Veen, O'Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin to stand up for you against charges of selling, manufacturing, or trafficking controlled substances. Attorney van der Veen began his career as a criminal lawyer in Chicago, handling high-profile drug cases. Specifically, the Chicago needle trials in the 1990’s, which garnered national attention. He was instrumental in changing the law, decriminalizing needle possession, thus reducing the spread of AIDS.

  • White collar crimes — Recognized by companies and employees around the state for steadfast white collar criminal defense, we are advocates for those accused of corporate embezzlement, fraud, and related crimes.

  • Internet crimes — Rare and exceptional expertise in internet crimes allows us to succeed in internet crimes cases where other attorneys cannot. Whether you are facing a possession of child pornography or identity theft and forgery charge, we are your steadfast advocate.

With your reputation, future, and freedom on the line, you cannot settle for second-rate criminal representation. We fight for first-rate results.

Upholding fundamental constitutional rights and guarantees

A robust civil rights practice rounds out our comprehensive criminal and personal injury expertise. Individuals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey rely on us to uphold constitutional rights:

  • Police brutality — Through our decades of experience, we know that not all force used by police is justified. On behalf of injured victims throughout Pennsylvania, we are not afraid to hold law enforcement accountable for excessive force and other police brutality.

  • False imprisonment or wrongful arrest — If you have been detained or arrested without probable cause, you may be entitled to damages. With our firm by your side, we uphold your constitutional due process rights and make sure you get the recovery you deserve.

  • Discrimination — Being a victim of discrimination can leave you out of work or unable to access educational opportunities. It is important to hold individuals and institutions responsible for discrimination. We help you do that.

A trusted partner for your small business

For decades, our firm has served small businesses across Pennsylvania and New Jersey, lending experience and expertise to the issues with which businesses commonly grapple:

  • Contracts — Every business relies on contracts, and area businesses routinely engage the firm to advise them during contract drafting and execution. Often this entails taking unresolved matters to court when doing so is in the best interest of your business.

  • Antitrust — Business and antitrust regulations are complicated—and non-compliance is costly. Through seasoned legal counsel, we aim to ensure that your business is operating within the bounds of applicable competition laws.

  • Government investigations — We have the knowledge and legal savvy you need when facing corporate, criminal and government investigations into business practices, regulation compliance or other matters by the Attorney General, state police, district attorney’s office or other state or federal agency.

  • Formation and dissolution — From startup to dissolution, there are many legal issues that a business encounters. Our firm is a trusted resource for thorough representation at all stages in the life of your business.

If you are in need of a knowledgeable Philadelphia criminal defense attorney, call us today

Few Pennsylvania law firms offer the extensive legal practice that clients find at van der Veen, O'Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin. Individuals, families, and small businesses lean on our firm and knowledgeable attorneys for seasoned advice and staunch representation. Call (215) 515-6892 or contact us online to explore how our tremendous experience can work for you. Our Philadelphia criminal attorneys offer free initial consultations for all clients. Individuals in Philadelphia or neighboring counties can visit our office, just blocks from City Hall and the Jefferson SEPTA station.

Comprehensive representation. Impressive results.

You have options when it comes to choosing a lawyer, but not all attorneys are the same. The Law Offices of Michael T. van der Veen offers clients an experience that goes beyond the traditional attorney-client model—and one that you cannot find anywhere else.

  • Client-centric focus — Our commitment to you and your well-being extends beyond the resolution of your case. Lean on us to coach you in all aspects of your life, to ensure that you remain healthy and strong throughout your case. We are with you during the often-difficult process of rebuilding your life following an accident or serious criminal allegations.

  • Professional accomplishment — A reputable all-star in the Pennsylvania legal community, Mr. van der Veen has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for ten years running. This recognition is bestowed to only the top attorneys in the state.

  • Commitment to community — Our unrelenting dedication to clients extends beyond the law practice to the broader community. Through participation in local organizations and dedication to charitable causes, we are driven to serve the community with the same unrelenting passion we have to serve clients.

  • Criminal and civil litigation experience — Many law firms handle only civil or only criminal matters. Mr. van der Veen is the only attorney in the area that can offer you dynamic representation in all civil and all criminal legal matters. He knows his way around both courtrooms and has extensive experience handling all types of both civil and criminal cases. Attorney van der Veen handles everything from murder, DUI, rape, embezzlement and theft, to personal injury, accidents and even traffic tickets if necessary to help clients. In addition, he is licensed in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey to better serve your legal needs.

  • Unrivaled work ethic — Mr. van der Veen and his team work around-the-clock every day of the year for clients. For him, fighting and winning for you is not just a career, it is his lifelong passion.

  • Unparalleled results — Mr. van der Veen’s record speaks for itself, with an unparalleled number of high-profile successes in both criminal defense and civil litigation. Our firm has secured more.

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If you want an attorney with dogged determination and unwavering commitment to winning, contact our Philadelphia criminal attorneys today

van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin is the premier Philadelphia law firm for comprehensive legal counsel and superior representation. We offer free consultations for all case types, and we are available 24/7 to take your call. The firm’s downtown office is conveniently located in the city center, close to City Hall and the Criminal Justice Center, and easily accessible via public transportation. Call 215-515-6892 or contact us online today.

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