Michael H. Applebaum




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Attorney Michael H. Applebaum has tried hundreds of cases and represented thousands of clients in his over 40 years of practicing law in Pennsylvania. His professionalism, conversational style, statesmanlike honesty and tenacious trial methods have earned him the respect of Judges, jurors, clients, associates, and the community as a whole.

Perhaps one of the most difficult and best known cases in which Michael H. Applebaum was involved was the murder of a Philadelphia teenager named Eddie Polec on November 11, 1994 about which the book In Eddie’s Name: One Family’s Triumph over Tragedy was written.

In 1960, entered Temple University in Philadelphia, working his way through undergraduate school as a longshoreman on the docks of Philadelphia.

In 1964, Michael H. Applebaum graduated from Temple University with a B.S. in Accounting with a Minor in Journalism and Communications. While at Temple, Michael H. Applebaum served as the Press Secretary for the Temple University Newspaper.

After Temple, Michael H. Applebaum received a full scholarship to the prestigious Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville (considered by many legal scholars to be the Harvard of the South). At law school, he was a member of the much esteemed Law Review and graduated in the top 10% of his class in 1967 earning a Juris Doctor degree. He also served as Chairman of the Law Student Civil Rights Counsel which was involved with protecting the rights of minorities and ensuring that they were not singled out and persecuted because of their race, color or creed. Additionally, the counsel was responsible for organizing many of Dr. Martin Luther King’s speaking engagements to The Brandeis School of Law.

In 1967, Michael H. Applebaum was accepted to the University of Cambridge, in the United Kingdom, as an International Exchange Scholar at one of the oldest and most renowned colleges in the world, Cambridge’s Clare College which was founded in 1326.

A sudden family illness made it impossible for Michael H. Applebaum to continue his studies overseas at Cambridge. He then entered the one year program Masters of Taxation at New York University (NYU) in 1967.

In 1968, Michael H. Applebaum returned to Philadelphia and successfully completed the Pennsylvania Bar Exam after which he began practicing law in Pennsylvania.

Over the last 40 years, Michael H. Applebaum has built the powerful practice, Applebaum and Associates. The practice has five offices with a team of strong associates and very skilled paralegals. Applebaum and Associates are trial lawyers who represent their clients’ interests daily in court.

One of the most distinguishing characteristics of Michael H. Applebaum’s approach to representing his clients can be summed up by this quote after he was asked “What is the hardest aspect of having practiced law all these years?” Michael H. Applebaum replied; “Each trial is like my first, I don’t sleep well at night, even now after all these years, when I have a trial in the morning. It’s a huge responsibility to have my clients’ futures in my hands and I always prepare the best possible case to ensure the best possible outcome for them (my clients) and their families.”

Areas of Practice

  • Drunk Driving
  • Criminal Defense
  • White Collar Crime
  • Traffic Violations
  • Drug Violations
  • Domestic Violence


  • Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Juris Doctor – 1967
  • Honors: Top 10% of the Class
  • Law Review: Louis D. Brandeis School of Law Review, Member
  • New York University
  • Master’s Degree – 1967
  • Major: Taxation
  • Temple University
  • B.S. – 1964
  • Major: Accounting
  • Minor: Journalism and Communications
  • Professional Associations and Memberships
  • The Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL), Member
  • American Association of Justice (AAJ), Member
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