Michele E. Turner
Office: Philadelphia, PA
Howard University, B.A.
Temple University School of Law, J.D.
- Supporting youth
Michele E. Turner is a member of Bennett, Bricklin & Saltzburg LLC and works on the firm's municipal law, premises liability, products liability, toxic tort, and motor vehicle liability teams where she is involved in all phases of discovery and trial. Michele also leads as the co-chair of the firm's Diversity Committee. She graduated from Howard University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, then received her Juris Doctor from the Temple University School of Law in 1992 receiving recognition for her outstanding advocacy skills. While in law school, Michele mentored Philadelphia high school students through Temple’s Law, Education and Participation program (“LEAP”) and coached these students in city-wide mock trial competitions. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Clifford Scott Green, former Senior Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In 1992, Ms. Turner was a founding member and Assistant Executive Editor of the Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review, a scholarly journal that enjoys a national reputation for excellence.
Michele served with distinction as an Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia Law Department for six years, serving for a time in the Civil Rights Division, and then in the Claims Division. In the Civil Rights Division, she handled cases stemming from alleged police brutality, false arrest and section 1983 claims against the City of Philadelphia. In this capacity, she second chaired a high profile trial involving the death of a City of Philadelphia inmate and, in another case, was specifically selected to cross examine the plaintiff in an alleged sexual discrimination case against a high ranking prison official, which settled prior to trial. In the Claims Division, Michele handled many claims arising under the Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act, ranging from slip and falls to catastrophic injury and death cases. She has conducted countless depositions, participated in numerous arbitrations and has tried many City cases to verdict, all with great success. In the products liability area, Michele has represented numerous companies in multiple jurisdictions in the defense of asbestos claims including equipment manufacturers, component parts manufacturers and companies against whom traditional premises/negligence claims are asserted. She has tried asbestos cases to verdict, participated in mediations and conducted countless depositions of both fact and expert witnesses.
Michele is regularly appointed and serves as an arbitrator in the compulsory arbitration program of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. She has served as a volunteer attorney for the Support Center for Child Advocates, an organization committed to quality legal representation for abused and neglected children in Philadelphia. She was selected for the First Judicial District Honor Roll for Pro Bono service in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and she is a 2000 fellow of the Academy of Advocacy. She has lectured for the PBI to other attorneys about courtroom tactics. She is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. She is admitted to practice in all Pennsylvania trial and appellate courts. She prides herself on the careful, pretrial preparation of cases and, in particular, the optimal use of interpersonal skills to obtain information in depositions, to the advantage of the client. She has extensive experience from both sides of the courtroom, having represented defendants and plaintiffs during her career.
Outside of law, Michele enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters. She also enjoys cooking, reading and supporting youth through both her church and organizations of which she is a member.