About Michael L. Viola

Michael L. Viola is an attorney with the firm of Shainberg & Viola, P.C. which limits its practice to family law.  He received a Juris Doctorate from Temple University School of Law in 1989 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986.  He has also completed the American Sign Language/English Interpreting program at Community College of Philadelphia.

Since October 2010, Mr. Viola has also served as the Family Law Staff Attorney for Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono in Philadelphia whose mission is to connect volunteer attorneys with low-income individuals with civil matters in Philadelphia.

Mr. Viola has been active with the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations.   With the Pennsylvania Bar Association, he has served as a member of Council of the Family Law Section and as a member of its Executive Committee. He also served as a member of the House of Delegates for Zone 1 (Philadelphia).  He was the Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Gay and Lesbian Rights Committee from 2005-2008.  With the Philadelphia Bar Association, Mr. Viola has served as the 1997 Chair of the Young Lawyers Division and as the 2001 Chair of the Family Law Section.  He is also a past co-chair of that Association’s Committee of the Legal Rights of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. He was also a member of the Court Language Access Task Force and the Civil Gideon Task Force with the Philadelphia Bar Association. He served as the Chair of the LGBT Rights Committee in 2012, and as co-chair of that committee in 2013 and 2014.

Mr. Viola is a member of the Family Law Advisory Board of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and was a member of the Philadelphia County Domestic Relations Rules Committee.  He has served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Justinian Society of Philadelphia as well as the treasurer for the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia.

Mr. Viola has been an instructor in the area of domestic relations for PBI and for area pro bono organizations including Philadelphia VIP and the Legal Clinic for the Disabled.  Since the inception of the Legal Clinic for the Disabled, he has served as a volunteer attorney. He has previously served on the Legal Clinic’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Viola was also an adjunct professor in the Paralegal Studies Program on Community College of Philadelphia.

Mr. Viola has also been the recipient of several awards including an Award of Appreciation from the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division in 1994, the Michael K. Smith Excellence in Service Award in 1998, Awards of Appreciation from the Legal Clinic for Disabled in 1995 and 2002, a Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Award in 2003 and the “Strut your Stuff” Award from the Legal Clinic for the Disabled in 2006. In 2014, he was one of the recipients of the Shepherds of Peace Award from the Good Shepherd Mediation Program.

  1. keysha
    June 27, 2010 at 9:58 pm


    • Michael Viola
      June 27, 2010 at 10:14 pm

      That is not a simple question. I would suggest that you call my office at 215-988-9700 and we can discuss your case.

  2. July 14, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Michael-do you know anything about probate and estates? my greedy uncle got living wills for my gran and her sister without the rest of the familys knowledge, which I think makes him executor of their estates. well he hasnt disbursed anything. Instead he has taken ownership of all their property and possessions and is now renting their homes and pocketing the money. about 3 yrs ago we pooled our funds and took him to court. the judge ordered him to sell the property and again disburse the proceeds to the beneficiaries. he hasnt done so to date. Every time anyone tries to speak with him on this he calls the police on them.

    Is there anything we can do? Is there a way to alert the courts that a court order has been violated?

    • Michael Viola
      July 14, 2010 at 7:12 pm

      If you are in Pennsylvania, you can call me at 215-988-9700. While I do not handle probate and estate issues, I do know attorneys who do and I can get you their contact information.

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