Duquesne University School of Law

Mark Sindler

Paralegal Institute Adjunct Faculty

E-Mail Address: sindlerm@duq.edu

Mark Sindler is a Pittsburgh-based, solo practitioner who devotes his private practice to the defense of those accused of violating criminal laws. He regularly represents defendants in both the Pennsylvania common-pleas court system  and federal trial courts. His trial experience extends to matters involving firearms, controlled substances, violent behavior, fraud, and vehicle -code violations. He is also adept in administrative proceedings involving driver licensing.

His representation extends to hearings on arraignment, bond, pre-trial resolution of suppression and other procedural motions, jury trials and, when necessary, sentencing hearings.  His early involvement in the investigative stages on behalf of a client oftentimes lessens or eliminates a client's exposure to prosecution.

His teaching abilities originated with stints as a visiting instructor at the Pennsylvania State Police training academy while he served as a Deputy Attorney General from September 1989 to March 1995. He went on to serve over 20 years as an adjunct teacher in the Widener University Law School's Intensive Trial Advocacy Program. His instruction at Duquesne University began with the summer session on legal ethics, starting in 2002, and later expanded to include the criminal law course offered each January.

Mr. Sindler buffers his law practice with ongoing memberships in the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has occasionally provided course instruction for other lawyers seeking credits for continuing legal education and authored a short treatise on federal immunity for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.

Since 1996, Mr. Sindler has maintained uninterrupted membership on a regional panel of lawyers who provide court -appointed help to indigent individuals whose right to counsel in criminal cases is guaranteed in Pittsburgh's and Johnstown's federal district courts. He also discharges his pro bono obligations to the legal profession by representing women victimized by domestic violence and assisting those of limited resources in obtaining divorce decrees.

  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Professional Responsibility

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