Andrew F. Schneider

Andrew F. Schneider

Sole Practitioner
Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Andrew F. Schneider was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. During the tumultuous years between the 1960's and early ‘70's, when the Viet Nam war raged at home and abroad and the civil rights movement emerged, he decided to embark on a profession that helped people who needed it most. After college, he enlisted in the National Guard and then moved to Philadelphia to attend Temple Law School.

He worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the Governor's Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (part of the Governor's Office) and he was permitted to do some outside work. Because he lived in Middletown, PA, known for Three Mile Island, he was repulsed by their curfew; so, without a staff he filed a lawsuit in the Middle District and took it up to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Shortly after the birth of his daughter, and further in his commitment to people, he worked as an advocate for the American Bar Association, representing mental patients at Norristown State Hospital. When that project closed, he was hired by the Bucks County Public Defender's Office as an assistant public defender. It was love at first sight.

After four of his happiest years, he went into private practice and has handled any number of high-profile criminal cases in Pennsylvania, as can be seen on his website.

He is married to Debbie Yoder Schneider, who is also a lawyer, and intends to keep defending people until he "drops." They have a son and three cats.

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Criminal Defense

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1973
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1974


  • Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 1973
  • Hunter College, New York, New York
    • B.A. - 1969
    • Major: Political Science
    • Minor: History
  • National College for Criminal Defense
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Death Penalty Defense, Jury Selection, Advanced Cross Examination

Published Works

  • "In the Spotlight", PACDL Forum
  • Chapter on Model Cross Examination of Police Officer in DUI Prosecution, Wasserbly, Pennsylvania Criminal Practice, West Publishing Co.
  • West's Pennsylvania Practice - Criminal Practice, Thomson West


  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Temple University School of Criminal Justice, 1979 - 1981
  • Lectures on Ethics and Trial Techniques, PA Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Bucks County Bar Association
  • Lecturer on Criminal Law & Ethics, PACDL & Bucks Co. Bar Assn.

Honors and Awards

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2004 - 2014
  • The President's Award as Defender of Freedom, 1998 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member, 1974 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 1977 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board of Directors, 1999 - 2001
  • Mercer County Bar Association, Member
  • Buck's County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section, Chairperson , 1989 - 1990
  • Pennsylvania Assoc. of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Editor PACDL Forum, 1988 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Assistant Public Defender, 1977 - 1981
  • American Bar Association Commission on Mentally Disabled, Staff Attorney, 1976 - 1977
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Assistant Attorney General, 1973 - 1976
  • Pennsylvania Assistant Attorney General, 1973 - 1976

Pro Bono Activities

  • Innocence Project - Volunteer Attorney, 2010 - Present


  • English