State College criminal defense attorney Jason S. Dunkle has been representing Penn State students and alums facing criminal charges since 2004.
Educational Background & Experience
While at Penn State, Attorney Dunkle was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Undergraduate Law Society. In 2000, he graduated from Penn State with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science.
Following graduation from Penn State, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law awarded Attorney Dunkle if Dean’s Scholarship, which was based upon academic achievement and provided a 50% tuition break. After completing his first year of law school, Attorney Dunkle interned as a law clerk with the judges of the Court of Common Pleas in Centre County. In 2004, Attorney Dunkle graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree with a 3.67 grade point average.
Attorney Dunkle passed the Pennsylvania Bar Exam in the fall of 2004 and has been a criminal defense lawyer in Centre County ever since. In 2012, Attorney Dunkle started his own law firm, JD Law, P.C., in State College. Over the years, Attorney Dunkle has successfully represented people in all phases of a criminal case, from pre-charge investigations, preliminary hearings, pretrial suppression motions, trials, and appeals. Cases have included relatively minor summary offenses such as Underage Drinking and Public Drunkenness, misdemeanor offenses like DUI and marijuana possession, to felony offenses like Aggravated Assault and Rape.
Professional Awards & Recognitions
Attorney Dunkle is on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, whose membership includes the top criminal defense attorneys in Pennsylvania. Attorney Dunkle has been nominated as a Rising Star or a Super Lawyer every year since 2011. The Rising Star designation is given to no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in Pennsylvania who are under the age of 40 or who have been practicing law for less than 10 years. After turning 40 and no longer eligible to be designated as a Rising Star, Attorney Dunkle’s excellence in providing legal representation continues to be recognized by his peers through his selection as a Super Lawyer. The national attorney rating service AVVO gives Attorney Dunkle a perfect 10.0 rating.
Community Service & Volunteer Work
Giving back to the community is also important to Attorney Dunkle. As a husband and father of three, family and giving back to the community is also important to Attorney Dunkle. As a member of the board of directors for the Penns Valley Youth Center, he volunteers time and money to benefit the youth in his community. He has been a coach on the various sports teams for his children. Professionally, Attorney Dunkle has volunteered his time to be a guest speaker at Penn State law-related classes, the Undergraduate Law Society, and various sororities and fraternities. Attorney Dunkle has also participated in”Wills for Heroes,” a program in which attorneys draft wills for first-responders.
- Pennsylvania, 2004
- University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- J.D. – 2004
- Honors: Dean’s Scholarship
- Pennsylvania State University
- B.A. – 2001
- Honors: National Society of Collegiate Scholars
- Major: Political Science
Honors and Awards
- Super Lawyer, 2018
- Rising Star 2011 – 2017
- Perfect 10.0 AVVO rating
- AVVO Clients Choice Award 2012-2017
- Lead Counsel, Criminal Defense, 2014-2017
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member of Executive Committee
Pro Bono Activities
- Penns Valley Youth Center, Board Member
- Pittsburgh Project, Community Revitalization Program
- Special Olympics Volunteer
- Kappa Sigma