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If you or a loved one has been wrongfully accused of a crime, or just made a bad mistake, you need an attorney who cares about you. Don't let a momentary lapse of judgement or a bad relationship ruin the rest of your life, give my office a call at 814-455-3100.


I have been in practice since 1995.  I am admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, Federal Court, and the United States Supreme Court.


I specialize in court room litigation, including criminal defense, juvenile defense, family law, and civil law suits.  I also handle traffic cases, license suspensions, protection from abuse defense (PFA), and PFA violation defense (ICC).


I have been married for 9 years, and my wife and I have four (4) children.  I grew up in the Erie area and returned here after law school. 


I am extremely honest with my clients, and somewhat blunt.  I do not try to suger coat your options or inflate what I think I can do for you.  Some attorneys will promise you the sun & moon just to get your business, but then cannot deliver.  I will tell you my honest assessment of your case & options, then fight like hell to get you the best possible result.  I do not take every case that comes to me, I try to take cases from clients who I truly believe in and care about.


I offer free in office consultations on criminal, and personal injury cases.  All other consultations cost $75 for the first hour.


Languages spoken: American Sign Language

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 35%
    20 years, 3.5 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 20%
    20 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  3. Juvenile: 20%
    20 years, 1.2 thousand cases
  4. Family: 20%
    12 years, 500 cases
  5. General Practice: 5%
    12 years, 200 cases



Hourly ($160/hour), contingent (25-30%), Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

504 State St Ste 300
Erie, PA, 16501


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Who's WhoBiltmore2008
CV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2007
Appreciation AwardChildren's Advocacy Center of Erie, PA2003
Trial Advocacy AwardInternational Academy of Trial Lawyers1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of Damon C. Hopkins2004 - Present
Guardian Ad Litem AttorneyErie County2004 - 2006
Deputy District AttorneyErie County District Attorney's Office1996 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Erie County IASOP BoardBoard Member2003 - 2004
Inns of Court, Erie/Crawford County PAMember1997 - 2003
Bar Association of Erie CountyMember1995 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Commonwealth v. Ed DickensAcquitted
Commonwealth v. Eric Jetson LyonsFound Guilty as Charged
Commonwealth v. SeifertAcquitted
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Publication nameTitleDate
Child Abuse Reporting WebsiteLegal Principles2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Allegheny CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Shaken Baby SyndromeShaken Baby Prevention2003
Parents & Children SafetyKeeping Our Children Safe2003
Legal Documentation SeminarLegal Documentation in Child Abuse2003
Child Abuse Reporting ProtocolChild Abuse Reporting2003
Criminal Law & ProcedureChild Abuse Cases2002
Child Abuse SeminarShaken Baby Prevention2002
Keep Your Kids SafeCyber Crimes & Child Safety2000