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Being charged with a crime is a life changing event.   Fear, shock, being scared, extremely concerned, worried, terrified of the unknown, will I lose everything from my family to my job to my house, are all initial words stated and words truly felt by clients I have represented and helped over a 20+ year legal career of private criminal defense.  These feelings are very real and gut wrenching for any person charged with a crime.  In every case I agree to accept a new client to represent, I make it my priority to answer these questions and alleviate the anxiety these feelings bring upon my clients.  How hard a lawyer works, prepares, studies, strategizes, negotiates, convinces, relates, and listens to all aspects of a case makes the entire difference as to what outcome and result can be achieved for each client.  The attorney/client relationship is one of the strongest bonds that exists in our society, and it is my pledge to each and every client to honor that relationship by working tirelessly on each case as if I was the person accused. 


Do you believe in a second chance?  Frankly, it is required to do my job and do it effectively.  To be a criminal defense lawyer I must inherently believe in and see the good in people and treat them with respect despite the criminal charges they face.  Unfortunately, good people make bad decisions and fail to act at all times with great judgment.   Everyone can make a mistake, and I truly believe a person should not be punished for a lifetime because of one error or out of character event.  Sometimes the first mistake is a huge mistake.  It is my responsibility to defend that person with everything I have and draw upon my legal training, skill set, life and trial experiences, past cases, mentors, and professional relationships to achieve the best possible results for my clients. 


I have never worked for law enforcement nor have I been a former prosecutor.  For 20+ years I have cut my path on the private criminal defense side of the courtroom table, and I am very proud of the resluts achieved on behalf of my clients.    




Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 56%
    20 years, 800 cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%
    20 years, 500 cases
  3. Juvenile: 5%
    20 years, 50 cases
  4. Child Abuse: 5%
    20 years, 50 cases
  5. Violent Crime: 4%
    20 years, 20 cases



Fixed (sometimes)

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Contact info

The Quinn Law Firm

2222 West Grandview Boulevard
Erie, PA, 16506


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Phi Beta KappaColgate University1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing Partner - Senior Shareholder - Chairman Criminal DefQuinn Law Firm - Quinn Buseck Leemhuis Toohey and Kroto, Inc.1994 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Erie County Bar Association - Criminal CommitteeCo-chair2010 - 2010
American Inns of CourtMember2005 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1996 - Present
Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1994 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Erie County Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Commonwealth v. Pessia1st Dgr. Murder charge drop to Con. Agg. Assault.
Commonwealth v. HaibachNot Guilty - all charges.
Commonwealth v. CopelandMotion to Suppress GRANTED, all charges dropped against Defendant Copeland
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Publication nameTitleDate
Erie County Bar Association - Seminar MaterialsDefending the OCY Inicated Report2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Pittsburgh School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Colgate UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Defending the Indicated OCY ReportAdministrative Appeal Hearings2010
Criminal PracticumCriminal Trial Strategies2010
Criminal PracticumCriminal Law2009
Criminal law practicumTrial tactics and procedure2009
Criminal law practicumCriminal law 1012008