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.
Licensed since 1994
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Phi Beta Kappa||Colgate University||1991|
|Managing Partner - Senior Shareholder - Chairman Criminal Def||Quinn Law Firm - Quinn Buseck Leemhuis Toohey and Kroto, Inc.||1994 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Erie County Bar Association - Criminal Committee||Co-chair||2010 - 2010|
|American Inns of Court||Member||2005 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||1996 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||1994 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member||1994 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1994 - Present|
|Erie County Bar Association||Member||1994 - Present|
|Commonwealth v. Pessia||1st Dgr. Murder charge drop to Con. Agg. Assault.|
|Commonwealth v. Haibach||Not Guilty - all charges.|
|Commonwealth v. Copeland||Motion to Suppress GRANTED, all charges dropped against Defendant Copeland|
|Erie County Bar Association - Seminar Materials||Defending the OCY Inicated Report||2010|
|University of Pittsburgh School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1994|
|Colgate University||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1991|
|Defending the Indicated OCY Report||Administrative Appeal Hearings||2010|
|Criminal Practicum||Criminal Trial Strategies||2010|
|Criminal Practicum||Criminal Law||2009|
|Criminal law practicum||Trial tactics and procedure||2009|
|Criminal law practicum||Criminal law 101||2008|