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Thomas Lincoln Kearney

Thomas Lincoln Kearney IV

also known as T.L. Kearney

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Speeding & Traffic Ticket

About Me

When the Commonwealth accuses someone of a crime this is a very serious allegation.  The Commonwealth is putting this persons rights, reputation, and freedom at stake. I make it my absolute priority to protect their rights within the legal system, develop aggressive strategies toward defending their case, and ensure they are positioned and legally advised on how to best resolve their case and move forward.


Every legal situation is different and deserves an individualized approach.  Every client has different needs and goals. Often emotional and other non-legal concerns arise as a result of a legal situation. I therefore ensure to listen closely, communicate frequently, and reject a "cookie cutter" approach to every case. Through this model I am able to provide uncompromising solutions and client service that enables me to minimize, if not eliminate, the consequences of the criminal accusation. I ensure to accomplish this with every client based on the belief that success in the area of criminal defense requires trial readiness, experience, legal knowledge, preparation and hands on client service.  

By way of history, I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh where I received a B.S. in both Business and Psychology. I then graduated Cum Laude from Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware where I received a Juris Doctorate degree. While attending Widener Law School, I served on the Executive Board as an Editor for the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law and was the Vice President of the Student Bar Association. I was also selected for an externship with the Honorable Justice Richard Barclay Surrick of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.


I spent over 2.5 years working as an Assistant District Attorney for York County, Pennsylvania where I was assigned to the Major Crimes Unit. During my time in the York County District Attorney’s Office I handled numerous jury trials where I obtained several noted convictions and gained significant litigation experience as well as a detailed insight into prosecutorial strategies.  This experience has been invaluable in the development of a successful criminal defense practice.


I have been admitted to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Middle District of Pennsylvania and both the Pennsylvania and York County Bar Associations. I am also an active participant in the Herbert B. Cohen Chapter of the American Inns of Court.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2009

  1. DUI & DWI: 45%
  2. Criminal Defense: 45%
  3. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 10%



Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Shawn Michael Curry

    Some people just get it. Attorney Kearney is one of those people. Fortunately for people accused of crimes, he is also a criminal defense lawyer. Attorney Kearney doesn't just see the criminal accusation. He sees the person behind it and the impact it can have on their life. I find him to be sincere in his approach. I endorse this lawyer.


    Shawn Curry Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • David Bruce Mueller

    I have known TL Kearney professionally for several years and have worked closely with him on several occasions. He is an excellent trial attorney, a hard worker and a zealous advocate.


    David Mueller Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

The Law Office of Christopher A. Ferro, LLC

160 E Market St
Law Firm Of Christopher Ferro
York, PA, 17401-1219



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Service AwardYork County Bar Association2013
Outstanding Service AwardWidener University School of Law2008

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Criminal Defense AttorneyThe Law Office of Cristopher A. Ferro, LLC2012 - Present
Assistant District AttorneyYork County District Attorney's Office2010 - 2012
ClerkThe Honorable Richard Barclay Surrick2008 - 2009

Association NamePosition NameDuration
York County Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionPast President2014 - Present
York County Bar AssociationBoard Member2013 - 2013
York County Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionPresident2013 - 2013
York County Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionPresident-Elect2012 - 2012
York County Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionTreasurer/Secretary2011 - 2011
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationActive Member2009 - Present
York County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
American Inns of CourtMember2009 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Woman Accused of DUI for Being in Vehicle With Engine Not RunningCase Dismissed At Magisterial District Court
Man Accused of Recklessly Endangering For Utilizing Firearm in Physical AltercationDismissal of all misdemeanor charges and client recevied a small fine for a summary ticket.
Man Accused of Felony Carrying a Firearm Without a License & Recklessly EndangeringFelony Firearm Charge Dismissed and Reduced to a Misdemeanor for Probation & Recklessly Endangering Charge Dismissed

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Widener University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
The University of PittsburghBusiness & PsychologyBS - Bachelor of Science2006

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
York College - Criminal LawCriminal & DUI Law2015
Central York High School - Criminal LawCriminal & DUI Developments2015