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Thomas A Pavlinic

Thomas A Pavlinic

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense

Thomas Pavlinic

About Me

Tom was born and raised in Youngstown, OH. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD in 1969 and from George Washington Law School, Washington, DC in 1973. He was admitted to practice in Maryland by the Court of Appeals on December 27, 1973. Since his admission, he has never been the subject of any complaints or disciplinary proceedings. He has a completely unblemished record with the Bar.


 


After law school Tom clerked a year for the Hon. E. Mackall Childs in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, Maryland before spending two years as a staff attorney with the Office of the Public Defender. Since 1975, he has been in private practice.


 


In the mid 1990s, Tom began to focus his practice on defending child sex abuse cases. Since then, he has devoted his practice exclusively to sex crimes defense. Over the last two decades he has represented hundreds of clients throughout the country. He has been admitted pro hac vice as defense counsel at the trial and/or appellate level on criminal child sexual abuse cases in Massachusetts, Florida, West Virginia, Virginia, Utah, Kansas, Illinois, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, the District of Columbia and Georgia.


 


Tom has also been admitted pro hac vice as Amicus Curiae counsel for the False Memory Syndrome Foundation on briefs submitted to, and accepted by, the Supreme Courts of Texas, Rhode Island, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Illinois (twice), Georgia, Wisconsin, California, New Hampshire (twice) and Massachusetts, as well as two divisions of the California Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.


 


At the appellate level, Tom, working in conjunction with the Office of the Public Defender, obtained a reversal of a child sexual abuse conviction at the Kansas Supreme Court. See State v. Plaskett, 27 P.3d 890 (Kan. 2001).


 


He and Mark Mack also prevailed before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on a child abuse conviction involving issues of competency and taint as matters of first impression. See Com. v. Delbridge, 885 A.2d 27 (Pa.2003).


 


Tom has a special interest in defending child sex abuse cases in which the complainants are pre-school or very young children. In many instances, incompetent social workers and other zealots who investigate allegations of abuse influence the children to make certain statements by the way they interview the children. This psychological suggestion gives rise to the legal concept of “taint.”  Tom is currently the lead counsel for Premier Defense Group


 

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Languages Spoken: English, German

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1973

  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    42 years, 5 thousand cases

Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (120 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

9 total 

  • David Leon Carlson

    I endorse this lawyer. When it comes to Sex Crimes Tom is the best in the business. His meticulous attention to detail and knowledge of the law is unsurpassed.

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    David Carlson Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Raymond D Carignan

    One of a kind lawyer. I highly doubt there is another attorney out there with the level of experience that Tom has in sex crimes defense.

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    Raymond Carignan Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Premier Defense Group

1906 Towne Centre Boulevard
Suite 265
Annapolis, MD, 21401-7063

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MDActive197305/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Client Rating PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2011
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2008

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Amicus Curiae CounselFalse Memory Syndrome Foundation2000 - 2013
Lead Defense AttorneyPremier Defense Group1991 - Present
Criminal Defense AttorneyLaw Offices of Thomas A. Pavlinic1975 - 1991
ClerkCircuit Court for Anne Arundel County, Maryland1973 - 1975

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
United States Court of Appeals for the 4th CircuitMember1987 - Present
Bars of the United States District CourtMember1975 - Present
Maryland State Bar AssociationMember1973 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Commonwealth of Virginia v R. T. D.Case dismissed on motion to strike.
Com. v. Delbridge, 885 A.2d 27 (Pa.2003).He and Mark Mack prevailed before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on a child abuse conviction involving issues of competency and taint as matters of first impression.
State v. Plaskett, 27 P.3d 890 (Kan. 2001)At the appellate level, Tom, working in conjunction with the Office of the Public Defender, obtained a reversal of a child sexual abuse conviction at the Kansas Supreme Court.

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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington Law School, Washington, DCLawJD - Juris Doctor1973
University of Marlyand, College ParkN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1969