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
Hourly ($160/hour), contingent (25-30%), Fixed (always)
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|CV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2007|
|Appreciation Award||Children's Advocacy Center of Erie, PA||2003|
|Trial Advocacy Award||International Academy of Trial Lawyers||1995|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Damon C. Hopkins||2004 - Present|
|Guardian Ad Litem Attorney||Erie County||2004 - 2006|
|Deputy District Attorney||Erie County District Attorney's Office||1996 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Bar Association of Erie County||Member||1995 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member||1995 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1995 - Present|
|Erie County IASOP Board||Board Member||2003 - 2004|
|Inns of Court, Erie/Crawford County PA||Member||1997 - 2003|
|Commonwealth v. Michael Widger||Case Dismissed by Court|
|Commonwealth v. Baxter||Acquitted|
|Commonwealth v. Ed Dickens||Acquitted|
|See all legal cases|
|Child Abuse Reporting Website||Legal Principles||2008|
|Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|Allegheny College||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1992|
|Shaken Baby Syndrome||Shaken Baby Prevention||2003|
|Parents & Children Safety||Keeping Our Children Safe||2003|
|Legal Documentation Seminar||Legal Documentation in Child Abuse||2003|
|Child Abuse Reporting Protocol||Child Abuse Reporting||2003|
|Criminal Law & Procedure||Child Abuse Cases||2002|
|Child Abuse Seminar||Shaken Baby Prevention||2002|
|Keep Your Kids Safe||Cyber Crimes & Child Safety||2000|