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About me

I left a local district attorneys office after 5 years as a prosecutor to start my own law firm with a partner in 2001.  I have practiced state and federal criminal defense ever since.  In 2003, I became Board Certified in Criminal Law by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification. I have held a federal Criminal Justice Act panel attorney position since 2003, representing indigent federal criminal defendants.


When I am not practicing law, I can often be found coaching, refereeing and playing rugby.  My high school rugby team, Cumberland Valley, won the 2014 Rugby Pennsylvania State Championships.  I have coached a local high school boys rugby team since 2004 and I have run a local summer youth rugby program for boys and girls in grades 1 to 8 since 2005.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Federal Crime: 40%
    13 years, 75 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
    20 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. White Collar Crime: 10%
    13 years
  4. Real Estate: 5%
    15 years
  5. Appeals: 5%
    20 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Brian Christopher Jordan

    I would highly recommend Jay Abom to anyone in need of experienced representation.


    Brian Jordan Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Christian K. Lassen II

    Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community.


    Christian Lassen Wrongful death Attorney
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Contact info

Abom & Kutulakis, L.L.P.

2 West High Street
Carlisle, PA, 17013

Abom & Kutulakis, L.L.P.

106 Walnut Street
Harrisburg, PA, 17102

Abom & Kutulakis, L.L.P.

Lincoln Highway East
Chambersburg, PA, 17201

Abom & Kutulakis, L.L.P.

35 East Philadelphia Street
York, PA, 17401



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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyersThomson Reuters2014
SuperlawyersThompson Reuters2013
Super LawyersThompson Reuters2012
Super LawyersThompson Reuters2011
Board CertifiedNational Board of Legal Specialty Certification2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Deputy District AttorneyCumberland County District Attorney's Office1996 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Cumb Co Criminal SectionChairman2008 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2001 - Present
Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2001 - Present
Dauphin County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Cumberland County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Franklin County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Greater Carlisle Area Chamber of CommerceMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Brown UniversityN/AA..B1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
PACDL/PDA Annual ConferenceEthics in Criminal Cases2014
PA Criminal Law SymposiumEthics of Handling Evidence and Discovery2012
Cumberland County Bar AssociationCriminal proceedure/law2010