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Thomas Lincoln Kearney IV

Criminal defense Attorney at York, PA

5.0   363 reviews

also known as T.L. Kearney

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  • Licensed for 14 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2009
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About Thomas

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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.


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Posted by Sherry | July 7, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
No wonder there are only 5 star reviews
I have the utmost respect for TL Kearney whom I hired to help me with two charges; one with the DA and one with DHS. I have worked with 5 divorce attorneys over the years. None of them helped me, communicated with me, and assisted me to near the extent in which TL did as an attorney. There was not one instance in this situation where I had a concern. I knew he was competent and he consistently and quickly answered all my questions, entertained my ideas, and treated me with respect. If you need a criminal attorney, he is hands down amazing!
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Posted by Steven | June 27, 2024
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Mr. Kearney was very knowledgeable and easy to work with. He answered all my questions and was very helpful and reassuring thru the whole legal process. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of his services.
Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2024
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I am so happy I decided to hire TL to represent my son. TL was very professional, knowledgeable and trustworthy. He was very responsive and answered all of our questions. He made sure we understood everything. He was well prepared and prepared us well for what my son was facing. I would totally recommend him!
Posted by Tyler | May 30, 2024
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My review
Mr. Kearney helped me through my case, spoke with the officer and judge prior to the hearing. Took care of arranging a plea and made the whole process as easy and stress free for me as he could.
Posted by Tara & Patrick | May 30, 2024
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Great lawyer!
Working with Mr. Kearney was a pleasure. We had an issue with a case from 2007 and were told that we owed $48,000 in fines. Mr. Kearney thoroughly investigated the case and, with dedication and thorough review, he was able to get all the fines waived. We are so glad that we chose him to defend us in this case. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2024
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5 star review
My lawyer made sure I was on top of everything the whole process. TL was also very friendly and kind.
Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2024
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Outstanding result on a speeding ticket
I got caught out in a notorious speed limit change going 20-25 over. Mr. Kearney gave me excellent advice, told me what he thought we could realistically accomplish, and made it happen. 0 license points in my case. Would highly recommend!
Posted by Tyler | April 25, 2024
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Amazing Results
TL Kearney achieved wonderful results for me in court. He met with me right away when I called him and formulated a plan that I was comfortable with. He achieved best-case scenario results for me.
Posted by DJ | April 23, 2024
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Fantastic Representation!
T.L. represented me during a difficult time and eased my concerns with a steady and thorough approach. He had me one step ahead of the curve throughout the process and I felt beyond prepared the entire step of the way. I would recommend T.L. for representation to anyone who asked me and I feel confident in his approach to succeeding in any case for anyone who has the opportunity to work with him.
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Posted by JoAnn | April 3, 2024
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Great Attorney
Atty Kearney was clear and concise with his representation and explained all aspects of my case. He made sure I was aware of any issue that needed attended to. He was extremely expedient in responding to questions and/or concerns that I had.
Posted by Amber | March 13, 2024
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The best !!
TL was awesome and we are very satisfied with outcome of both cases he represented my son for !! He is very knowledgeable, caring and very well prepared before court. I highly recommend him !! I hope we don't have to use him again God forbid he would definitely be my first call !! Thank you TL
Posted by Jeff | February 27, 2024
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T.L. Is an excellent lawyer. He explained the whole process in great detail and explained what he intended to provide for me as a client according to the law. Definitely would recommended his services. He is very personable.
Posted by Jean Dubois | February 21, 2024
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Excellent representation!
Attorney TL Kearney is an excellent attorney and I would highly recommend him! He took my case and was very professional, getting me the very best outcome I could have imagined.
Posted by Evan | February 7, 2024
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Best Lawyer I've ever had
On Christmas, I was charged with multiple serious traffic infractions and was facing consequences that would have harshly impacted my future. TL Kearney was the second lawyer to reach out to me after they returned to the office, but I was so impressed during our phone call that I decided my best course of action was hiring him for my defense. Immediately he had a plan of action. His experience is unmatched. He was able to work with the police and the judge to come to an agreement that lessened the harsh impact of my charges but still allowed for justice to be done. TL Kearney was able to answer all of my questions I had on the phone and responded to all my emails within the hour. He genuinely cares about his clients and is committed to achieving a positive outcome for their cases. I hope I will never need his services again, but if I do find myself in hot water again, he is my first and only choice of representation. Thank you TL Kearney for saving my future.
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Posted by David | February 6, 2024
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Defense for Insurance Fraud
The attorney gave a very thorough explanation of what would occur through the legal process and promptly filed all required legal documents. He also attended the magistrate’s hearing and the ARD Program Orientation.
Posted by Ashleigh | February 1, 2024
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Great Communication
I hired attorney T.L. Kearney to assist me with fighting a traffic ticket due to an accident I was in. From the day that I hired him to the day that court was over the communication was very clear and proactive. It is clear that he is very well educated and has the experience to back up his education. He took the extra step to ensure that we got the result we were looking for. A great attorney to hire and will make you feel confident! Highly recommend!
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Posted by Mitchell | January 11, 2024
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Don’t get much better then this gentleman here
Thomas L. Kearney 4th is quick to get working on your case. First time needing a attorney, I was also recommended to seek T. L. Kearney 4th help with dealing in my case. A very informative man, he’ll keep you updated on your case progress and will even work on his birthday if needed. His price might seem steep but is worth every penny. As long as you listen to and fallow his guidance, you’re sure to get through what ever your case may be. Thomas L. Kearney and Ferro Law Firm, LLC in general are well put together. I’m fully satisfied with the results of my case. Would contact again if needed.
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2023
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Unequaled Attorney
TL is the best, no questions asked. I was in a very bad situation which I had no clue how to deal with. His calm demeanor made me feel safe and confident that everything was going to be fine. He got everything done perfectly, without any problems. He answered every question I had basically immediately. He will make you feel very comfortable in the worst time. If you need a criminal defense attorney, just hire him, do what he says and everything will be fine, you are in the best hands possible. Thank you, TL, for all you did and continue to do for me! You are the best!
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Posted by Alex | November 30, 2023
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Personal and Professional, a deeply committed and caring attorney
I reached out to TL because I wasn't happy with the guidance of a previous attorney. the plan that the laid out simply wasn't an option for me once I read up on ARD and talking with TL confirmed that. But, instead of offering me a bleak outlook he offered a way to get a head of everything and created a path that lead to a good deal of hard work and a great deal of personal growth. If I had stuck with the previous lawyer I would have most likely gotten a harder sentence but I wouldn't have grown as a person. TL encouraged me to get involved in IOP early which is just one thing that made a great deal of difference. I need to state I was not an easy client to work with, I stuck my head in the sand over the work and the payment. TL was understanding but firm, a perfect combination of professional and personal. His work and presence instilled in me a sense of calm that was worth it and when we went to sentencing I was able to look the judge in the eye and answer his questions honestly not because I was coached but because TL laid the groundwork for me to change my life. So not only did he provide me with excellent legal service but he helped me come out so much improved. Thanks TL I can't sing your praises enough.
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Posted by Heather | November 15, 2023
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Look no further....
Second time hiring TL, hands down the most laid back, get the job done lawyer Iv ever encountered. He puts the plan and his expectations out on the table from the jump. You do your part and he does his! He'll always be my go to!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Criminal Defense Attorney
  • The Law Office of Cristopher A. Ferro, LLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • York County District Attorney's Office
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Federal Clerk
  • The Honorable Richard Barclay Surrick - Federal Judge
  • 2008 - 2009


  • Widener University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • The University of Pittsburgh
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2006

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Juvenile Released from Custody Home With Parents
  • Juvenile Released from Custody
  • Homicide By Vehicle while DUI Felony Dismissed - State Prison Avoided
  • State Prison Avoided - Homicide Charge Dismissed
  • Felony Escape - Not Guilty
  • Not Guilty - Case Dismissed
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  • York Opioid Collaborative
  • Executive Board Memeber
  • 2024 - Present
  • Stepping Up Mental Health Committee
  • Board Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • York County Bar Association
  • Membership Committee
  • 2016 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Active Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • York County Bar Association
  • Executive Board Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Inns of Court
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • York County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Past President
  • 2014 - 2015
  • York County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • President
  • 2013 - 2013
  • York County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • President-Elect
  • 2012 - 2012
  • York County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Treasurer/Secretary
  • 2011 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Platinum Client Champion
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2024
  • Bar Association Member of the Year
  • York County Bar Association
  • 2023
  • Pro Bono Award
  • York County Bar Association
  • 2020
  • Service Award
  • York County Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Outstanding Service Award
  • Widener University School of Law
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • York County School of Technology - DUI & Criminal Defense
  • Aggressive & Effective Tactics in DUI & Criminal Defense
  • 2019
  • York College - Criminal Law
  • Criminal & DUI Law
  • 2015
  • Central York High School - Criminal Law
  • Criminal & DUI Developments
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

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Given (8)
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Unknown Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known TL Kearney for many years even before we both became attorneys and he is a great person. He is extremely intelligent and knowledgeable in his field and works hard for his clients. I would certainly recommend his services to anyone in need of legal representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Kearney has established himself in the criminal defense bar. He is pleasant to work with and willing to answer questions as they arise."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney TL Kearney has quickly made a name for himself in his chosen field of Criminal Law, because he excels at what he does. While I have fortunately not been in the position to need his services personally, I would not hesitate to send a friend, family member or client to TL for representation in their criminal matter. TL takes time to explain things to people in a way that they can understand, which is extremely important in the complicated field of law, and works hard to obtain good results for his clients. I would strongly recommend Attorney TL Kearney to anyone in search of an attorney for DUI, Criminal or drug related offenses."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"TL is an experienced criminal defense attorney who will aggressively advocate for you. He will work hard to achieve the best option for your situation. I would recommend hiring him for any criminal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have found Attorney Kearney to be an exceptionally talented lawyer. He is equally adept at navigating the complexities of plea bargains and sentencing as he is making an argument before a judge or jury. A person facing criminal charges in York County will find no better representation than Attorney Kearney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
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York Criminal defense Lawyer Thomas Lincoln Kearney IV
Thomas Lincoln Kearney IV
Criminal defense Attorney
York, PA
Licensed for 14 years
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