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Thomas A Pavlinic

Sex crime Attorney at Annapolis, MD

4.3   6 reviews

also known as Tom Pavlinic

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  • State Years
    Indiana - IN 7 years
    Maryland - MD 50 years
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State IN
    Acquired 2017
    Temporary Admission No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 50 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1973
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Sex crime
    A sex crimes criminal defense law practice dedicated to defending individuals falsely accused of child sexual abuse, molestation, rape, sexual assault, or any other sex crime.

    50 years, 5,000 cases


Attorney Thomas A. Pavlinic is the lead defense attorney of Premier Defense Group, which is a Maryland-based law practice that defends individuals nationwide who have been falsely accused of sexual crimes. The Group is comprised of Attorney Thomas A. Pavlinic and a collaboration of Group criminal attorneys who reside in the states across the U.S.

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


4.3 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Look no further Best of the Best
When someone say something negative about a lawyer, please, find out why. I've read reviews about Mr. Pavlinic, I felt great to hire him, but I had one doute was because one of his clients said some negatives about him, but I still took the chance and called him for my case. My experience with Mr. Pavlinic was so great that I can't compare Mr. Pavlinic with any other trial defense lawyers that I heard or knew. Mr. Pavlinic first listened to my story; then, told me the outcome of my case and his fees.. Mr Pavlinic suggested that I hire a different attorney if I'm not comfortable with his fees. Mr. Pavlinic asked me questions to get the truth out of heart, but I didn't have much to say because I was innocent. He then said that he will help me. Mr. Pavlinic look at my family and say that you are a good man, and I believe your story; so, I will do my best to save your family. He saw my children, he saw my wife and said "You have a beautiful family; with God's help, your family will have you back home. Mr. Pavlinic won the case. I was very happy, and excited. My family and friends were happy too, but the most interesting facts was that money wasn't the most important factor. He was focus, and determine to win de case, and he did. If you're looking for the best defense lawyer for your case, look no further.... Mr Pavlinic is the one. May God bless Mr Pavlinic, his family, and his practice.
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Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2020
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Defense Attorney
Attorney Thomas A. Pavlinic is one of the best Attorneys. Very knowledgeable. I was falsely accused. He told me my right and prepared me for the court date. I left the courthouse very satisfied. Guarantee satisfaction
Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2019
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A Tireless Attorney
I retained Tom Pavlinic to represent me against a false accusation of sexual assault. Mr. Pavilinic is a tireless attorney and gave me confidence that he would really advocate for me with a robust defense. I was very impressed with the initiative he took to learn the details of my case and stay on top of things, including working closely with other attorneys I retained so that we would have an integrated and effective team. The administrative staff is friendly, professional and a pleasure to work with. I strongly recommend Tom Pavlinic.
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Posted by Oscar | December 14, 2018
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The best in the field
Professional, honest, ethical, kind, caring. A wonderful team to be represented by. I will be forever thankful to my lawyer, Tom Pavlinic, who represented me against very serious and false sexual misconduct accusations. Words alone cannot express all the positive, disciplined and ethical conduct that Tom Plavinic and his team displayed while working on my case. The best in the field. May the Lord bless him and his team. Oscar
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2015
Grateful client
Tom is an amazing attorney. He spent an enormous amount of time with me during my child molestation case. He traveled on many occasions from his office in Maryland to my home in NY. I traveled to his office on one occasion and he put me up for the weekend. It was very stressful. Tom was successful in getting a plea bargain which greatly reduced my time in prison. I am eternally grateful for his expertise and would highly recommend him for anyone who has a sex abuse case.
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Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2020
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Be careful before you hire
Do not use this attorney to represent you you will regret it. 7 years ago I made the mistake of hiring this attorney. This attorney presents himself who specializing in Sex Offense cases. He will tell you you need someone experienced with these cases. He will use scare tactics and tell you local attorneys are not equipped to handle these type of cases. He will tell you you will face many years behind bars and use your fear as leverage to hire him. We hired him roughly 7 years ago and paid around 60,000. Because he is out of state he used a local attorney in New Hampshire to admit him into the process because he can’t do it himself. He told us the local attorney knew the police and prosecutors ,even though in this case she had hardly any experience with any criminal cases. ( the local attorney handled mostly real estate and maybe some minor cases. The bottom line was I spent over 3 years in prison and another three and a half on parole. I’m just getting done with it now. This attorney did everything he could to rush the case through because he was paid all of the money up front. Usually when you are arraigned on case this complex a trial date would be at least a year down the road. There are motions to file and proceedings that should take place. That didn’t happen in this case it was only 10 or 12 weeks after they wanted to rush to trial. We ask him to continue so we can prepare he refused and went along with his game plan. Why? Because he had already been paid!!. The representation was so bad the even the court officer said it was the worst defense he had ever heard in his entire career. Tom recommended that I just tell them I did it and it wasn’t against the law back in 1990. What a complete joke. He and his team only prepared for the case a few days prior to trial and the whole process started on a Monday and by Friday I was in jail awaiting to be sentenced. When my mother suggested that we get a sex offender evaluation done he resisted and said it wouldn’t help and he wouldn’t do it. Why? Because he had already been paid! We ended up firing them both prior to the sentencing hearing and got a local attorney who was really good. Not only was he good but he was well known in New Hampshire and was respected. We ended up paying another roughly 10,000 for the sentencing hearing now we were up past 70,000 without expenses. A lot of money to pay to spend 7 years out of your life. If you are facing charges do your research and hire a LOCAL attorney, who handles these cases there is always several in each state . Tommy May have won some cases out of probably hundreds of them but I don’t think it’s a chance you should take.
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Work Experience

  • Lead Defense Attorney
  • Premier Defense Group
  • 2009 - Present
  • Amicus Curiae Counsel
  • False Memory Syndrome Foundation
  • 1995 - 2009
  • Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Law Offices of Thomas A. Pavlinic
  • 1975 - 2009
  • Clerk
  • Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, Maryland
  • 1973 - 1975
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  • George Washington Law School, Washington, DC
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1973
  • University of Marlyand, College Park
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1969

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State's Expert Discredited; Inconsistencies of Child Witness Revealed
  • Not guilty all counts
  • Cross Examination of Children Accusers Reveals Contradictions
  • Not Guilty all counts
  • Commonwealth of Virginia v R. T. D.
  • Case dismissed on motion to strike.
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  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Lifetime Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1973 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Client Rating Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (23)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Many years ago Tom assisted me with a sexual crime case and his guidance was incredible. He is the best! Thank you Tom for helping a young lawyer 25 years ago. I really appreciated your time and knowledge. A true mentor!"
Sex crime Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When it comes to sex crimes cases, there simply is no one better. Tom has dedicated his life and entire to career to this area of law, and his ability to handle these types of cases is unmatched in my opinion."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Tom for his expertise in sex crimes defense. I have worked with him on numerous cases, and can say that he possesses a skill level for these types of cases that is beyond that of any other lawyer that I know."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tom is always a step ahead of the pack, and his clients benefit greatly from his advanced knowledge. Combine that with his courtroom presence, and it makes for a tenacious ability in criminal defense. I have learned a great deal from Tom, and enjoy seeing the personal approach he takes with clients. I highly recommend Tom."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Without question, Tom is one of the most exceptional attorneys I have had the pleasure to work with. He is tenacious, yet compassionate. I am honored to be associated with him. He is a diamond in our profession."
Child custody Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Pavlinic is a hard working attorney who cares deeply for his clients. Unlike a lot of lawyers he looks for mutual interests that connects in a personal way with his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I've worked with Tom in the past and can attest to his unparallelled experience in sex crimes defense."
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Annapolis Sex crime Lawyer Thomas A Pavlinic
Thomas A Pavlinic
Sex crime Attorney
Annapolis, MD
Licensed for 50 years
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