Attorney Thomas A. Pavlinic

Attorney Thomas A. Pavlinic: Attorney with Premier Defense Group The Law Offices of Thomas A Pavlinic

Biography

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.


In addition to practicing in Maryland, 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, Missouri, Mississippi, 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's work ethic and his commitment to his clients are second to none.


Areas of Practice (25)

  • Sexual Offenses
  • Aggravated Indecent Assault
  • Child Enticement
  • Child Pornography
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Gross Sexual Imposition
  • Importuning
  • Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse
  • Indecent Assault
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Indecent Liberties
  • Indecency with a Child
  • Lewd and Lascivious Conduct
  • Molestation
  • Rape
  • Rape of a Child
  • Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Abuse of a Minor
  • Sexual Battery
  • Sexual Offense
  • Sexual Penetration
  • Sodomy
  • Solicitation of a Minor
  • Statutory Rape
  • Unlawful Sexual Contact

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
University of Maryland, B.S.
Law School Attended:
George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1973
Year of First Admission:
1973
Admission:
1973, Maryland
Memberships:
Maryland State Bar Association, Inc.
Languages:
English and German
Reported Cases:
Com. v. Delbridge, 885 A.2d 27 (Pa.2003); State v. Plaskett, 27 P.3d 890 (Kan. 2001).
ISLN:
914222659
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Fees Available

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0 (1 review)
  • Peer Reviewed
  • Legal Knowledge

    5.0/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    5.0/5.0
  • Judgment

    5.0/5.0
  • Communication

    5.0/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    5.0/5.0

*Peer Reviews provided before April 15, 2008 are not displayed.

Client Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0 (1 review)
  • 100% (1 recommendation)
  • Communication

    5.0/5.0
  • Responsiveness

    5.0/5.0
  • Quality of Service

    5.0/5.0
  • Value for Money

    5.0/5.0
  • Recommended 5.0/5.0 Rated on 01/06/14 in Criminal Law.

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    My husband was engaged in a custody dispute that turned nasty when false allegations of sex abuse were made hours before a family court hearing. We hired Tom Pavlinic to defend my husband against the allegations. Tom called us back within hours of our call and listened to our story. My husband didn't have to say a word throughout the process and he defended my husband vigorously. My husband was cleared of all charges. I was throughly impressed with his services and I am so glad we retained him. Read less

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