Prior to forming and leading Premier Defense Group in 1993, Attorney Thomas A. Pavlinic began to realize how complex and challenging sex crimes cases were becoming (especially those involving children) due to their unique differences from other criminal cases. Because Tom had gained a special interest in these types of cases, he realized that in order to provide his clients with the level of legal defense that was necessary to overcome these unique challenges, he had to limit the focus of his law practice to sex crimes defense, exclusively. Due to the growing demand for the expertise he developed, he subsequently developed the “group concept” that now characterizes Premier Defense Group.
The Group Concept
This “group concept” enables Attorney Pavlinic to represent clients in any state throughout the United States. Because Tom is admitted to the Maryland State Bar, when he practices in other jurisdictions he must associate with a local lawyer who can admit him to the court pro hac vice. This is a legal term that permits an out-of-state attorney to represent a client in conjunction with an attorney licensed to practice in that state.
In addition to working sex crime cases in Maryland, Tom has via the “group concept” worked as lead attorney in conjunction with local attorneys in states across the country who work as co-counsel with him. During this time he assessed the legal abilities and work ethic of each of these attorneys, and subsequently endorsed select attorneys as Group Attorneys. At times Tom is asked to represent individuals in state jurisdictions where one of our select Group attorneys does not practice. In such cases, a thorough investigative process is conducted in order to find a local attorney in that area who highly suitable to work in conjunction with Tom.
Only highly seasoned, competent and experienced defense attorneys have been and are selected to work as local co-counsel and assist Tom. Each of these lawyers must embrace certain legal standards, and must have a strong reputation and a proven track record in his or her home state jurisdiction.
When these attorneys are brought on board to serve as co-counsel, a team is formed for the client’s benefit. There are no bickering or ego issues between the attorneys about how the defense will be handled. Rather, the client benefits by having input from both counsel, working in tandem. Each lawyer plays a role that best emphasizes his strengths and suits the needs of the client’s case. It creates a team approach whereby Tom’s sex crimes expertise and a local Group attorney’s state criminal law expertise come together.
Attorney Pavlinic while working in conjunction with our local Group attorneys who serve as co-counsel has represented clients in the following jurisdictions: (alphabetical order) Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland (23 counties), Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania (12 counties), South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia (13 cities/counties), West Virginia and Wisconsin.
The Right Kind of Experience
Collectively, the attorneys in our Group have over 250 years of experience in criminal defense, earning outstanding results in literally thousands of criminal cases. There is no substitute for this vast pool of real-life experience when building a defense team. We have represented others for the same charges that you may now be facing.
We are every bit as careful in selecting our attorneys as we are in selecting our clients. We know from our association on previous cases that our co-counsel are (i) competent, (ii) experienced and (iii) in good standing with their respective Bars. Our Group has spent many years working together. We treat every attorney-client relationship as a lifelong commitment. This is reflected in our reputation among our clients and throughout the legal community.
Our Code of Ethics
Use the most experienced and successful attorneys in the nation.
Tom takes great care to select proper local counsel for each of his cases. We do not use “junior” or entry-level attorneys. Every client deserves a vigorous defense, and each member of the group provides this as a matter of pride and principle.
Build a complete defense team for each case.
The prosecution has nearly unlimited resources to prosecute its sex crime cases. Mounting an effective defense requires a team approach of investigators, defense attorneys and experts that can level the playing field and defeat the prosecution. Our experience and legal network allow us to affordably build a proper defense team for each of our clients.
Never subcontract cases to other firms.
The Internet is full of marketing entities that present themselves as law firms. They accept your money and then farm your case out to outside counsel, who is often selected for financial reasons. Tom takes direct and personal responsibility for every case and does not believe in this deceptive business practice.
Prepare to win in court.
When facing sex crime charges, you generally get one chance to defend yourself. Taking the time to prepare a case for trial can often be the best way to avoid a trial in the first place. We will never rush to a plea bargain that sacrifices your rights and freedom for the sake of convenience or to save money. Our trial strategy, regardless of how time-consuming, must protect and promote your best interests.
Contact Us Now
If you or someone you know has been charged with or suspected of a sex crime, call us immediately at 800-993-0632 to speak with an experienced attorney 24 hours a day. We are ready to help.