About Premier Defense Group


Premier Defense Group is law practice that represents clients nationwide who have been charged with sex crimes. It is lead by Attorney Thomas A. Pavlinic, and also includes Group attorneys from states across the country with whom Tom has previously worked sex crimes cases. When an individual hires Premier Defense Group, he or she will be represented by Attorney Tom Pavlinic who serves as the lead attorney, and by a Group lawyer who practices in the jurisdiction where criminal charges have been filed.

Formation of Premier Defense Group

Premier Defense Group was founded by and is currently lead by Attorney Thomas A. Pavlinic. Prior to forming the Group, Tom was a sole practitioner criminal defense attorney (Law Offices of Thomas A. Pavlinic) since 1975. During this time, Tom gained a special interest in sex crimes cases, and realized that in order to provide his clients with the level of legal defense that was necessary to overcome the unique challenges of such cases, he had to limit the focus of his law practice to sex crimes defense, exclusively. Beginning in the mid-90’s, Attorney Pavlinic did exactly that.

Due to the growing demand for his expertise in sex crimes cases, Tom began to work such cases in states outside of his home state of Maryland by teaming with and working directly with attorneys in these states. After recognizing how effective this “team approach” was, Tom decided to form and lead a law group that would be comprised of himself and select lawyers with whom he had previously worked sex crimes cases. In 2009, Tom implemented this “group concept” and formed Premier Defense Group.

The Group Concept

This “group concept” enables Attorney Pavlinic to, while working directly with another Group lawyer, 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.

Our Group Lawyers and the “Team Approach”

As previously mentioned, each client of Premier Defense Group is represented directly by two lawyers: Tom who serves as lead attorney, and a Group lawyer who resides near the client and serves as co-counsel. These Group lawyers maintain their own independent law practices, but also maintain their affiliation with Premier Defense Group by choosing to work with Tom as co-counsel should he need their involvement. Only competent and experienced criminal defense attorneys with whom Tom has previously worked are selected as Group lawyers. 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 experience come together.

If a Group Lawyer Does Not Reside in Your Area

At times Tom is asked to represent individuals in jurisdictions where one of our select Group attorneys does not practice. In such cases, thorough research is conducted in order to find a local attorney in that area who is highly suitable to work in conjunction with Tom. If the client agrees to the attorney’s suitability, that attorney will then serve as local co-counsel with Tom.

States Where We Have Represented Clients

Attorney Pavlinic while working directly with our local Group attorneys 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 Information

Premier Defense Group
Attorney Thomas A. Pavlinic, Owner
1906 Towne Centre Blvd #265
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 800-993-0632 (24/7)
Fax: 410-266-9710
Email: info@premierdefensegroup.com