Meet Our Team of Sex Crime Attorneys

When you retain an attorney, you are entrusting your future, your freedom and, in some cases, your life to the skill, integrity and experience of someone you probably have never met before. Selecting the right attorney is the first and most important decision in your defense. You must be prepared from the very beginning to defend yourself.

We take our commitment to your case to heart. This commitment to your welfare will become obvious from your very first phone call or meeting. You will immediately recognize Tom’s sincere interest in you and your case. At the outset, our attorneys will address all of the legal as well as the practical issues that you will face.

Clients are treated with respect and courtesy. Our attorneys return calls promptly, make themselves available when needed, explain complicated issues, keep you heavily involved in every aspect of your case, work closely with co-counsel and consistently refine our preparation. Meetings and strategy sessions are often scheduled early on weekends and can last late into the night. Clients always know exactly where they stand, receiving news, good or bad, as soon as it is available.

We encourage you to carefully research each of our dedicated defense attorneys. Feel free to call us any time at 800-993-0632 to speak directly with us.

Thomas A. Pavlinic

Lead Attorney

Thomas A. Pavlinic, Lead Counsel After 40 years of criminal defense experience, Tom Pavlinic continues to strive to be one of the most successful and dedicated sex crime defense attorneys in the nation. He has not only generated results at trial that others thought were unlikely in extremely challenging cases, but he has also prevailed at the appellate level on cases of first impression. Despite his impressive credentials and experience, he remains deeply involved in your case and is never farther than a phone call away. His personal commitment to his clients and an unparalleled track record have made him one of the most sought after attorneys in this field.
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Charlotte K. Weinstein

Senior Criminal Defense Attorney

Charlotte K. Weinstein, Senior Criminal Defense Attorney

Charlotte Weinstein has devoted 90% of her practice to litigation in criminal and family law. Her combination of criminal and civil litigation experience has made her a particularly effective force in the defense of sex crimes and other criminal charges that typically involve family relationships. Charlotte holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law and a Masters Degree in Criminal Law from George Washington University.Charlotte serves as Tom’s co-counsel in his Maryland cases. Her experience in civil cases involving allegations of child sex abuse brings an added dimension to the criminal defense table.

Melinda R. Glaubke

Senior Criminal Defense and Appellate Attorney

Melinda R. Glaubke, Senior Criminal Defense and Appellate Attorney

Few criminal defense attorneys bring the experience, credentials and track record of Melinda Glaubke. As a distinguished defense attorney, Melinda has over 15 years of trial experience. She was a public defender for many years and is currently an associate with one of the most respected criminal defense firms in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She has associated with Tom Pavlinic as local counsel in Southeast Virginia on numerous cases with excellent results. She and Tom have also worked together on Child Protective Services Appeals with equally outstanding results.A member of the Virginia State Bar, Melinda’s experience spans criminal defense and personal injury law. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary and her Bachelors Degree from Old Dominion University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She is admitted to practice law in Virginia as well as in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Richard Finci

Senior Federal Attorney

Richard Finci, Senior Federal Attorney

Federal Attorney Richard Finci has recently been distinguished as one of the top 1% of all attorneys in the country and was selected to be included in the Super Lawyers ™ for each of the last two years. Rick brings to Premier Defense Group extensive experience in criminal and traffic law in the Federal and state courts of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He also handles complex civil and personal injury cases, and he has an accomplished track record in the Maryland appellate courts.Mr. Finci’s accomplishments have earned him the respect of both his clients and peers. He has been Chair of the Maryland State Bar Association Criminal Council and President of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association. He also served on a panel addressing witness intimidation and co-presented a seminar on plea bargaining and case screening at the Prince George’s County State Attorney’s Office. Rick earned his law degree Cum Laude from the University of Baltimore Law School.

Patrick Jennings

Senior Criminal Defense Attorney

Award-winning attorney Patrick Jennings is admitted to practice in the States of New York and New Jersey and is also certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a civil trial attorney. A graduate of Rutgers University where he earned his Juris Doctorate, Mr. Jennings has extensive trial experience in a wide variety of criminal law including federal crimes, sexual assault, violent crimes, fraud, extortion, computer crimes and appeals. He also has experience in civil and personal injury matters.With 20 years of trial experience, Mr. Jennings brings a rare combination of experience in criminal and civil law at the state, federal and appellate courts. His clients have included the National Football Association in the civil area of his practice and numerous high profile clients in criminal law.

Jeff Coale

Senior Criminal Defense Attorney

Virgina Criminal and Appellate Attorney Jeff Coale is an extremely experienced and effective trial attorney with over 150 jury trials under his belt. He is also a former chief prosecutor and police officer. Twenty-four years in and around the court system, including nineteen years as an attorney, have given Jeff the practical knowledge and experience to successfully defend his clients.Jeff graduated Summa Cum Laude from Emory & Henry College in 1985. He then served as a police officer and tactical team (SWAT) member from 1985 to 1987. Jeff earned a scholarship to Washington & Lee University School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1990. He later started his own private practice and later was appointed Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney in 1995 where he handled thousands of cases per year. Jeff was elected Commonwealth’s Attorney for Washington County, Virginia in 1999. He continued to try cases after being elected chief prosecutor.Jeff also joined the faculty at the Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Trial Advocacy School, hosted by Marshal-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary, to teach other specially selected prosecutors. As both a prosecutor and defense attorney, Jeff has tried everything from petty offenses to bank robberies and capital murder. Jeff is an important member of the Premier Defense Group where his extensive, practical experience, as well as his personal involvement in each of his cases, serves his clients well.

Jim Wronko

Senior Criminal Defense Attorney

Jim Wronko, Senior Criminal Defense Attorney

Over the past 25 years, James Wronko has tried over 150 jury trials to verdict. He has appeared in the Superior Court in each county of New Jersey. He is a regular guest commentator and analyst on the Court/Tru Television Network. He has tried numerous types of cases including but not limited to Sexual Offenses, White Collar crimes, drug and homicide cases including death penalty murder cases. He has handled numerous appellate cases with dozens of published cases including New Jersey Supreme court ones.Mr. Wronko graduated from Seton Hall Law School in 1982. He was admitted to the Bar of the State of New Jersey and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey in 1982. After a year in private practice, he joined the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, Division of Criminal Justice as a Deputy Attorney General. He left to become Assistant Somerset County Prosecutor in 1989.After 10 years prosecuting cases, he entered private practice to defend the rights of individuals charged with criminal offenses. He has been defending the rights of those charged with crimes for the past 15 years. He also lectures newly admitted attorneys on criminal law on behalf of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Institute for Continuing Legal Education. .”

Heather Barbieri

Senior Criminal Defense Attorney

Heather Barbieri, Senior Criminal Defense Attorney

Heather Barbieri is a Board Certified Criminal Defense Lawyer in Plano, Texas. Her 15-year practice focuses on state and federal criminal trials and appeals. She received her law degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, where she was a Notes and Comments Editor for the Law Review. Heather is the Past President of the Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. She is a Board Member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Heather is a Graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, and attends the Graduate Course annually in Wyoming. She also serves as faculty on TCDLA’s Texas Criminal Trial College, and CAIL’s Criminal Defense Trials Skills Program and Military Defense Counsel Trial Litigation Program. She has served on the Dallas Bar Association’s Publications Committee, and has had two articles published in the Dallas Bar Association’s Headnotes. Heather was also selected by Texas Super Lawyers as a 2011, 2012 & 2013 Texas Rising Star, and a 2014 SuperLawyer.

Ronald D. Phillips Jr.

Senior Criminal Defense Attorney

Ronald D. Phillips Jr., Senior Criminal Defense Attorney

Ron has been practicing criminal defense for more than 20 years in Delaware and has tried cases in every State and Local Court as well as in the Federal Court for the District of Delaware. He has tried hundreds of cases and approaches every case with practical insight that demonstrates both sensitivity and understanding of the problems and challenges facing his client.

Robert Reno

Senior Criminal Defense Attorney

Robert Reno, Senior Criminal Defense Attorney

After graduation from the City University of New York School of Law, Robert Reno spent 10 years with the Criminal Defense Division of New York City’s Legal Aid Society where he represented hundreds of defendants on a wide variety of criminal matters. Mr. Reno understands that effective advocacy begins with the pre-arraignment interview, requires a thorough factual investigation, and continues through the jury trial, as each individual case may require.Mr. Reno has a long record of trial successes including many successful defenses based on insanity defense. He currently defends clients in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania where he emphasizes defending clients from accusations of sexual abuse in custody matters and child protective actions. As the government has increased criminal penalties for sex crimes and increasingly employs civil commitment procedures to retain offenders when prison sentences have expired, Mr. Reno has aggressively and successfully defended the rights of individuals at Sex Offenders Registration hearings and mental health commitment hearings.

Heather Dyer

Senior Criminal Defense Attorney

Heather Dyer, Senior Criminal Defense Attorney

Attorney Heather Dyer, a member of the Ohio State Bar, earned her Juris Doctorate at the University of Florida of Levine College of Law in Gainesville, Florida. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in Sociology from the University of Akron where she graduated with honors and was inducted into the Golden Key National Honors Society. In 2006, Attorney Dyer became certified in forensic interviewing by the State of Ohio Attorney General’s Office “Finding Words” program.Attorney Dyer has gained experience in a wide variety of civil and criminal litigation matters. She has gained invaluable perspective advocating for children involved in dependency, neglect and abuse cases as both a court appointed and volunteer guardian ad litem.Heather’s innovative and collaborative strategies have produced many positive resolutions for her clients. Her friendly personality, diplomatic skills and dedication to keeping her clients informed make her well regarded by her clients.

Mark M. Mack

Senior Criminal Defense Attorney

For 30 years, Mark M. Mack has dedicated himself to providing legal assistance to individuals and groups facing the challenges of a criminal prosecution. With a systematic approach, Mr. Mack combines investigation, research, and support personnel to deliver the highest quality of legal representation available to his clients.As former Assistant District Attorney in Luzerne County under two different administrations, Mr. Mack had the highest winning trial record, winning 33 out of 35 criminal trials. Attorney Mack was admitted to practice law before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 1983 and in Federal Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in 1983. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is also a member of Luzerne County Bar and Wilkes-Barre Law and Library Association. Attorney Mack is a graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School, in Lansing, Michigan and attended college at Syracuse University, in Syracuse, New York.

Maria Mena

Senior Criminal Defense Attorney

Maria Mena, Senior Criminal Defense Attorney

Ms. Mena was born in Cuba and has been practicing law for more than 20 years. She is a graduate of The American University and Howard University School of Law and a recent inductee of Super Lawyers.

She has vast experience in the areas of civil and criminal law. Ms. Mena is a very caring and considerate lawyer, is fluent in Spanish and is dedicated to giving her clients the best service possible. Over the past 10 years Tom and Maria have worked together on countless cases.

Jeffrey G. Burcham

Senior Criminal Defense Attorney

Jeffrey G. Burcham attended The George Washington University at Washington, D.C., from which he was graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science in 1981, and Pepperdine University School of Law at Malibu, California, from which he earned a Juris Doctor degree in 1985. He is admitted to the State Bars of California (inactive), West Virginia (active), and Virginia (associate).Mr. Burcham was appointed by the Honorable Gaston Caperton, Governor of West Virginia, to serve as the Region 20 Family Law Master for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, which office he held from August 1, 1989 until December 31, 1992. Since then, he has been engaged in the private practice of law, with emphasis on general civil and criminal litigation. He is a member of the Berkeley County Bar Association, Tri-County (WV) Family Bar Association, and Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Society.