Thomas A. Pavlinic, Esq.
Attorney Tom Pavlinic 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, and is fluent in English and German. 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 a disciplinary proceeding.
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.
Beginning in 1975, Tom worked as a sole practitioner criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of Thomas A. Pavlinic. Starting in the mid 90’s, he narrowed the focus of his law practice by defending individuals accused of sexual crimes, exclusively. He also began to represent clients in states outside of Maryland by working directly with lawyers in those states who could admit him to those courts pro hac vice.
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, 2001 (131 citing decisions).
He and Attorney 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, 2003 (116 citing decisions). The decision in this case has been incorporated into Pennsylvania law (see Pa.R.E. 601. Competency – comments). See also generally “Court: Memories may be flawed.”
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.
In 2009, Tom formed Premier Defense Group which became an extension of the Law Offices of Thomas A. Pavlinic. The “Group” includes Tom who is always the lead attorney in each case, as well as select defense attorneys from states across the country with whom Tom has previously worked sex crimes cases.
To date, Tom has been admitted to represent clients in the following 28 states (listed in 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.
Attorney Pavlinic is a Lifetime Member of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL); has been selected to the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Maryland Super Lawyers lists; has been rated 10/10 by Avvo; has been invited by and lectured at the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Conference in 2015 regarding the defense of sexual abuse allegations; and has been consulted for his opinion in notable cases such as the Kavanaugh case and Dominique Strauss-Kahn case.
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