Bernard J. Brown

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Carbondale, PA

Attorney at Law
 | 58 8th Avenue, Suite 60
Carbondale, PA 18407
Phone: 570-281-8117
Fax: 570-282-2745
Selected To Rising Stars: 2020
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (70%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Bernard J. Brown is sole practitioner at Bernard J. Brown, Attorney at Law. He represents clients in northeast Pennsylvania and through the state as a criminal defense attorney. With a long, successful career behind him, he was named for several consecutive years to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 and Top 40 Under 40. The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers also named him a Top 100 and a Top 40 Under 40.

    A member of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, he is actively involved as a member of the Rules Committee within the organization. Mr. Brown is admitted to practice in the state of Pennsylvania and before the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and has almost 15 years of experience defending those who have been accused of committing a crime.

    In 2007, he graduated with his Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure 801, Mr. Brown is certified and compliant to represent clients in capital death penalty state court cases, and under the Criminal Justice Act, he is certified to handle federal death penalty cases.

    Mr. Brown’s practice focus includes the following types of crimes: white collar crime, drug possession, DUI/DWI, theft, traffic violations, sex crimes, murder, burglary, misdemeanors, felonies, probation violations, juvenile crimes, assault and rape. He also helps those who have a criminal record but want to have the charges expunged so they can move forward with their lives and leave their convictions behind.

    Practice Areas
    • 70%Criminal Defense
    • 20%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    • 10%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
    Focus Areas

    Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Murder, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


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    Rising Stars: 2020

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    About Bernard Brown

    Admitted: 2007, Pennsylvania

    Professional Webpage:


    • Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – Top 40 under 40 (2019) 
    • Selected to the National Trial Lawyers Association – Top 40 under 40 (2019, 2020)
    • Selected as a Rising Star Super Lawyer (2020)
    • Selected to the National Trial Lawyers Association – Top 100 (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020)
    • Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – Top 100 (2018, 2019)

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified to Handle Federal Death Penalty Cases under the Criminal Justice Act as a member of the Panel 
    • Commonwealth vs. James Romano: (charged with Sexual Assault of a Witness - plead Guilty Hindering Prosecution/Warning a Witness), 2013
    • Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure 801- compliant and certified to handle Capital Death Penalty cases in State Court

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; the Federal Courts for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, 2007
    • PACDL Rules Committee, Member 
    • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Commonwealth vs. Jason Dominick (Acquitted on 1st Degree Murder of Frank Bonnacci- found guilty of 3rd Degree/Conspiracy), 2014

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • “My First Trial”: Pennsylvania Bar Association YLD (Young Lawyers Division Newsletter): At Issue – January 2017 


    • Commonwealth v. Cornelius Mapson: (charged with 1ST Degree Murder and the government is seeking the DEATH PENALTY, scheduled for trial March 23, 2020) 
    • United States v. Shawn Cavanaugh: (Bank Robbery- Federal Case, Luzerne County: guilty plea)
    • United States v. Faizal Bhimani: (Human Trafficking, Prostitution- Federal Case, Monroe County: Pre-Trial Stages, no trial date set)
    • United States v. Aaron Broussard: (charged with Drug Delivery Resulting in Death, two medical school students, pending trial)
    • United States v. Mark Icker: (charged in State and Federal Court with Solicitation, Official Oppression, Obstruction of Justice, Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, Aggravated Sexual Assault, Indecent Assault – pled to Federal: Violation of Civil Rights with an agreed upon sentence of 12 years)
    • Commonwealth v. Jabar Whitfield: (charged Attempted Homicide- pled to Aggravated Assault by Physical Menace sentenced to 18-36 months credit for 17-months time served)
    • Commonwealth v. Joshua Hupperterz: (Open Count of Murder in Philadelphia- found Guilty of 1ST Degree, Life Sentence; co-counsel)
    • Commonwealth v. Tiffany Timko: (charged Vehicular Homicide – pled to Misdemeanor Involuntary Manslaughter – 12 month sentence)
    • Commonwealth v. Tanner Curtis: (2ND Degree Murder & MURDER OF A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER IN THE LINE OF DUTY: pled 3RD Degree Murder with an agreed upon sentence of 9-18 years w/ credit for 2-years time served)
    • Commonwealth vs. Eric Gower: (pled Risking a Catastrophe (M) – 2-years Probation)
    • Commonwealth vs. Tristan Kurilla: (Murder charge for a Juvenile – Certified to Juvenile Court for Disposition)
    • Commonwealth v. Stephanie Tarapchak: (Murder Charge against Doctor: split-verdict, Acquitted on 6 lesser included offenses)
    • Commonwealth v. Preston Bonnett: (3-counts of Murder & Arson -Acquitted1ST Degree Murder, guilty of Arson and Second Degree Murder)
    • Commonwealth vs. Wandaly Perez-Hood (DEATH PENALTY CASE: (Guilty 1st Degree Murder, sentenced to: Life in Prison)- 2nd Chair, 2010


    • Commonwealth v. Ryan Harding: (plead Guilty 3RD Degree Murder- 15 years), 2012

    Representative Clients:

    • Commonwealth v. Michael Simonson: (Acquitted of Attempted 1st Degree Murder), 2011
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    Office Location for Bernard J. Brown

    58 8th Avenue
    Suite 60
    Carbondale, PA 18407

    Phone: 570-281-8117

    Fax: 570-282-2745

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    Last Updated: 12/29/2020

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