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Chad J. Vilushis

Attorney Profile

Top Rated DUI-DWI Attorney in Erie, PA

McCormick and Vilushis, LLC
1514 Liberty Street
Erie, PA 16502
Phone: 814-455-5362
Fax: 814-455-5150
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2008, 2011 - 2012
Licensed in Pennsylvania Since: 1997
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%), Criminal Defense (30%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%), Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
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Attorney Profile

Located in Erie, Pennsylvania, Chad J. Vilushis is a co-founder of McCormick and Vilushis. Providing representation to clients throughout the surrounding area, he focuses his practice primarily on criminal defense matters, with a particular emphasis on assisting people who are facing charges of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Mr. Vilushis has extensive experience in providing defense representation for other crimes as well, including drug possession and distribution, domestic violence, theft, assault, and underage drinking. He also represents plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death litigation involving motor vehicle accidents, premises liability and medical malpractice.

Mr. Vilushis attended Allegheny College as an undergraduate, where he majored in political science and received a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in 1994. He pursued his legal studies at Stetson University College of Law in Florida and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1997. After graduation, Mr. Vilushis moved back to Pennsylvania and joined the Erie County District Attorney's Office, where he spent six years as a prosecutor and obtained significant jury and bench trial experience. He then entered private practice and was an attorney at a personal injury and criminal defense firm before co-founding his current firm in 2017. Mr. Vilushis is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, Florida and the District of Columbia.

Highly regarded by his fellow professionals, Mr. Vilushis has received a "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. He has also been selected for inclusion in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100. A longtime member of the Erie County Bar Association, he has served as chair of its Criminal Law Section. Mr. Vilushis is also a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Practice Areas
  • 30%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 30%Criminal Defense
  • 30%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

DUI/DWI, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense, Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Informed Consent


2 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
  • Rising Stars: 2008, 2011 - 2012

About Chad J. Vilushis

First Admitted: 1997, Pennsylvania

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Pennsylvania
  • Erie County Bar Association
  • District of Columbia 
  • Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member
  • Florida
  • U. S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association


  • Honored as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers organization

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Taught as an Adjunct Professor at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (2005)

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Served as a Trustee to First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Erie (2010-2012)

Educational Background

  • Allegheny College, cum laude, 1994

Representative Clients

  • I was hired by the City of Erie FOP Lodge #7 to file suit against the County of Erie Health Department regarding Covid 19 information sharing. The Pennsylvania Department of Health also filed a brief in opposition to our request. After a contentious, day long hearing, we prevailed and a preliminary injunction was granted. It was the first such lawsuit of its kind in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It was also the first such relief ever granted by a Court to an FOP in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania., 2020
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Office Location for Chad J. Vilushis

1514 Liberty Street
Erie, PA 16502

Phone: 814-455-5362

Fax: 814-455-5150

Last Updated: 8/27/2021

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