Chad J. Vilushis

Top rated DUI-DWI attorney in Erie, Pennsylvania

McCormick and Vilushis, LLC
Chad J. Vilushis
McCormick and Vilushis, LLC

Practice Areas: DUI-DWI, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in Pennsylvania since: 1997

Education: Stetson University College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2008, 2011 - 2012
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McCormick and Vilushis, LLC

1514 Liberty Street
Erie, PA 16502 Visit website


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

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

Focus areas

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

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

First Admitted: 1997, Pennsylvania

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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
  • Recognized in 2015, 2019, 2020 and 2021 as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers organization, National Trial Lawyers organization, 2021
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association 1997 - present, 2023
  • District of Columbia 
  • Erie County Bar Association 1990 - present, 2023
  • U. S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member 2005 - Present, 2023
  • Florida
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Office location for Chad J. Vilushis

1514 Liberty Street
Erie, PA 16502

Phone: 814-455-5362


5 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2008, 2011 - 2012

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