J. Timothy George

J. Timothy George

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Erie, PA

Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C.
 | 2525 West 26th Street, Suite 200
Erie, PA 16506
Phone: 814-833-7100
Fax: 814-835-0401
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (60%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%)
Attorney Profile

Tim George is a founding partner at Purchase & George, P.C. where he practices in the areas of blue collar criminal defense, DUI, and plaintiff's personal injury.  Since graduating from the Dickinson School of Law in 1992, he has developed a civil & criminal trial practice, having served as an assistant district attorney (1996-98), assistant public defender (2001) and a lawyer (judge advocate) in the U.S. Army (2004-15). 

From January through December 2009, he was called to active duty and served as trial counsel for the 28th CAB, PAARNG in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He currently holds the rank of Major. After studying at the Judge Advocate General's Law Schoool & Legal Center in January 2010, Tim returned to full-time private practice in February 2010 and formed Purchase & George, P.C. with law partner, Eric Purchase, a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer from 2013-present.

Tim has written or co-written three consumer books on personal injury and DUI in Pennsylvania, served in leadership positions with the Erie County Bar Association and other organizations throughout the community, and frequently participates as a panelist in public forums on topics such as the Castle Doctrine, concealed carry licenses, and the rights and responsibilities of gun owners. In 2015, he was appointed to a Blue Ribbon Commission by the President of Edinboro University to develop tools and tactics to improve safety for students and members of the larger, surrounding community.

Tim has been married for 20 years to Kathleen Scibetta, also a lawyer. They have three young chidren.

About Timothy George

Admitted: 1992, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: https://www.yourerielawyers.com/our-team/j-t-george/


  • 10/10, Avvo, 2010
  • President's Award - Erie County Bar Association, 2006
  • Client's Choice Award (Criminal Defense/DUI), Avvo, 2012
  • AV Rating, Martindale Hubbell, 2010

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • 2004-2013, Judge Advocate, PAARNG; 2013- present, Judge Advocate USAR; completed Judge Advocate General's Basic and Advance Courses, Charlotteville, VA; called to active duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2009); holds the rank of Major 

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Erie County Bar Association - Criminal Practice Committee, Civil Rules Committee, Scholarship Committee
  • Chair, Judiciary Committee, 2016-present
  • Chair, Criminal Practice Section, Erie County Bar Association Vice-chair, Criminal Section, ECBA 2008, 2010

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Edinboro University Blue Ribbon Commision of Campus-Community Safety, 2015
  • Co-founder, Erie Veterans Free Legal Clinic, 2016-present
  • Boardmember, Fairview School Foundation; Chair, PR/Martketing Committee, 2015 - present, 2015

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • In a series of town hall meetings in 2014 through 2017, Tim George, Erie County Sherriff John Loomis and a representative for the Pennsylvania State Police discuss the rights and responsibilities of gun owners in Pennsylvania.  These well-attended gatherings hosted by members of the Pennsylvania Legislature describe and discuss the laws in Pennsylvania concenring open carry, concealed carry, justification, and the Castle Doctrine.  The presentations also include scenarious in which the factors described in the statutory and common law are applied., Panelist, The Rights & Responsibilities of Gun Owners in Pennsylvania, 2014

Industry Groups

  • Erie County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Association For Justice
  • Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
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Office Location for J. Timothy George

2525 West 26th Street
Suite 200
Erie, PA 16506

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Last Updated: 1/13/2020

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