J. Timothy George

Top rated criminal defense attorney in Erie, Pennsylvania

Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C.
J. Timothy George
Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C.

Practice Areas: Criminal defense, Personal injury; view more

Licensed in Pennsylvania since: 1992

Education: Pennsylvania State University The Dickinson School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2023
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Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C.

2525 West 26th Street
Suite 200
Erie, PA 16506 Visit website


In 1996, Tim George founded what is now Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. which has offices in Erie and Meadville, Pennsylvania. Recognized by other lawyers and former clients as an effective, ethical, and passionate advocate, Mr. George defends the freedom of people throughout northwest Pennsylvania facing criminal allegations. He also seeks justice for people harmed by the carelessness and inattention of others.

Mr. George defends people accused of the following:

  • Homicide
  • Manslaughter
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Simple Assault
  • Drug Delivery
  • Drug Possession
  • Sex Offenses, including Rape, IDSI, and Indecent Assault
  • Property Offenses (Burglary, Theft, Criminal Mischief, Retail Theft)
  • DUI
  • All Felonies & Misdemeanors

Mr. George helps injured people receive full and fair compensation for harms and losses caused by the negligence of others in the following cases:

  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Death claims resulting from Car, Truck and Motorcycle Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Slip & Fall accidents and other preventable tragedies

Mr. George has been included on the Super Lawyers list since 2015. He holds the highest peer review and client satisfaction ratings from Martindale-Hubbell* and Avvo.com. His clients have given him over 100 Five-Star reviews on Google, Avvo, Yelp, and other online platforms.

After the attacks on September 11, 2001, Mr. George, then 35 years old, sought and received an age-waiver and a direct commission from the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. In 2003, he began a part-time military career as a Judge Advocate, initially holding the rank of First Lieutenant. In 2004, he completed the Officer Basic Course at the Judge Advocate General's Law School & Legal Center in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In 2009, Tim deployed to Iraq with the 28th ID Combat Aviation Brigade, which included soldiers from 13 different states, in support of Operation Iraqi Feeedom. As trial counsel there, he was responsible for briefing commanders and troops on the rules of engagement, escalation of force, and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. In 2010, he completed the Officer Advanced Course and later, while serving in the United States Army Reserves, was promoted to the rank of Major. In 2021, he retired from the Army, receiving an Honorable Discharge.

In 2017, Tim and his law partner, Eric Purchase, founded the Erie Veterans Free Legal Clinic, which provides free legal consultations and other legal services to Veterans throughout northwest Pennsylvania. Since then, they have donated hundreds of hours of pro bono services to fellow Veterans. 

Mr. George has served in leadership positions in the Erie County Bar Association (ECBA), including at various times serving as Chair of the Criminal Practice Section, Solo/Small Firm Division and the Judiciary Committee. Since 2018, Mr. George has served on the ECBA Board of Directors and presently serves as its First Vice President. In 2006, he received the ECBA President's Award from now retired Judge Michael M. Palmisano for his work revising and updating the Erie County Local Criminal Rules

Mr. George graduated of St. Bonaventure University in 1989. He received a law degree in 1992 from the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He is admitted to practice in all state courts in Pennsylvania and before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Tim is married to Kathy Scibetta, a staff attorney for U.S. District Court Judge Susan Paradise Baxter. The couple has three children, Mia, Nathan, and Katie. 

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Criminal defense, Personal injury - general: plaintiff

Focus areas

Arrest & arraignment, Assault & battery, Criminal fraud, Drug & alcohol violations, Expungement, False accusations, Felony, Juvenile delinquency, Misdemeanor, Murder, Sex offenses, Theft, Criminal domestic violence, Assault, Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Wrongful death, Trucking accidents, Personal injury - defense

  • 60% Criminal defense
  • 40% Personal injury - general: plaintiff

First Admitted: 1992, Pennsylvania

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

  • Super Lawyers® List – Criminal Defense 
  • 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:
  • Judge Advocate, PAARNG; Judge Advocate USAR; completed Judge Advocate General's Legal Center & School (Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Charlottesville, VA; called to active duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2009); holds the rank of Major 
  • Smith v. PennDOT, 800 A.2d 2002 (Commonwealth Ct. 2002)  
  • Com. v. Lehman, 857 A.2d 2004 (Superior Court 2004)
  • Wisinski v. American Commerce Insurance Company, 2011 WL 13744 (W.D.Pa. Jan 4, 2011, Cohill, J.) (W.D.Pa. 2011)
Educational Background:
  • The Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, J.D. – 1992, 1992
  • St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, New York, B.S. – 1989. Major: Economics , 1989
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • In a series of town hall meetings in 2014 through 2017, Tim George, Erie County Sheriff 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 concerning open carry, concealed carry, justification, and the Castle Doctrine.  The presentations also include scenarios in which the factors described in the statutory and common law are applied., Panelist, The Rights & Responsibilities of Gun Owners in Pennsylvania, 2014
  • What Others Say About Us (2017) 
  • Defending Freedom: The Ultimate Guide to DUI Cases in Pennsylvania, Word Association Publishing, 3rd Edition (2016)
  • A Roadmap to Justice: The Ultimate Guide to Car Accident Cases in PA, Word Association Publishers (2010)A Roadmap to Justice: The Ultimate Guide to Car Accident Cases in PA, Word Association Publishers (2010)
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Edinboro University Blue Ribbon Commission of Campus-Community Safety, 2015
  • Co-Founder, Erie Veterans Free Legal Clinic, 2016-present
  • Board Member, Fairview School Foundation; Chair, PR/Martketing Committee, 2015 - 2018, 2015
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Co-Founder, Erie County Veterans Free Legal Clinic, 2016
  • Erie County Bar Association, First Vice President, 2022
  • Erie County Bar Association, Past Chair – Criminal Section (2010) 
  • Erie County Bar Association, Board of Directors (2018 – present)
  • Erie County Bar Association, Chair – Judiciary Committee (2016 – 2018)
  • Pennsylvania, 1992
  • Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Member
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1992 
  • Erie County Bar Association - Criminal Practice Committee, Civil Rules Committee, Scholarship Committee
  • If you have questions about how to move forward with an expungement in Erie, PA, call the criminal defense attorneys at Purchase, George & Murphey for a consultation. We can be reached at: 814-273-2010, Purchase George & Murphey - What is a record expungement? , Criminal Defense, Expungement, 2020
Industry Groups:
  • Erie County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Association For Justice
  • Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Office location for J. Timothy George

2525 West 26th Street
Suite 200
Erie, PA 16506

Phone: 814-833-7100


8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2023

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