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Chad James Vilushis

Chad James Vilushis

McCormick & Vilushis, LLC
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Personal Injury
  • District of Columbia, Florida, Pennsylvania
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Attorney Vilushis knows that a run-in with the law is often one of the worst days anyone could experience. That’s why he brings great understanding to his clients facing DUI or other criminal charges.

Vilushis cites his time as a law clerk with the Honorable Ernest J. DiSantis Jr. as a catalyst for his passion for law. He worked tirelessly as both an Assistant District Attorney and a First Deputy District Attorney, and is no stranger to the courtroom having personally tried over 60 jury trials.

Attorney Vilushis was honored as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers organization, a group of attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers. Vilushis is currently a civil arbitrator and was an adjunct professor during the 2005 academic year at Edinboro University.

He graduated from Allegheny College and Stetson College of Law, where he received his juris doctorate. He is admitted to practice in all Pennsylvania courts, federally in the Western District of Pennsylvania, the state of Florida, and the District of Columbia. He is a member of the Erie County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations as well as the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Personal Injury
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
McCormick and Vilushis, LLC
- Current
- Practiced in all aspects of Adult/Juvenile Criminal Defense in twelve (12) counties of PA - Appointed by the Court to serve as Conflict Counsel for the Federal Public Defender's office for the Western District of PA (2009 to present) - Member of Erie County's Civil Arbitration Panel
Conflict Counsel
Federal Public Defender's Office
- Current
Appointed to serve as Conflict Counsel for the Federal Public Defender's Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania
The Travis Law Firm
Practiced Personal Injury and Criminal Defense (focusing on DUI Defense)
Adjunct Professor
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Taught Intro to Criminal Justice for Spring Semester 2005
Deputy District Attorney/Assistant District Attorney
Erie County District Attorney's Office
- As Deputy, had management responsibilities including hiring, firing of staff and assignment of cases - Served approximately two (2) years as the designated Domestic Violence Prosecutor - Handled various appellate work including a Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding Pennsylvania's original "Megan's Law" (Commonwealth of PA v. Donald Williams), as well as oral arguments before the Superior Court and Federal Habeas Petitions - First Chair on two (2) successful murder prosecutions
Law Clerk
Honorable Judge Ernest J. DiSantis, Jr.
Stetson University College of Law
J.D. (1997)
Allegheny College
B.A. (1994) | Political Science
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Criminal Defense
The National Trial Lawyers
Rising Stars
Super Lawyers
Rising Stars
Super Lawyers
Rising Stars
Super Lawyers
Professional Associations
Erie County's Civil Arbitration Panel
Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Pennsylvania Bar Association # 80117
Erie County Bar Association
Chair for Criminal Law Practice Committee
- Current
Protection From Abuse Coordinated Services Advisory Board
- Current
Activities: Advises on how their mission of helping individuals seek Protection From Abuse (PFA) Orders can be best accomplished.
Florida State Bar # 151173
- Current
Erie County VOCA Funding Committee
Activities: Previously Erie County Victim Assistance Policy Board - Recommends and votes on how state and federal dollars should be distributed to various local victim service agencies.
Websites & Blogs
McCormick & Vilushis Website
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Contact & Map
McCormick & Vilushis, LLC
1514 Liberty Street
Erie, PA 16502
Telephone: (814) 455-5362
Fax: (814) 455-5150