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How to Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney

Allegheny County has a very high number of attorneys per capita. The vast majority are well-meaning and hard-working people. Only a small percentage are qualified to handle your criminal defense effectively.

Many lawyers choose to handle a variety of cases, or multiple areas such as family law and criminal law. While there may be some overlap or occasional benefit, there is nothing more important than your freedom: you want a criminal defense attorney.


The most important thing about the attorney you hire is experience. An ambitious young attorney may be highly intelligent and possibly even convincing in a courtroom. You cannot, however, find all the skills and abilities you need in such an attorney. Over the years — many years — a seasoned criminal defense attorney like Thomas N. Farrell has:

  • Served in capacities such as assistant district attorney and deputy attorney general for Pennsylvania
  • Handled hundreds of cases
  • Lectured to other attorneys

A successful criminal defense attorney knows, from personal experience, what the other side is thinking. Mr. Farrell’s experience with police and prosecutors over the years makes him the attorney to help you. Knowledge of the particular players is also invaluable.

Mr. Farrell’s dedication to his clients and profession are reflected in his death-penalty certification by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. This requires a rigorous professional review of years of experience, a high number of trials handled and compliance with continuing education requirements.

To schedule an appointment, call us at (412) 201-5159, or send an e-mail.

Thomas N. Farrell

Client Reviews
"This firm is absolutely amazing! From Erika who is sweet and always helpFul. To Tom's right hand ace attorney Lyle Weaver, and the man Tom Farrell is The Top appellate and criminal lawyer in Allegheny county and Pittsburgh!! These men gave me a second chance at my life... and while they are half way there! They got me a new trial, my freedom, and have no doubt they will get me the best resolution possible in the end! As I said Tom screw John Wayne your my hero! Thank you more than words can say!" J
"Polite, courteous, respectful, and nice. Did a great job handling my traffic case." J.A.
"Professional, Personable, Respected by his Peers, Tom Produces Results" D.C.
“Courteous, professional, and knowledgeable… it felt like I was dealing with someone I knew. Lisle provided a quality of service I would have been happy to pay for, but I didn't have to, bill zero” J
"The team did remarkable work. They were sharp, direct, and focused throughout the whole process. Theres a saying that goes quoted by a famous boxer Ali " Dont count the days, make the days count." Everyday they provided there teamwork, arguments, and professionalism to get to the bottom of the outcome and won the case. Im deeply thankful for the hard work and service they gave my cousin!!" L.B.
"My advice to you? Get the right defense at the magistrate level, and don't wait to be drowned further before finding a decent attorney like Justin and his team." Anonymous