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Bernard J. Brown


Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • White Collar Crime
  • Drug Possession
  • Traffic Violations
  • Theft
  • Burglary
  • Murder
  • Sex Crimes
  • Rape
  • Assault
  • Expungement
  • Juvenile Crimes
  • Probation Violations
  • Felons
  • Misdemeanors


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan
    • J.D. - 2007

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2007

Past Positions


  • Selected as a Rising Star Super Lawyer (2020)
  • Selected to the National Trial Lawyers Association – Top 100 (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020)
  • Selected to the National Trial Lawyers Association – Top 40 under 40 (2019, 2020)
  • Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – Top 100 (2018, 2019)
  • Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – Top 40 under 40 (2019)

Classes & Seminars

Pro-Bono Activities

Published Works

  • “My First Trial”: Pennsylvania Bar Association YLD (Young Lawyers Division Newsletter): At Issue – January 2017

Fraternities or Sororities

Representative Clients

Representative Cases

  • Commonwealth vs. Wandaly Perez-Hood: (DEATH PENALTY CASE: Guilty 1st Degree Murder, sentenced to: Life in Prison)
  • Commonwealth vs. Hugo Selenski: (DEATH PENALTY CASE: Guilty 1st Degree Murder- Accomplice, UNANIMOUS to Life Verdict)
  • Commonwealth v. Michael Simonson: (Acquitted of Attempted 1st Degree Murder- found guilty of Institutional Assault on Another Inmate)
  • Commonwealth vs. Jason Dominick: (Acquitted on 1st Degree Murder of Frank Bonnacci)
  • Commonwealth v. Preston Bonnett: (3-counts of Murder & Arson -Acquitted1ST Degree Murder, guilty of Arson and Second Degree Murder)
  • Commonwealth v. Stephanie Tarapchak: (Murder Charge against Doctor: split-verdict, Acquitted on 6 lesser included offenses)
  • Commonwealth v. Ryan Harding: (plead Guilty 3RD Degree Murder)
  • Commonwealth vs. Jeffrey Paulish: (plead Guilty Corruption of Minors)
  • Commonwealth vs. James Romano: (plead Guilty Hindering Prosecution- Warning a Witness)
  • Commonwealth vs. Tristan Kurilla: (Murder charge for a Juvenile – Certified to Juvenile Court for Disposition)
  • Commonwealth vs. Eric Gower: (pled Risking a Catastrophe (M) – 2-years Probation)
  • Commonwealth v. Tiffany Timko: (charged Vehicular Homicide – pled to Misdemeanor Involuntary Manslaughter – 12 month sentence)
  • Commonwealth v. Tanner Curtis: (2ND Degree Murder & MURDER OF A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER IN THE LINE OF DUTY: pled 3RD Degree Murder with an agreed upon sentence of 9-18 years w/ credit for 2-years time served)
  • Commonwealth v. Joshua Hupperterz: (Open Count of Murder in Philadelphia- found Guilty of 1ST Degree, Life Sentence; co-counsel)
  • United States v. Shawn Cavanaugh: (Bank Robbery- Federal Case, Luzerne County: guilty plea)
  • Commonwealth v. Jabar Whitfield: (charged Attempted Homicide- pled to Aggravated Assault by Physical Menace sentenced to 18-36 months credit for 17-months time served)
  • United States v. Mark Icker: (charged in State and Federal Court with Solicitation, Official Oppression, Obstruction of Justice, Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, Aggravated Sexual Assault, Indecent Assault – pled to Federal: Violation of Civil Rights with an agreed upon sentence of 12 years)
  • United States v. Aaron Broussard: (charged with Drug Delivery Resulting in Death, two medical school students, pending trial)
  • United States v. Faizal Bhimani: (Human Trafficking, Prostitution- Federal Case, Monroe County: Pre-Trial Stages, no trial date set)
  • Commonwealth v. Cornelius Mapson: (charged with 1ST Degree Murder and the government is seeking the DEATH PENALTY, scheduled for trial March 23, 2020)

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure 801- compliant and certified to handle Capital Death Penalty cases in State Court
  • Certified to Handle Federal Death Penalty Cases under the Criminal Justice Act as a member of the Panel

Professional Associations

  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • PACDL Rules Committee, Member

Current Employment Positions

  • Sole Practitioner

Ancillary Businesses