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Tim George

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Partner at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C.

Erie, Pennsylvania


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Tim George is a senior partner at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. He focuses his practice on protecting the rights of people hurt in car, truck, and motorcycle accidents. He also defends the freedom of people facing felony, misdemeanor, and DUI charges.

Tim understands that most people looking for a lawyer are worried, afraid, want answers – and want excellent results. An Army lawyer who served in Iraq for a year, Tim helps people the same way he helped Soldiers prepare for war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tim says, “Young Soldiers leaving their families behind have lots of questions, want information, and battle fear of the unknown, much like our clients who have never been involved in the civil or criminal justice system. For most Soldiers, it was their first war. For many of our clients, it’s your first time facing criminal charges or the first time you were hurt in an accident. You want – and deserve – answers to your questions and time to work through your options. You also want the best results possible. We help you do that here.”

Tim is rated 10/10 by Avvo and has the highest rating for ethics and legal ability (AV-Preeminent®) given by Martindale-Hubbell, the oldest law lawyer rating company in the country. He is also listed as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer® in the area of criminal defense. Super Lawyers® is an independent service that uses a patented selection process to identify outstanding lawyers in particular practice areas.

More importantly, nearly 100 former clients have posted favorable online reviews about the lawyers at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. After all, it is what our clients think of us that matters the most.

Areas of Practice

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1992


  • The Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. – 1992
  • St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, New York
    • B.S. – 1989
    • Major: Economics

Published Works

  • 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)
  • Defending Freedom: The Ultimate Guide to DUI Cases in Pennsylvania, Word Association Publishing, 3rd Edition (2016)
  • What Others Say About Us (2017)

Representative Cases

Honors and Awards

  • President’s Award, Erie County Bar Association (2006)
  • AV-Preeminent®, Martindale Hubbell
  • 10/10 Avvo
  • Super Lawyers® List – Criminal Defense (2016 to 2022)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Erie County Bar Association, President (2023)
  • Erie County Bar Association, First Vice President (2022)
  • Erie County Bar Association, Board of Directors (2018 – 2024)
  • Erie County Bar Association, Chair – Judiciary Committee (2016 – 2021)
  • Erie County Bar Association, Past Chair – Criminal Section (2010)
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Member
  • Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • J. Timothy George, P.C., Sole Practitioner (1996 – 2010)
  • Erie County, Part-Time Assistant Public Defender (2002)
  • Erie County, Part-Time Assistant District Attorney (1996 – 1998)
  • James R. Steadman, Associate (1994 – 1996) • Gifford, Lay & Johnson, Associate (1992 – 1994)

Pro Bono Activities

  • Founder, Erie Veterans Free Legal Clinic (2016 – present)

Community Involvement

Tim’s passion for service extends beyond his work at the firm.  In 2016, along with Eric Purchase, he founded the Erie Veterans Free Legal Clinic.  He and other lawyers at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. give free consultations to Veterans every month.  Since the founding of the clinic, hundreds of Veterans have been served.

Tim also serves on the Board of the Fairview School Foundation, which works to provide scholarships to graduating seniors, gives grants to teachers for educational programs in the Fairview School District, and offers assistance to financially disadvantaged students and their families.

Tim has coached youth soccer and basketball, and both he and his wife, Kathy, often volunteer to support youth gymnastics and soccer travel clubs.