J. Timothy (Tim) George


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)

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 2020)

Professional Associations and Memberships

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

Past Employment Positions

  • J. Timothy George, P.C., Sole Practitioner (1996 – 2010)
  • 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.


Personal Injury Case Results


Car accident

At approximately 50 mph, a young woman’s vehicle collided with a truck. Both vehicles were totaled. Client suffered multiple injuries including complex fractures and a myocardial contusion.


Motorcycle Fatality

Client’s husband was killed in a motorcycle accident caused by a careless driver. His underinsured motorist carrier originally denied coverage, based on a policy exclusion, and then offered only half the coverage.

Criminal Defense Case Results

Charges Dropped

DUI, Lane violation & Careless driving

Late at night, a driver turned right at a stop light and crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic. His BAC was over the legal limit. He was charged with DUI, a lane violation and careless driving.

Not Guilty

Sex Offense

An instructor at a local high school was accused by a student of indecent assault on the last day of school. After four days of trial, the jury acquitted the instructor of all charges.


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  • "There aren't enough words to express how elated we are with the end results Attorney Tim George delivered, he went above and beyond our expectations. Attorney George was always prompt in returning phone calls, straight forward about the facts and extremely empathetic with the horrible situation that our son was facing."

  • "Eric Purchase provided clear, logical guidance. He worked to understand the situation and circumstances (in a complicated matter) in order to provide accurate assessments and recommendations. Thrilled to partner with him. Also appreciated his updates on pertinent matters and professional counseling throughout the entire process."

  • "Craig Murphey handled my personal injury claim. He was extremely professional, but also took a personal interest in helping me through a very difficult process. Everyone in the Purchase, George & Murphey office was very kind and helpful. I would recommend Craig Murphey’s services to anyone who might find themselves in need of a top-notch lawyer."

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Mr. George and his entire office staff were very kind and helping me through my first ever experience with the law. He was able to get me exactly what he said he would in the outcome of my trial. The entire staff was very informative and kept me up to date on everything. Very pleased with my experience and would most definately recommend him to others.

Allison, July 8, 2017