John Pavloff
John Pavloff

Specializing in:

Criminal Defense
Protection from Abuse

John H. Pavloff, Esquire

Phone: (610) 444-6216


For nearly 25 years, John H. Pavloff, Esquire served as Assistant District Attorney with the Office of the District Attorney of Chester County, Pennsylvania. In March 2012, John left the District Attorney’s office to dedicate his considerable trial skills to the plight of the criminal defendant. At the same time, John was appointed by the Chester County Court of Common Pleas to represent indigent defendants as “conflict counsel” in criminal cases. In May 2013, John joined the Schindler Law Group to continue his advocacy on behalf of criminal defendants.

John graduated from Great Valley Senior High School, in Malvern, in 1973. In 1977, he graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in combined literature (Latin and French). John then attended Duke University School of Law, from which he received a Juris Doctorate degree in law in 1980. From 1980 to 1988, John worked as a corporate and commercial lawyer for Duane, Morris & Heckscher, in Philadelphia, and Stevens & Lee, P.C., in Reading and Wayne. He also worked closely with the legal departments of the multi-million dollar corporations, Shared Medical Systems Corporation, in Malvern, and ARA Services, Inc., in Philadelphia.

John is a member of the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Chester County Bar Association.

Years of experience: 36 years, total - 29 years in criminal justice (24 years as prosecutor and 5 years as criminal defense lawyer) Areas of Practice: DUI (Driving Under the Influence), Protection from Abuse, Drug-Related Offenses, Juvenile Matters, Traffic Violations, Violent Crimes, Theft Crimes, Sex Crimes, Assault, Expungement of Criminal Records Bar Admissions Pennsylvania, 1980 Education: Yale University, Bachelor of Arts (1977)
Duke University School of Law, Juris Doctorate (1980)
Professional Associations & Memberships: American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Chester County Bar Association, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys Professional History: Assistant District Attorney, Office of the District Attorney of Chester County, 1988-2012


I just wanted to say thanks, and I appreciate everything you've done for me. I definitely can say you're the best lawyer I've ever had, and will have all my people retaining your services...

– R.M., Criminal Defense Client