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William R. Spade

William R. Spade Jr.

Practice areas:

Criminal Law;, Civil Rights

About Me

I am committed to providing the highest quality legal service and zealously and intelligently fighting for the constitutional rights of my clients.  Recent victories include not guilty verdicts on 6 federal capital murder charges in a RICO conspiracy case, the successful defense of aggravated indecent assault charges filed against a juvenile client which resulted in the County prosecutor withdrawing the charges, and the successful defense of a young woman being investigated by a federal grand jury for suspected healthcare fraud, which resulted in the United States government declining to indict my client.

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Languages Spoken: Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1990

  1. Criminal Law;: 90%
    25 years
  2. Civil Rights: 10%

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Peter Luke Johnston

    He is an excellent lawyer. Very intelligent, dedicated and conscientious and a good, decent person. He is the right lawyer to have in your corner!

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    Peter Johnston Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • William C Morlok

    Will is a great attorney. I worked with him in both criminal and civil matters. He fights tirelessly and leaves no stone unturned to ensure the best result for his clients. I highly recommend Will.

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    William Morlok Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact Info

Law Offices of William Spade

1525 Locust Street Suite 1400
Philadelphia, PA, 19102

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
PAActive199005/31/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Assistant District AttorneyPhiladelphia District Attorney's Office1995 - 2004
Law ClerkThe Honorable Eduardo Robreno1994 - 1995
Associate AttorneyDechert1990 - 1994

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Philadelphia Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Federal Criminal Law SocietyMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
United States v. Robert Merritt, Jr.Not guilty on 6 federal capital murder charges
Commonwealth v. John DoeAll charges dismissed
United States v. Jane DoeThe government declined to indict Ms. Doe

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Volume 38, No. 4, Arizona Law ReviewBeyond the 100:1 Ratio: Towards A Rational Cocaine Sentencing Policy2005

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Chicago Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Brandeis UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1984

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Montgomery Bar Association, Criminal Rules CommitteeThe Anatomy of the Trial of Monsignor William Lynn: Child Abuse and the Catholic Church - Who's Responsible?2013
2013 Bench-Bar Conference, Philadelphia Bar AssociationThe Anatomy of the Trial of Monsignor William Lynn: Child Abuse and the Catholic Church - Who's Responsible?2013
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests - National Conference, Washington, D.C.Philadelphia Grand Jury Investigation Into The Sexual Abuse of Minors By Priests in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia2012