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William R. Spade Jr.

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.


Languages Spoken: Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1990

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


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!


    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.


    William Morlok Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact Info

Law Offices of William Spade

1525 Locust Street Suite 1400
Philadelphia, PA, 19102




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Assistant District AttorneyPhiladelphia District Attorney's Office1995 - 2004
Law ClerkThe Honorable Eduardo Robreno1994 - 1995
Associate AttorneyDechert1990 - 1994


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


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