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Michael Christopher Sprano

Michael Christopher Sprano

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence, Federal Crime, Juvenile, DUI & DWI

Michael Sprano

About Me

A graduate of Miami University and Washington and Lee School of Law, Michael Sprano started his legal career as a law clerk in the DC Court of Appeals before getting valuable trial experience as an attorney with the Fairfax Public Defenders Office.  Since 2001 he has been in private practice handling exclusively criminal defense cases - both state and federal - in all Northern Virgnia jurisdictions. 


In between college and law school, attorney Sprano spent the summer in Parris Island as an enlisted man in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, finishing as the Honor Graduate of his platoon.  He spent 10 years in the Marine Reserves as a Combat Engineer, including a deployment on active duty tothe Al Anbar Province of Iraq in 2004-2005, where he served with distinction and was awared a Combat Action Ribbon in addition to a Naval Achievement Medal other awards. 


Mr. Sprano is first and foremost a devoted family man.  He and his wife live in Annandale Virginia with their three children.  In his spare time he is heavily involved as an active volunteer soccer coach.  He currently coaches 2 teams and serves as the Director of Training for the Fairfax Police Youth Club, and in 2011 was named one of Virginia Youh Soccer's Coaches of the Year.    


Languages Spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1998

  1. Criminal Defense: 65%
    17 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Juvenile: 10%
    17 years, 500 cases
  3. Federal Crime: 10%
    17 years
  4. Domestic Violence: 10%
    17 years, 500 cases
  5. DUI & DWI: 5%
    17 years, 250 cases



Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Matthew Stephen Kensky

    Mike Sprano is the first fellow lawyer on I felt compelled to endorse, and I'm doing so without him asking me. Knowing what an excellent lawyer he is (over the last 12 years), I was a bit amused that his lawyer "rating" here wasn't higher. Without a doubt, he is a brilliant lawyer who knows the law, has the respect of the judges and prosecutors, shows his clients respect, and gets the best possible results- all while remaining quite humble. I regularly refer certain criminal cases to Mr. Sprano- he and his law partner/wife (Alene) are two of the top lawyers in NoVa for sex crimes and juvenile crimes. I would trust him to represent my own family member charged with anything from a minor misdemeanor up to felony murder. His "rating" on this website is amusing because it doesn't do justice to his skills and experience.


    Matthew Kensky Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Garrett Douglas Green

    Mike is a heavy hitter in the Fairfax county legal community. A great attorney and a great person.


    Garrett Green Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

The Sprano Law Firm

10603 Judicial Drive
Fairfax, VA, 22030


VAAuthorized to practice law199803/11/2014

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Combat Action RibbonUSMC2005
Navy Achievement MedalUSMC2005

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Founding PartnerLopez, Meleen & Sprano, PLC2002 - 2008
Trial AttorneyFairfax Public Defender's Office1999 - 2001
Staff SeargentUnited States Marine Corps Reserves1995 - 2005

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Former Retired and Part-Time Public Defender's AssociationMember2003 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Fisher v. Commonwealth, 592 S.E.2d 377 (2004)Affirmed
Calderon v. Commonwealth, Record No. 2132-99-4Affirmed
Todd Kirksey Waugh v Commonwealth, Record No. 1084-07-4Affirmed

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Publication NameTitleDate
Washington and Lee Capital Defense JournalDisparate Application of the "Ends of Justice" Exception in Capital Versus Non-Capital Cases1998

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington and Lee University School of LawCriminal and Constitutional LawJuris Doctor1998
Miami University of OhioHistory and Political ScienceBachelor of Arts1995

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Public Defender's Office Continuing EducationEffective Cross Examination and Trial Strategy2007