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Richard J Sparaco

Criminal defense Attorney at Cherry Hill, NJ

5.0   4 reviews
  • State Years
    Pennsylvania - PA 39 years
    New Jersey - NJ 41 years
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1984
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1981
    Active No misconduct found

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

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Richard Sparaco was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1956. He has over 30 years of courtroom trial experience and an Avvo rating of "Excellent." You can see his ratings and review at .

Courts he is admitted to practice: State of New Jersey, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, United States District Court - District of New Jersey, Supreme Court of the United States of America. 

From 1981 to 1982 he served as a law clerk for the Office of Administrative Law in Trenton, New Jersey. He was a Burlington County Assistant Prosecutor from 1982 to 1984.

He has been in private practice since 1984. Mr. Sparaco has represented individuals and corporations during his career, providing criminal defense in major crimes (murder, robbery, racketeering, drug conspiracy, and white-collar crimes), personal injury (for plaintiffs and defendants), and personal bankruptcy.

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Posted by Ruth | November 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Attorney, Knowledgeable, and Results Orientated
Desperate for assistance, entangled in the BOP's web of bureaucracy, and a family member with health issues, we needed an attorney with experience, knowledge, results driven, and of exceptional talents, fortunately, we were recommended to Richard Sparaco. Richard and his colleagues negotiated the muddy waters of the Compassionate Release Act and First Step Act to provide us with a compelling legal drive through the BOP Administrative roadblocks and onto a precedent setting path for Compassionate Release for our family member in the dire straights of the COVID-19 crisis while incarcerated and in ill health. Richard proved himself to be a man of his reputation, which we later found, was profound, and eventually succeeded where lesser Counsel would have faltered. For anyone that is looking for an experienced, intellectual, and forthright attorney with legal acumen and the tenacity to carry that seemingly insurmountable case forward, Richard would be the attorney to seek out. This is an attorney who cares, communicates, is upfront about the situation your facing, the risks, and who is not afraid to take the cases other attorneys lack the courage to push forward. We're grateful to have Richard and his team in our corner, they made a difference. We thank them dearly.
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Posted by Latasha | February 2, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Richard Sparaco shows empathy, concern, and commitment to what is best for his clients!
Richard is an attorney with a rare combination: he consistently exhibits great skill and knowledge with a friendly, direct approach that is refreshing. He is always personable and is a man of high integrity. Richard was very informative in walking through the process and what to expect. He's also very quick to respond to any questions or concerns along the way. Richard has become an invaluable part of my professional network. I depend on his legal advice to help me avoid any legal issues. Richard is an outstanding litigator who will leave no stone unturned in pursuit of a just outcome. My highest recommendation!
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Posted by Cedric | January 30, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer!!!
Mr. Richard Spiraco is hands down a top of the line attorney. First and foremost, he is affordable and works with you. Second, not to be too personal, but he can get you out of almost anything. He kept me up to date with every little thing going on. He will not steer you wrong and fight for you until the very end. If you're in trouble, he's the man to call and consult with.
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Posted by Tracy | January 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Job well done
I really don't want to say what he did for me, but he did get me out of a very sticky situation. I would refer him to anyone in need of someone that will do their job as a lawyer and represent you.


  • Hourly Rates $ 350-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Law Offices of Richard Sparaco
  • 1984 - Present
  • Assistant Prosecutor
  • Burlington County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1982 - 1984
  • Law Clerk
  • Office Of Administrative Law, State Of New Jersey
  • 1981 - 1982


  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - Camden
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • St Joseph's College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978

Legal Cases

  • State v. Duron Williams
  • Not Guilty of Murder, Not Guilty of Aggravated Manslaughter, Guilty of lesser charge of Manslaughter
  • United States v. Craig Orler
  • Guilty plea to weapons charge.
  • USA v. Shnewer, et al.
  • Split Verdict: Not Guilty of Attempted Murder and Guilty of Conspiracy
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  • Camden County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • Burlington Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Award for Courage in the Fort Dix Six Terrorism Trial
  • American Criminal Defense Lawyers - NJ
  • 2009
  • Full Tuition Scholarship
  • Board of Trustees - St. Joseph's College - Brooklyn, NY
  • 1978
  • Regents Scholarship
  • New York State
  • 1978
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Speaking Engagements

  • Law & Technology Series: Electronic Courtroom Presentation Workshop
  • Computer Software Download and Case Material Preparation
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
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Unknown Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is a pleasure to endorse the legal credentials of Mr. Sparaco as a fellow practitioner I have known for several years. He is competent, experienced ethical and professional."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard Sparaco and I have represented co-defendants in several cases over the years. Rich always has been well prepared, thorough, and fully informed. He is professional, and cares about the quality of his work. Having worked with and observed many attorneys of varying levels of competence in my years first as a federal prosecutor and now as a private practice attorney, I truly value colleagues who exhibit the qualities Rich does as an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. He strongly advocates his client's position, and often gets good results for that client. I also admire his ability to communicate with his clients, as well as with the courts. He is a highly competent professional."
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