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Robert L. Adshead

Criminal defense Attorney at Abington, PA

5.0   24 reviews
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1982
    Active No misconduct found

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About Robert

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Former prosecutor with extensive experience handling serious felony and misdemeanor criminal cases, from Homicides to DUI and juvenile cases

    43 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Elder law
    Practice includes representing Executors and Trustees of Estates and serving the needs of elder clients and their families

    43 years, 500 cases

I was an Assistant District Attorney in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania for several years. I prosecuted hundreds of cases before becoming a defense attorney in 1986. Since then, I've defended thousands of clients in all kinds of criminal cases ranging from First Degree Murder to simple traffic tickets. I've defended thousands of DUI cases and have 35 years of experience. I take great pride in representing people and work hard to make sure their rights are protected. My fees are reasonable and I get great results. If you're looking for a FIGHTER, then I'm the lawyer for you.


Robert L. Adshead
Law Ofcs. of Robert Adshead Llc
1494 Old York Rd - Ste 200
Abington, PA, 19001

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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2023
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Great lawyer
Excellent service, very fast to reply, very helpful. Overall excellent lawyer
Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2023
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Amazing Lawyer!
Bob represented me on a difficult case. He did an amazing job and kept me out of jail. He was also always available by phone to answer any questions that came up or he would call me back the same day. I wouldn't recommend going to any other defense lawyer except Bob.
Posted by Todd | November 5, 2021
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I am so grateful for Bob's AMAZING work!
Bob was the first lawyer I needed to hire and I hit the jackpot. I was falsely accused of a crime in 2020 and Bob did everything possible to not only get my charges dismissed, but completely EXPUNGED from my record. The worst legal situation of my life is now completely behind me and I have Bob to thank. I recommend him 100% and is the only lawyer I would turn to in the future. Thanks Again Bob!
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Posted by Bruce | December 18, 2020
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Estate settlement
Mr. Adshead is professional, knowledgeable and very helpful. He recently guided us from start to finish is settling both of our parents estates. I highly recommend having an attorney to settle an estate. Mr. Adshead's experience in estate settlements made this process 100% worry free for our family. There is a lot more to settling an estate than people realize. Thank you!
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Posted by louis | November 26, 2020
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Awesome Advocate
Was professional and competent while being completely understanding and empathetic to my situation. Straightforward and honest in his assessment and aggressive in his performance. Prompt in his replies (to my many questions) and completely thorough in my defense.
Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2020
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Wow, where do I start? I could write volumes about Bob's exceptional skills as an attorney and as a compassionate human being. It often is hard to find that blend in any field. Unfortunately, I found myself in a legal predicament that required a top notch attorney. After a few months of dealing with an incompetent lawyer, I was introduced to Bob by a friend. From the moment we met, I knew Bob was my guy. Before retaining him, Bob spent over an hour on the phone with me during our first conversation on a Saturday while he was on vacation. This incredible man goes way beyond the call of duty. Bob is a brilliant, dedicated, and empathetic attorney that will zealously fight for your rights. There's NEVER a time that he didn't make himself available for any of my questions. In addition, if I felt the need to meet in person about a concern, he would make himself available without batting an eye. With the uphill battle that the initial attorney left us, I was asking Bob to achieve Herculean results to avoid going to jail. Well, what do you know? We just wrapped up the case with me receiving probation. Without Bob's guidance, my path was looking bleak. Bob's wisdom, devotion, and legal expertise are hands down the best. I would highly recommend Bob to anyone for a vigorous defense! I wouldn't have achieved monumental results without Bob!
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Posted by John McGovern | February 9, 2019
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I would highly Recommend Bob Adshead
We hired Bob because we needed criminal lawyer my son was on drugs and to support his habit went on a stealing spree in Philadelphia and Montgomery county. Bob was able to direct us thought the legal maize of dealing within the police and courts to get the best outcome for our son . Bob was very fair with his fees and he took a personal interest in our family . My son was on probation and after 3 years was again facing jail time after being stopped for a parole violation we contacted Bob and again was able to help my son navigate the the system and get a favorable out come that we could of not expected with out his years of experience of being a lawyer in mongomery county .
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Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2018
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Had my first DUI and after talking to several lawyers, I felt lost and unsure of what to do and then I was referred to Robert. He is hands down one of the best lawyers and people you will ever know. He is very professional, compassionate and knowledgable about DUIs. He helped me every step of the way with my case. He gave me clear direction and expectations on how he would handle these charges. Complete confidence in hiring him again and would highly recommend him to anyone that needed a lawyer.
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Posted by timothy | April 20, 2018
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financial manager
Mr adshead is the best lawyer i have ever dealt with , his professionalism and knowledge are outstanding and never leaves any stone unturned.i have hired mr adshead several times and his service is the best i have ever seen.what a pro
Posted by Savanna | April 20, 2018
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Best lawyer around
Robert Adshead was my lawyer for a first DUI case. He was so honest from the start, he told me that my case was cut and dry that I didn’t really need a lawyer but he would be happy to help along the way. I wanted Bob to represent me from the start. (I needed him). My case was in Gettysburg, PA and Bob was eager to help me. After a couple court hearings it was very easy to finish without him but even after months of my case being simple I still had questions for him. Bob Adshead was always there to answer my questions and was always willing to help. I would recommend him to anyone in need of a great defense lawyer. He’s awesome and knows his stuff! Bob doesn’t leave his clients side until the case is closed and im sure if you needed some expertise he’d be willing to answer. I cannot thank him enough for what he did for me. Thank you Bob, you are fantastic!
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Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2017
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He's the best! He made me feel at ease and secure.
I couldn't be happier with the service and the professionalism of Robert Adshead. I was very satisfied with the outcome of my case and would use his services again if the need arises.
Posted by Francis | July 6, 2017
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I retained Bob to represent me when I received a DUI. He was highly recommended and I know why. He is a terrific lawyer. He is guiding me through the defense and ARD. He has explained the options clearly and thoroughly. He is always responsive, and answers my calls promptly. He knows the law and has a good relationship with the DA. I recommend Bob without reservation. He has made these trying times easier on me.
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Posted by Bryan | June 27, 2017
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Experience that you can trust
Our organization, and many of our members, have used Bob Adshead for many years. Bob is always professional and very knowledgeable on all aspects of the law in Pennsylvania. Bob has been a great asset to our fraternal organization throughout the years and his advice has always been sound. Whenever someone tells me they need a lawyer I recommend Bob Adshead immediately without hesitation.
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Posted by John | July 14, 2015
Top notch estate lawyer
Having no knowledge of the requirements of handling my parent's estate, I turned to Bob who helped me through the entire process. He knew what had to be filed, where, and when. In addition to this he accompanied me to the courthouse and bank. Bob's professionalism, open line of communication, and upmost efficiency eliminated any concerns I had of the process being handled correctly. I couldn't have selected a better person for the job. It is a pleasure to write this review as well as to recommend him to others.
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Posted by Pamela | July 7, 2015
Robert was very professional in helping me figure out my Will. There is a lot to think about and many decisions that need to be made. He made it so much easier for me.
Posted by Greg | February 4, 2015
Put simply, you want Bob in your corner !!! No one else!!
Bob is committed to vigorously protecting the rights of victims harmed by others' wrongdoing. He enjoys a wealth of experience as a highly skilled trial lawyer. Equally importantly, he unfailingly demonstrates both a keen compassion toward his clients and impeccable ethical standards . Bob is as well one of the smartest attorneys I have met. He has the wit, instincts and savviness to know when and how to resolve a difficult legal matter, and how to succeed at trial. He is a leader amongst the trial attorneys in Norristown and Philly not only because he is well liked but also because of his bravado in court, and his repeated successful results for his clients !!!!!
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Posted by Tom | February 2, 2015
If you must use a lawyer...
Engaging an attorney is typically more of a "need" than a "want". Generally speaking, attorneys are pretentious, stubborn, overly self assured and they carry themselves as if they are the smartest person in the room. Then they give you an hourly rate that reminds you of the national debt. That had been my experience prior to meeting Robert Adshead. Bob may indeed be the most intelligent guy in the room, but he makes sure l feel like the most important person in the room. What a refreshing change. I have had a couple of opportunities that required the input of a seasoned attorney. Bob asks smart questions; finds out what is important to me and then formulates a plan. One of Bob's many strong points are his communication skills. I was well informed on every aspect of our case as it happened. That alone separates him from most of his legal brethren. Bob is not simply a lawyer but an asset to me and my company and a trusted advisor with knowledge in a multitude of legal areas. I take this opportunity, out of respect for the work he has done on my behalf, to recommend Bob Adshead to you.
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Posted by George | January 30, 2015
Professional and Extremely Knowledgeable
I have used the services of Mr. Adshead personally on a number of occasions. He is also engaged as our corporate attorney. In all cases, he has been able to deal with a variety of issues that needed attention. He is extremely reliable and can always find the resources to deal with any task or situation. I cannot imagine using anyone else who would inspire more confidence, character and expertise.
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Posted by Gene | January 28, 2015
A lawer you can trust
I have used Bob on several occasions. He was a pleasure to work with. I believe I had a better outcome using Bob as my Lawyer. If I ever need a lawyer in the future he would be my first call.
Posted by Michael | January 26, 2015
Bob Adshead 'saved my life' from a false sexual accusation
After I was arrested, I fired my PSEA attorney and hired Bob Adshead. That was the beginning of my long and successful journey to freedom from a false accusation. A student I had taught in 1985 came forward in 1998 and accused me of molesting and raping her over twenty times in my classroom and various other places back then. I was arrested, thrown in jail, and released on $150,000 bail. Bob then met with me and discovered that I had 'bombshell' evidence that would show how this so-called victim would be exposed for the liar she was. All through that spring and summer whenever he would see the prosecutor at our Montgomery County Courthouse he would tell her we had evidence that would blow this entire accusation 'out of the water'. Worried about the outcome of the case, she finally called in my accuser and asked her point blank what this evidence we had, was. My accuser did not know but started to make more accusations against me which ended up by her adding more so-called facts to the original accusation which contradicted what she had originally stated before my arrest. That was when the district attorney of our county called Bob and told him the case was being dropped. Bob then told me that the reason the county dropped the case was because they knew it could not be won and that loss would make the d.a.'s office admit all the mistakes they made in my case. After my exoneration DatelineNBC wanted to do the story but I was going to refuse to cooperate but Bob said I should do it because he knew that Dateline would contact my accuser and he didn't want just her side to be shown on national television. I did the interview and thanks to Bob's advice, the Dateline documentary clearly showed my innocence to all who viewed the show (December, 1998). If it wasn't for Bob perseverance in confronting the prosecutor and in knowing the Pennsylvania law concerning 'recovered memories' I could have faced a trial and unknown consequences with a judge who had been handpicked by the d.a. Bob Adshead is a criminal attorney I would recommend to anyone. He was even going to sue the NEA when they refused to pay me for my legal defense (they finally did so at his urging). I only wish I had Bob as my attorney right from the beginning. I know I should 'stick to the facts' but I must say that a few years before my false accusation I taught one of his daughters in third grade! She was a wonderful student from a wonderful family.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Law Offcies of Robert Adshead, LLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Partner
  • Hughes, Kalkbrenner & Adshead, LLP
  • 1998 - 2009
  • Partner
  • Robert L. Adshead, P.C.
  • 1995 - 1998
  • Partner
  • Adshead & Tagliaferri
  • 1986 - 1995
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Montgomery County District Attorney's Office
  • 1983 - 1986
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  • Widener University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • University of Delaware
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978
  • Germantown Academy
  • High School - Honors
  • 1974

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Felony Drug Delivery
  • Case Dismissed
  • DUI
  • Not Guilty
  • Burglary
  • Case dismissed
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  • Premier DUI Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Monterey County Bar Association
  • Bar Association Director
  • 2015 - Present
  • 100 Top Trial Lawyers in America
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Criminal Rules Committee
  • 2013 - Present
  • PA District Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • PA Assoc. of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Criminal Defense Committee
  • 2008 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguised Chairman's Award
  • ATRO
  • 2015
  • Area Leader
  • Abington-Rockledge
  • 2015
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Artisans
  • 2015
  • DUI Criminal Defense
  • Premier DUI Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
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  • Montgomery County Updated Criminal Defense Handbook
  • Search and Seizure
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Artisans Order of Mutual Protection
  • Why You Need a Will
  • 2014
  • Litigation Potpourri
  • Using Technology in Litigation
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

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Given (8)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said, Robert is an outstanding criminal attorney. Highly recommended!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Bob Adshead. Simply put, Bob's the gold-standard when it comes to criminal defense matters. He's a strong, protective advocate, with an attentive personal touch. In addition to being a genuine legal resource with an eclectic skill set for solving client problems, Bob is an effective communicator--possessing strong persuasion and legal-writing skills. If you're in need of finely-tailored, personalized legal-representation, look no further—Bob is your attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Bob for 30 years dating back to his days as an assistant district attorney. He is one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Montgomery County"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Robert Adshead is the top "go to" criminal defense lawyer in Montgomery County, PA. He obtains great results for his clients. He's very aggressive, knowledgeable and professional. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bob is a tenacious, well prepared attorney who works tirelessly for his clients. His familiarity with the Judges of this County serves him well. He has been appointed by the Court to handle criminal matters, and he also has a thriving private criminal practice. His experience, savvy and intimate knowledge of the criminal statutes enables him to address complicated legal issues."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Bob Adshead since we both started with the Montgomery County DA's Office in 1983. He worked his cases hard and did his own investigation and interviewed witnesses beyond what the case detective had done. Bob was an excellent prosecutor who had a good rapport with juries......His talent and work ethic only got better in criminal defense work after leaving the DA's Office.. As a fellow criminal defense attorney, I would often run issues by Bob and he provided good advice and recommendations. Not only does he have very good trial skills, but Bob is a good negotiator who is persistent and unwavering in working out the best possible resolutions for his toughest cases. I would not hesitate to say that Bob Adshead is a good friend and an excellent criminal defense attorney who works tirelessly for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have both had cases against Bob during my time in the District Attorney's Office and worked with as a criminal defense attorney. Bob is extremely knowledgeable, thorough and a skilled advocate for his clients. I highly recommend Bob."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Experienced defense lawyer with first class judgment and a deep knowledge of the local bench and District Attorney's office. Organized, methodical, result-oriented. We referred a very tricky and dangerous matter to him - there was an excellent result and there is a delighted client."
Litigation Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I am known Bob since we worked together in the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office and as a litigator and he has always been a top notch Attorney and a great professional."
Government Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I unequivocally endorse this Bob Adshead. Bob was one of our top litigators during the time we served together in the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. He developed a reputation as an aggressive, but fair minded prosecutor. Bob was well respected by his fellow ADAs, the criminal defense bar and the Montgomery County bench. He truly provided the Commonwealth with high quality representation, was always well prepared and was assiduous with his court presentations."
Probate Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bob Adshead is a gifted attorney with great personal and professional skills. He has a real depth of understanding of the law and is able to present it terms that are easily understandable. He has the valuable trait of being able to ease his client's concerns. I would recommend him to anyone."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Adshead is a professional in the truest sense of the word. He is easy to speak with, has a clear understanding of the law. He listens to his clients needs and works hard to gets results."
General practice Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"For twenty years, Bob has been a trusted fellow attorney to whom I can refer clients who present a conflict of interest or have a type of case I do not handle. Every single one of them says something like, "thank you for that referral, Bob was great." I also value his opinion as a sounding board on matters I am handling myself. I endorse Bob without any reservation whatsoever."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bob Adshead and I have worked together on several complex cases. Bob has always shown a firm grasp of the law, has formidable skills in the Courtroom and has proven to be a strong advocate for his clients. "Backing down" is not in Bob’s vocabulary. He is respected by the Court and Prosecutors alike."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Bob for many years. He is extremely personable and experienced. A great lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer's work. Rarely in a lifetime does one meet an individual so incredibly talented, as highly intelligent, and as passionate for his clients and profession as Bob Adshead. Twenty (20) years ago I became one of those individuals. As a fellow attorney (who solely practices Estate Law), I have encountered many individuals who require legal services beyond the scope of my legal focus. Without a blink of an eye, I refer them to Mr. Adshead for a consultation. Inevitably, and almost without exception, I have then had the pleasure hearing that their situation was not only handled by Bob, but also ended in a result far exceeding their expectations. When I am then thanked by them for assisting them in finding Mr. Adshead, I consider myself a blessed and fortunate attorney in knowing Bob all these years. There are not enough words to convey my gratitude for knowing Bob. If you are in a situation that requires his services, I guarantee you will experience the same."
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