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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


  1. Criminal Defense: 65%
    26 years
  2. White Collar Crime: 30%
  3. Civil Rights: 5%



Hourly ($250-500/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • James R Murphy

    I endorse this lawyer. We tried for seven weeks a multi defendant conspiracy case in NJ Federal District Court in 2014-2015. Will Spade is an excellent trial lawyer and tried the matter in a diligent and totally professional matter. I was very impressed with his knowledge , ability and character . I highly recommend Will Spade for his expertise in complex criminal trial matters. He is a credit to the Criminal Bar. Jim Murphy , NJ Certified Criminal Trial Attorney


    James Murphy Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • 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

Contact info

Law Offices of William Spade

1525 Locust Street Suite 1400
Philadelphia, PA, 19102


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of William Spade2004 - 2015
Assistant District AttorneyPhiladelphia District Attorney's Office1995 - 2004
Law ClerkThe Honorable Eduardo Robreno1994 - 1995
Associate AttorneyDechert1990 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2004 - Present
Federal Criminal Law SocietyMember2004 - Present
Philadelphia Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
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 UniversityEnglish and SociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Multi-Track Federal Criminal Defense Seminar and Fundamentals Workshop“Employing Sentencing Professionals and How to Afford Them”2014
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