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Kelley Spahn McFadden

Criminal defense Attorney at Salisbury, MD

5.0   7 reviews
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  • Licensed for 19 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2003
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Kelley

Learn Kelley’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    District court, Juvenile Court, and Circuit Court criminal matters. Additionally post trial issues such as modification of sentence and evaluations for inpatient drug treatment. DUI, Shoplifting, Drug Possession, Assault, Theft. Felonies and Other Crimes such as Felony Drug Distribution, Rape, Robbery, Burglary and Sexual Offenses.

    20 years, 5,000 cases

  2. Family
    Limited family law matters such as protective order hearing, peace orders, child counsel appointments.

    13 years, 50 cases


Kelley Spahn McFadden is McFadden Law, LLC proving criminal defense services to the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland.

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Kelley Spahn McFadden
108 W. Main Street Suite 2a
Salisbury, MD, 21801


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Rico | December 22, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
An excellent attorney, would highly recommend.
Kelley McFadden is a seasoned, skilled trial lawyer. As a working professional I had a lot on the line. Needless to say, any kind of charges or arrest records would have jeopardized my career. Kelley’s cool, calm and collected approach instantly put my nerves at ease. I was fortunate to have her represent me. Kelley handled the interactions with the court and secured a verdict very positive to my situation. Kelley has the unique combination of common sense, people skills, and legal expertise. Some lawyers are only book smart, while others are only street smart -- Kelley is the total package. She is honest, hard-working, experienced, and very good at what she does. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
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Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2019
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Awesome Lawyer
Kelley was an absolute pleasure to work with. I ended up receiving multiple tickets and a mandated court appearance all due to a misunderstanding while being pulled over. She was able to get everything dismissed and left me only paying a small fine. She was quick with her responses when I reached out to her and gave me the peace of mind I needed.
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Posted by josh | September 18, 2018
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Great attorney, very reliable. Always willing to speak to you.
I chose to have Kelley McFadden represent me in my case involving multiple drug charges. She was very helpful and always willing to speak in person or on the phone. She did a fantastic job in court getting me PBJ. Would recommend to anyone who needs a lawyer.
Posted by Steven | November 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Professional! Personal! Knowledgeable!
Im from Philadelphia and was in Ocean City for my brothers wedding, unfortunately this amazing weekend ended up with me making an awful decision to drive a few minutes away for a late night snack and instead got my first DUI. I didn't have any previous arrests and so I was very upset and unsure of what to expect. All I knew was that my life was going to be ruined and I'd need a lawyer! Kelly came highly recommended to me by a family member who due to their occupation was familiar with her work and track record. I contacted Kelly and explained my situation. She could tell how upset I was, understood my concerns, and most importantly assured me my life wasn't ruined! The fact that I reside in PA, 3 hours away, didn't make things any easier but Kelly made sure it didn't make it harder. I was given our plan of action and told the things I had to do on my end in preparation for my day in court and she would continue to work on the case after reviewing the documents/discovery as they were recieved. Kelly emphasized how this would all be very helpful and beneficial to me and even helped find the correct programs that I could do in PA and be accepted in the MD courts. This was all done through scheduled phone conferences due to the fact we were 3 hours away. My day in court has since come and gone and I couldn't have asked for a better outcome! Thank you Kelly for the personal attention, understanding my concerns and how ashamed/embarrassed I was and for giving me the opportunity to fix it! Forever Grateful!
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Posted by Steve | July 13, 2017
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Family Matter
I consulted with, then hired Kelley Mcfadden. She was the 4th lawyer I had talked to. She was the ONLY individual who did something that was not necessary but greatly appreciated: she asked about how "I" was doing. She listened not only to the case but also my feelings. I am a very hands on individual. I wanted more reassurance but she gave me just enogh to calm me. This is because she is extroidinary! Unique individuals of this nature are rare. I wanted to take to her on a semi regular basis but I came to understand that she is one of the ones you can trust completely. It is ultimately better just to leave her mostly alone and let her do her job. She tried getting my case dropped, dismissed, and other. In the end it stil went to trial. Things changed quickly but Mrs. Mcfadden adapted quickly. The opposing attorney was good.....but Kelley was better! Kelley was talkative and sweet to me, but in the court room she was a fierce lioness. I was in shock and awe as she showed a rare combination of intuition, intelligence, aggression, patience, and lawyer magic. To be honest I simply adore this woman and I don't want anybody to have her accept me!
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Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2016
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Illegal possession of reg. firearm
This is our second time hiring Kelley McFadden to handle a case for us. She is very knowledgeable of the laws in the court system. She is also very nice, compassionate and understanding when it comes to you or your loved one being in difficult situations especially when the consequences could mean you possibly bebeing taken away from your loved one for some time. When it comes to situations like this I wouldn't want anyone else representing our family but her because you can't go wrong. She's gonna fight for you as if you were her own family and it doesn't get any better than that!
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Posted by anonymous | January 1, 2016
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Lawyer Kelley McFadden Review
Kelley McFadden a fair thought driven lawyer with years of experience behind her. She is a lawyer who believes in liberty, peace, and justice, for all. No matter your sex, age, creed, or religion. A lawyer who will truly stand up and go the mile for her clients. She believes her job makes a difference for those living in the community for which she serves. Kelley will take the time to resolve matters large or small. As a client you understand and you know you have a lawyer willing to fight for your rights and liberties! For those in need of representation, Kelley McFadden should certainly be your first call! Best of luck! My experiences as a client have been phenomenal! Kelley truly made a huge difference and a positive impact in my life! THANK YOU KELLEY I am now able to look forward to a bright successful future!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner and Managing Attorney
  • McFadden Law, LLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Anderson & McFadden, LLC
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Managing Member
  • The McFadden Law Group, LLC
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Office of the Public Defender
  • 2003 - 2010
  • Social Work associate
  • Wicomico County Department of Social Services
  • 1998 - 2000
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  • Delaware Law School
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2003
  • Salisbury University
  • Bachelor's of Social Work
  • 1998

Legal Cases

  • State of Maryland v. Antonio Belote, 411 Md 104
  • Reversed, Remand and Dismissed


  • Trial Court Judicial Nominating Commission for District 1
  • Gov. Hogan Appointment
  • 2019 - Present
  • Board Member
  • YMCA Salisbury
  • 2016 - Present
  • Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission Peer Review
  • Appointed Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Wicomico County District Court Criminal Committee
  • Bar Representative
  • 2015 - Present
  • Lower Shore Women's Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Wicomico County Bar Association
  • Secretary, 2016
  • 2005 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • 2003 - Present
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Wicomico County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Dist. 1 Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission
  • Appointed Member
  • 2015 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyer
  • Global Directory of Who's Who
  • 2016
  • "10 Best" Attorney from Maryland
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Preeminent 4.7 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Attorneys
  • National Trial Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Order of the Barrister
  • Widener University School of Law
  • 2003
  • Best Brief
  • National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition
  • 2003
  • National Quarter Finalist
  • National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition
  • 2003
  • SemiFinalist Award
  • Moot Court Honor Society
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • Paralegal Studies
  • Career Advise and Planning
  • 2016
  • Maryland Legal Aid Conference
  • Effective Cross Examination
  • 2015
  • Law School for the Public
  • Criminal Law
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kelly is an excellent trial attorney. I endorse her without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is a very competent defense counsel."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kelley McFadden is an excellent lawyer."
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