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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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The Sprano Law Firm

10603 Judicial Drive
Fairfax, VA, 22030

Practice areas


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



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  • Alene Chanda Sprano

    Mike Sprano is well known in Northern Virginia for his brilliant legal mind. He is highly respected by the Criminal Defense Bar, the Judges and the Prosecutors of Northern Virginia. He is my law partner and my husband but as his fellow colleagues have pointed out, he is well known for his integrity, his work ethic and his ability to produce outstanding results.


    Alene Sprano Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Nader Moneef Hasan

    I endorse Michael Sprano without hesitation. He is an excellent criminal defense attorney, well-respected by the legal community and takes all of his cases seriously. Over the past few years, I witnessed his work ethic and commitment to getting the best results for his clients. Great lawyer.


    Nader Hasan Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


VAAuthorized to practice law199803/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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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 LawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Miami University of OhioHistory and Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Public Defender's Office Continuing EducationEffective Cross Examination and Trial Strategy2007