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Michael C. Sprano

Skilled and experience criminal defense lawyer in Fairfax Virginia. Over thirty jury trials, hundreds of bench trials, and thousands of well defended criminal cases. Attorney Sprano got his first courtroom experience as a dedicated young public defender in Fairfax. Since moving into private practice he has continued to focus exclusively on criminal defense law, representing people in courthouses throughout Northern Virginia charged with all types of felony and misdemeanor crimes - including shoplifting, domestic violence, drug charges, child pornograhpy, and sex crimes.

Michael C. Sprano

Fairfax, Virginia
866-936-5614 (Toll Free)


After graduating summa cum laude from Miami University (OH) with a double Major in History and Political Science, Attorney Mike Sprano began his legal studies at The Washington and Lee University School of Law. While in law school Mr. Sprano's courseload included a heavy emphasis on criminal and constitutional law classes. He also spent a summer interning for the United States Attorney's Office in Baltimore, Maryland. As a third-year law student he dedicated himself to service in a criminal defense law clinic assisting Virginia trial lawyers in the defense of Capital Murder cases. After graduating law school in 1998 Mr. Sprano spent one year as a law clerk on the D.C. Court of Appeals, where he researched and wrote draft judicial opinions, mainly in criminal law cases.

Mr. Sprano's courtroom experience as a criminal defense trial attorney in Northern Virginia began with the Fairfax County Public Defender's Office in 1999. He started out concentrating mostly on Juvenile criminal defense and Domestic Violence cases, before moving up to serious Violent Felonies, Larceny, Drug Crimes, and Sex Crimes. From 2002 - 2008 he was a managing and founding partner in the Fairfax criminal defense firm of Lopez, Meleen & Sprano, PLC., focusing exclusively on criminal and traffic defense throughout Northern Virginia.

Experience and Ability

Since 1999 Mr. Sprano has had over thirty criminal jury trials and more bench trials (judge only) than he can remember. Some of Attorney Sprano's jury trial experience has included charges like Reckless Driving and DUI, Domestic Violence, Breaking and Entering, Rape and other Sex Crimes, Robbery, Gun Possession and Drug Crimes, Abduction and Murder.

While no attorney can win every case, Mr. Sprano has won more than his fair share of difficult cases over the years. His clients have been found Not Guilty in jury trials even in cases involving DNA evidence, taped confessions, co-defendant's snitching, and eyewitness identification. When a jury is in the box and your life and liberty are in the balance, nothing matters more than the confidence you have in the skill and ability of your criminal defense lawyer. Choose a lawyer who knows how to win. Contact Attorney Mike Sprano today.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Fraud
  • Drug Violations
  • Federal
  • Felonies
  • Grand Jury Proceedings
  • Juvenile Crimes
  • Misdemeanor
  • Parole & Probation
  • RICO Act
  • Sex Offenses
  • Traffic Violations
  • White Collar Crimes

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit


  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, Virginia - May, 1998
    • Honors: Legal Clinic: Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse (Death Penalty Defense)
    • Law Journal: Capital Defense Journal, 1998
  • Miami University, Oxford, Ohio - May, 1995
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Honors: 3.97 GPA
    • Honors: United States Marine Corps Boot Camp, Parris Island, SC, Summer 1995
    • Honors: Platoon Honor Graduate
    • Major: History and Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • FRAPDA, Member, January 10, 2002 - Present
  • Fairfax Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Virginia State Bar, Criminal Law Section

Past Employment Positions

  • Fairfax Office of the Public Defender, 1999 - 2002
  • D.C. Court of Appeals, Law Clerk, 1998 - 1999
  • United States Attorney's Office, Intern, 1997
  • United States Marine Corps Reserves, Staff Sergeant, 1995 - 2006
  • OIF II, Anbar Province, 2004 - 2005


  • Phi Beta Kappa