Alene C. Sprano
Attorney Alene Sprano has been a criminal defense lawyer for almost 25 years. She started her career as a public defender and has represented defendants charged with capital murder. She now defends adults and juveniles facing all types of criminal and traffic charges.


Fairfax, VA





Alene has focused exclusively on criminal defense from the very beginning of her legal career.  After graduating from law school in 1992, she hit the ground running as a trial attorney with the Office of the Public Defender in York, PA.  As is often the case with new public defenders overburdened with a heavy caseload, the opportunities for courtroom experience were immediate.  This "trial by fire" paid off however, as Alene's talent and dedication enabled her to quickly rise through the ranks in that office.  By the end of her six years there, Alene was responsible for training and supervising other lawyers, as the Deputy Public Defender, while at the same time handling her own docket of the most serious criminal charges - up to and including capital murder (death penalty) cases. 

In 1998, Alene moved to Virginia and accepted a position with the Fairfax Office of the Public Defender.  Being a PD in one of the largest jurisdictions on the east coast proved even more demanding than her last job, but Alene proved herself worthy of the challenge.  As a Senior Assistant, she was again made responsible for training and supervising other lawyers in the office's Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court division.  As always, Alene took on the toughest cases herself, representing juveniles and adults charged with such serious crimes as child sex abuse; violent felonies like robbery, carjacking, rape, malicious wounding, and murder; and juvenile defendants certified for trial as adults. 

After almost a decade of experience as a public defender, Alene entered private practice in 2001, taking a job as an associate with the Law Office of Patrick Anderson, an exclusively criminal defense firm in Alexandria, Virginia.  Over the next four years, she battled prosecutors on behalf of her clients in all of the state and federal courts of Northern Virginia.  While her practice areas expanded to include more criminal traffic charges and low level misdemeanors than before, Alene also continued to represent people charged with the same serious crimes she has dealt with throughout her career, including many high profile cases.

After spending a few years away from the courtroom to care for her two youngest children, Alene rejoined the active practice of law in 2009 as a founding partner of the Sprano Law Firm, representing adults and juveniles charged with all types of crimes throughout the Northern Virginia area.  While the dedication, zeal and commitment of the young Public Defender remain, they are now tempered by the wisdom that can only be gained by handling thousands of criminal cases over the years.  This combination of ability and experience makes Alene Sprano an excellent choice for anyone looking for top quality legal representation in the criminal arena. 

Areas Of Practice

  • Criminal & Traffic Defense 100%
  • Felonies and Misdemeanors
  • Northern Virginia and Federal Courts
  • Violent Crimes
  • Sex Crimes
  • Drug Crimes
  • Theft Crimes
  • DUI / Traffic
  • General Misdemeanors
  • Juvenile Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1992
  • Virginia, 1998


  • District of Columbia School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • Juris Doctor - 05/1992
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: GPA 3.20
    • Honors: Secretary, Moot Court Association
    • Honors: International Law Institute - Widener University
    • Honors: Summer Law Program 1990, Padova, Italy
  • University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia
    • B.A. - 05/1989
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: Alpha Kappa Delta, International Sociology Honor Society
    • Honors: President, Alpha Phi Sorority
    • Honors: Research Assistant, Sociology Department
    • Honors: Volunteer Action Council
    • Honors: Varsity Diving Team
    • Major: Sociology and Criminal Justice

Published Works

  • Draft Opinion: United States v. Wise, 120 D.W.L.R. 85 , 1992


  • "The Role of The Public Defender", The Fairfax County Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court Manual CLE, 03/21/2001 to 03/21/2001
  • "The Role of The Public Defender", Juvenile Court In-Service Training, Probation Officers/Court Administration
  • "Legal Issues For Teenagers-Public Defender Perspective", Law Day Program-Mountain View Alternative School, 11/15/2000 to 11/15/2000

Past Employment Positions

  • Law Offices of Patrick N. Anderson, P.C., Alexandria, Virginia, Associate, 2001 to 2005
  • Fairfax County Office of The Public Defender, Fairfax, Virginia, Senior Assistant Public Defender, 1999 to 2001
  • Office of the Public Defender of York, PA, Assistant Public Defender, 1992 to 1998

Previous Names

  • Alene Grabauskas