Joseph A. Scrofano

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  • Managing Partner at Scrofano Law PC (3 Attorneys)
  • 406 5th Street NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20001
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Attorney Joseph A. Scrofano is a passionate trial lawyer who will aggressively fight for your rights in a DC criminal case. Mr. Scrofano has litigated more than 300 cases in the District of Columbia Superior Court. Referred to affectionately by his colleagues as “Scruff Justice,” he has a reputation as a forceful advocate who fights harder than other more conventional criminal defense lawyers. He has gone so far as to subpoena an individual prosecutor and file for contempt against another to protect his clients’ rights.

Former clients have described Mr. Scrofano as “tireless in helping me with my DUI case,” “nothing short of amazing,” “kind, considerate, very trustworthy” who “keeps you in the loop every single step of the way,” and a “bulldog that's not afraid to get into a fight.”

Mr. Scrofano’s relentless advocacy can make the difference between jail and probation, conviction and dismissal, or guilty and not guilty.

In 2015, Mr. Scrofano was selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyer’s Magazine—a prestigious, patented attorney rating service through Thompson Reuters. He has been named to the Top 40 under 40 by both the National Trial Lawyers and the American Society of Legal Advocates. As a founding member of the DUI Defense Lawyer’s Association, he is on the cutting edge of challenging DC DUI’s with aggressive tactics, smart instincts, and sound judgment. He has a perfect 10 of 10 rating with AVVO and won the 2014 Client’s Choice Award.

He is dedicated to his clients and continuously strives to sharpen his trial skills. Indicative of this drive, he has attended some of the nation’s top advocacy institutes. For example, in 2013, Mr. Scrofano graduated from the Trial Lawyer’s College, a selective trial advocacy college founded by legendary trial lawyer Gerry Spence. At the Trial Lawyer’s College, he spent three intensive weeks living on the Thunderhead Ranch in Wyoming with top criminal defense and plaintiff lawyers from across the country. At the Trial Lawyer’s College, he learned the importance of telling his client’s story and how to connect with and convince juries to give clients justice. He returned to the Trial Lawyer’s College in 2014 to complete the week-long advanced training program. He remains active in the organization helping lawyers across the country prepare for trial.

The training at Trial Lawyer’s College strengthened Mr. Scrofano’s deep commitment to client-centered advocacy. In 2010, with a little experience but a large desire to fight for individual rights, Mr. Scrofano took a chance in a tough economy and laid the first brick of Scrofano Law. He started out representing indigent defendants on the Criminal Justice Act Panel where he gained a reputation as a tireless advocate. He went above and beyond to get the best results for every client—putting in countless hours on behalf of folks often ill-treated and marginalized in society—regardless of fee. Whether it was a possession of an open container of alcohol or murder charge, Mr. Scrofano put everything he had into fighting for his clients. Since that time, he has built one of the top criminal defense practices in the District of Columbia.

Before starting Scrofano Law, Mr. Scrofano spent two years clerking for the Honorable Natalia Combs Greene in D.C. Superior Court. Judge Combs Greene had served as the Director of Training at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia prior to her appointment to the bench by President Clinton. Judge Combs Greene taught Mr. Scrofano invaluable lessons on trial skills and his experience gave him incredible insight on how judges make decisions. During his Clerkship, Mr. Scrofano worked on hundreds of civil and criminal cases, including substantial work on an opinion published by the Daily Washington Law Reporter referred to as “one of the most well-written, thoroughly-reasoned, erudite, impartial, and comprehensive Memorandum Opinions ever to come out of the D.C. Superior Court.”

Mr. Scrofano is a graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law and the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from American University’s School of International Service. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the Maryland State Bar Association, and licensed to practice in the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia.

If you want—as one former client put it—“an unregrettable edge in the DC Court system,” contact Scrofano Law PC today.

Areas of Practice (15)

  • DUI
  • Hit and Run
  • Solicitation
  • Gun
  • Fake ID
  • Criminal Traffic
  • Expungement
  • Other Crimes
  • Criminal Law
  • Drivers License Suspension
  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • Expungements
  • Traffic Violations
  • Assault and Battery

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202-798-8537  Phone
Year of First Admission:
2010, District of Columbia
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  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Other
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

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  • 5.0/5.0 (14 reviews)
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 08/13/15 in Criminal Defense

    Mr. Scrofano is an excellent attorney, and recognized as one of the best criminal defense lawyers in Washington, D.C.

    Mr. Scrofano is an excellent attorney, and recognized as one of the best criminal defense lawyers in Washington, D.C. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Associate on 08/13/15 in Criminal Defense

    Mr. Scrofano is also a very good listener. In trial, he is also very creative with the presentation of evidence.

    Mr. Scrofano is also a very good listener. In trial, he is also very creative with the presentation of evidence. Read less

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