Attorney Gladys Weatherspoon is the former Section Chief of the Felony Divison of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia ("PDS"). PDS is widely recognized as one of the best public defender of the country. As Section Chief, Gladys supervised over 50 attorneys, conducted training for the attorneys, while continuing to represent clients in DC Superior Court.

A veteran litigator, Gladys has tried over 50 jury trials to verdict and has represented individuals in every stage of criminal defense. Gladys has litigated Murders, Assaults, Sex Offenses, Drug Offenses, Weapons Violations, all felonies as well as misdemeanors.

Prior to joining PDS, Gladys worked for the Hotel & Restaurants Employees Local 25, where she represented union members in arbitrations. Before working with the union, Gladys was a law clerk for the honorable Jose M. Lopez, an associative judge at DC Superior Court. Gladys Weatherspoon has a stellar reputation as an excellent litigator and is a true warrior for her clients. Judges have gone as far as detaining Gladys in a holding cell because of her aggressive advocacy.


J.D., D.C. School of Law, 1994
National Criminal Defense College, 2003
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, 1999
B.A., University of Maryland, 1988

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

Maryland, 2007
DC, 1995

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

National Association of Criminal Lawyers
Maryland State Bar Association
Family Section and Labor and Employment Section
Prince George's County Bar Association
J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association

Office Manager Catherine is the first point of contact for all of our clients and understands how important it is to get our clients issues resolved immediately. She is bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish.

Catherine understands what it means to work hard, and will ensure that you will find the attorney or Paralegal you need immediately. At Law Office of Gladys M. Weatherspoon, LLC, we realize the importance of communication between our clients, staff, and attorney.

As a result, we have given that sole responsibility to Catherine. She, has work in Office Mangement/Customer Relations for over 10 years. We and our clients have been fortunate to have her as part of the family ever since.

Law Office of Gladys M. Weatherspoon, LLC

Law Office of Gladys M. Weatherspoon, LLC

Gladys Weatherspoon is one of the most accomplished and well-known criminal defense lawyers in serious criminal cases in the District of Columbia and Maryland. She is the former Chief of the Felony Section of the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia-the same agency that former United States Attorney General Eric Holder acknowledges is "the best public defender's office in the country." For nearly 20 years, Mrs. Weatherspoon has successfully defended numerous high-profile cases at the investigative, trial, and post-conviction levels. Her cases cover a broad array of white-collar and non-white- collar crimes, and she has successfully litigated matters before the most prominent judges in the District of Columbia and Maryland, developing a reputation for thorough preparation and stellar cross-examination skills.

Mrs. Weatherspoon has more than 100 jury trials under her belt and has obtained acquittals on behalf of her clients in a wide variety of felony criminal cases, including cases involving allegations of conspiracies, child sexual abuse, murder, drug manufacturing, drug distribution, rape, and various other crimes. Her track record commands respect from judges and prosecutors alike. Her peers also consider her a go-to trial lawyer, and sometimes retain her on the eve of trial to take over the reins and represent clients in high-stakes litigation. The National Trial Lawyers Association recognizes her as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America.

Mrs. Weatherspoon is a sought-after speaker on criminal law and trial practice, having trained dozens of lawyers who are now practicing in the public and private sectors in jurisdictions around the country. She also serves as a trial consultant for lawyers and law firms who need expertise in preparing cases for trial.


Public Defender System for the District of Columbia - Chief, Felony Section

Hotel & Restaurants Employees Local 25 - Staff Attorney

Judge Jose M. Lopez, District of Columbia Superior Court - Law Clerk


Acquittal of client charged with murdering a student in a public school.

Acquittal of client charged with 10 counts of armed robbery and facing more than 100 years in prison.

Acquittal of client charged with first-degree sexual abuse and related charges, facing 30 years in prison.

Acquittal of client facing over 100 years in prison on 13 charges of sexual abuse and related offenses.

Acquittal of client facing 10 years in prison on charges of 2nd degree assault causing serious bodily injury.

Acquittal of client on multiple counts of drug manufacturing, narcotics distribution, and related charges.

Acquittal of client facing prison sentence of 15-50 years on felony drug and weapons charges.
Dismissal of case involving allegations of assault on a police officer.

Negotiated favorable agreement resulting in probation and no jail time for client facing several years in prison and a minimum of $250,000 fine on charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice.


In Case of Slain Witness, Another Witness Says No, The Washington Post

Do Suspects in Glasses Get Legal Passes?, The Washington Post

Federal Indictment of Lawyer Daum in D.C. Creates Angst Among Defense Attorneys, The Washington Post

'Fabricated' Evidence at Center of Mistrial in D.C. Drug Case, The Blog of Legal Times

Reasonable Doubt in the Chandra Levy Case, The Guardian

Guandique Found Guilty in Levy Case, The Washington Post

Judge Gets Records Sealed on His Own Case, Washington City Paper

D.C. Jury Finds Man Guilty of Killing Missing Girlfriend, The Washington Post

Teen Acquitted of Murder in Ballou Shooting, The Washington Post

Ballou Shooting Was in Self-Defense, Lawyer Says, The Washington Post


B.A., University of Maryland

J.D., University of the District of Columbia


District of Columbia

Georgia (inactive)


United States District Court for the District of Maryland

United States District Court for the District of Columbia