John J. Waldron

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Waldron & Williams
John J. Waldron
Waldron & Williams

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, White Collar Crimes, DUI-DWI; view more

Licensed in Pennsylvania since: 1982

Education: Villanova University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2006, 2008, 2020 - 2024

Waldron & Williams

535 Hamilton Street
Suite 102
Allentown, PA 18101 Visit website


A founding partner at Waldron & Williams, John J. Waldron focuses his practice exclusively on criminal defense matters. Based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, he provides representation to clients throughout Lehigh and Northampton counties and other parts of the Commonwealth. Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania since 1982, Mr. Waldron is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Waldron's client base comprises people who have been charged by Pennsylvania or federal authorities with having committed felony or misdemeanor offenses. A significant portion of his caseload consists of drug possession and trafficking, but he has also handled murder and other violent crimes, burglary, theft, and white collar crimes such as fraud, bank robbery and driving under the influence of alcohol. Many of his cases have received widespread publicity, including one in which he successfully represented a multimillionaire real estate developer who had been accused of murder. Throughout his distinguished career as defense counsel, Mr. Waldron has been able to obtain positive results for his clients, through dismissals, acquittals, the negotiation of favorable plea agreements with prosecutors, and reversals at the appellate level, and this has led to a great deal of recognition from his colleagues, including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Waldron attended La Salle University as an undergraduate, majoring in psychology and receiving a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in 1978. He then obtained his legal education at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1982. Mr. Waldron was an assistant district attorney in Lehigh County before entering private practice in 1987, and his professional memberships include the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Assault & Battery, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Criminal Law - Federal, DUI/DWI, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Trucking Accidents, White Collar Crime

  • 60% Criminal Defense
  • 20% Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 10% Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 10% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1982, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage:

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Philadelphia Magazine’s “Super Lawyer"
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Part-Time Instructor, Criminal Law, Allentown College, 1985-1989
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, Board of Directors, 1993
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member, Criminal Law Division
  • Northampton County Bar Association
  • Lehigh County Bar Association
  • Assistant District Attorney, Lehigh County, 1984-1987
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Educational Background:
  • LaSalle College, B.A., magna cum laude
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Gregory Hogan
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. NaCola Franklin
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. David Rappaport
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Judith Fulmer
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Jamie Silvonek
  • United States of America v. William Fatora
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. James Austin
  • United States of America v. George Juno
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Robert Durst
  • State of Texas v. Robert Durst

Office location for John J. Waldron

535 Hamilton Street
Suite 102
Allentown, PA 18101

Phone: 610-936-6926


9 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2006, 2008, 2020 - 2024

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