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Freedman & Lorry, P.C. is a law firm with a depth of experience in litigation and problem solving. For a portfolio of the attorneys and practice areas of the firm, visit our main webpage. The Criminal Practice Group is led by Deborah Cooper Nixon. Deborah is a veteran trial attorney who exemplifies strength, courage and tenacity in the courtroom. Freedman & Lorry, P.C. is dedicated to the Criminal Practice Group and its mission to provide outstanding service to its clients.


Standing Up For You

Our attorneys don’t just accept cases, we accept you. We tackle the issues and legal challenges that you confront without judgment. We work only with the best criminal investigators, and never make any recommendation before we know YOU: your future, your family, your needs, and YOUR case.

We are willing to go the extra mile, if needed, to locate recovery programs, job training and health services to assist you in developing meaningful objectives for pre-trial release or novel terms for plea agreements that will enable you to stay out of trouble now and in the future.

Most importantly, Freedman & Lorry, P.C. attorneys are courtroom gladiators that never quit or quiver when faced with an opponent. The results matter to us, because we care.


If you have been charged with a crime or are the target of a criminal investigation call us for a FREE consultation.

White-collar Crime

If you are facing an indictment by the government in a white-collar matter, Freedman & Lorry, P.C. is the "go to" firm for legal representation. Our attorneys are meticulous, and identify all defenses and legal challenges to the evidence. The skill and finesse exhibited by these attorneys in the courtroom, is perhaps only exceeded by their formidable written advocacy. Freedman & Lorry, P.C. also boasts of its sophisticated and tech savvy office-space, where the attorneys in our criminal practice may work efficiently with paralegals and staff to make strategic moves on your behalf. Freedman & Lorry, P.C. attorneys never run from a fight, and aggressively draft motions to preclude or introduce evidence and witness testimony. We also passionately defend you in all motions made by the government.


There are grave legal consequences for all degrees of murder or manslaughter. If you are accused of any of these crimes, you will need a veteran attorney with a proven track-record of success. Deborah spent nearly a decade in the Homicide Unit at the Philadelphia's District Attorney's Office, and has a treasure chest of knowledge that will enable her to get the right result for you in court. Freedman & Lorry, P.C. attorneys also have a thorough understanding of criminal law and criminal procedure, and won't give up on any defense just because the evidence seems overwhelming. We are in these cases for the long haul.

Sex Crimes

The stigma of being a sex offender will follow you for the rest of your life and may involve a lengthy prison term and other restrictions such as lifetime sexual offender registration and hefty fines. Presenting a compelling defense that won't alienate the judge or the jury is essential. Deborah prosecuted Sex Crimes at the District Attorney’s Officer for nearly 10 years and knows how to strategically defend these complex cases. She is the right one to assist you when results matter.

Drug Distribution & Conspiracy

The war on drugs has had a disparate impact on people of color and the poor throughout all phases of the criminal justice system. You need a champion that will challenge the credibility of the police, the criminal investigation, and aggressively pursue search and seizure issues before the court. Freedman & Lorry, P.C. is ready to be that champion for you in court.

Family Violence

This category of cases (Domestic Violence, Elder Abuse, Child abuse, Stalking, Terroristic Threats) may involve one incident or course of conduct involving physical violence or threats of physical violence existing between individuals living together in intimate relationships or related by blood or marriage. Our attorneys don’t just accept cases, we accept people, and tackle the issues and legal challenges they confront without judgment. This dedication to seeking the right result makes our practice special.

Felony Offenses & Violent Crime

This category of cases (Burglary, Assault, Robbery, Forgery, Theft, Arson, Weapons Offenses) often involve serious penalties including a strike on your criminal record. Strikes affect your prior record score and ultimately the sentence the judge will impose. Deborah has handled over 1,800 criminal cases from inception to trial. This breadth of experience and commitment to providing outstanding service is the hallmark of this practice.

Student Conduct Hearings

If you are a student at a college or university, and get arrested, you will face a myriad of issues. A parallel investigation may be conducted by the school you attend. The penalties at your college or university are separate and distinct from what may be imposed by the court. Freedman & Lorry, P.C. attorneys recognize any alleged incident in college has the potential to negatively affect your reputation and future job opportunities. We will fight to protect your interests during all interviews and hearings, and fight to preclude entries in your college transcript.


In addition to trial advocacy, Freedman & Lorry, P.C. attorneys are experienced in representing clients on appeal. We recognize that the hallmark of a successful appellate advocacy is crafting persuasive arguments. Our lawyers strive to bring clarity and creativity of thought to all appellate proceedings, and have a well-honed style of written advocacy. We thoroughly review all cases we accept for potential legal challenges.

News & Information

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On the same day a Philly.com op-ed was published in which Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner (and Mayor Kenney) admitted the failure that was the “War on Drugs,” in the 1980s and ’90s, the DA’s office announced that it is suing 10 pharmaceutical companies in connection with the opioid epidemic and is dropping all outstanding marijuana possession charges.

Facial-Recognition Software Might Have a Racial Bias Problem
Facial-Recognition Software Might Have a Racial Bias Problem

Depending on how algorithms are trained, they could be significantly more accurate when identifying white faces than African American ones. In 16 “undisclosed locations” across northern Los Angeles, digital eyes watch the public. These aren’t ordinary police-surveillance cameras; these cameras are looking at your face. Using facial-recognition software, the cameras can recognize individuals from up to 600 feet away. The…

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