March 29th, 2017
Philadelphia Criminal Defense Attorneys
+1 (215) 564-1634

Zachary C. Shaffer, Esq.

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Attorney Zachary Cryder Shaffer epitomizes the firm’s motto – “Refuse to Lose”. He combines trial experience, creativity and tenacity to fight with zealous advocacy for his clients in cases ranging from driving under the influence to kidnapping and homicide. Unlike many attorneys, Mr. Shaffer has never been afraid of taking center stage in the courtroom to fight for his client’s rights.

Originally from Santa Barbara, California, Mr. Shaffer is used to taking center stage from his career as a musician. After completing high school three years early he studied music composition, piano and conducting at the University of Southern California, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the École Normale de Musique in Paris, France. Coming from a history of lawyers, Mr. Shaffer decided to take his talents and creativity to advocate for justice by attending Temple University’s Beasley School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor.

Immediately after graduating from Temple University Beasley School of Law, he clerked for the Honorable Leslie Fleisher and the Honorable Rayford A. Means, both of the major criminal division of the Court of Common Pleas where the most serious crimes are heard. Though many lawyers start out at firms or the district attorney’s office, Mr. Shaffer gained valuable courtroom and trial experience directly from these seasoned judges that provided him the keen insight into how fact-finders reach their decisions. The years of learning behind the scenes fostered Mr. Shaffer’s unique ability to cut directly to the heart of the matter to know what judges are looking for.

Before creating Montoya Shaffer, L.L.C. with W. Chris Montoya, Mr. Shaffer was an associate at Freedman and Lorry, P.C. where he honed his litigation skills representing union members charged with criminal offenses. In addition to his experience as a trial and appellate attorney for criminal matters, he has also helped represent judges and lawyers in disciplinary hearings, and local politicians and their campaigns, including R. Seth Williams, the current District Attorney.

Lastly, Mr. Shaffer is one of the most sought after bar exam tutors in the country. He has helped thousands of law school graduates realize their dream of becoming lawyers by providing the guidance that helps them understand the subtle nuances of the law, especially matters involving criminal law, the constitution and the rules of evidence.

If you have an important legal challenge in your life and you need someone who will go to all lengths with a creative approach, you can rest assured that the firm’s motto of “refuse to lose” will be the battle cry for your case. For immediate assistance, contact Mr. Shaffer directly at (215) 849-2173 or via email at

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