William C. Costopoulos, Esq.
Costopoulos, Foster & Fields, Lemoyne
Mr. Costopoulos is a partner in the firm Costopoulos, Foster & Fields in Lemoyne. Prior to joining the firm in 1973, he was a Deputy District Attorney for Dauphin County. He was the first to challenge the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s Grand Jury System and Pennsylvania’s new Drunk Driving Law. He successfully challenged the constitutionality of seizing attorney fees in drug cases before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Mr. Costopoulos defended Dr. Jay Smith which resulted in three books and a CBS mini-series. Jay Smith was awarded a new trial by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and thereafter on September 18, 1992, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court freed Jay Smith. Mr. Costopoulos represented Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen. Mr. Costopoulos has also authored four books: The Price of Acquittal, published in 1982; The White Lady War, published in 1990; Principal Suspect, released nationally in 1996; and, his fourth book and second novel, Guilty of Innocence, was released to a national audience on April 1, 2000. Mr. Costopoulos received his B.A. in Political Science in 1966 from Dickinson College. In 1971, he received his J.D., cum laude, from Duquesne University School of Law, where he served as Editor-In-Chief of the Law Review. He also received a Scholarship Award and the award for Best Oral Advocate, Mid-Atlantic Conference, from Duquesne University School of Law in 1971. He received his L.L.M. degree from Harvard University School of Law in 1972. Mr. Costopoulos served as an Adjunct Professor at Dickinson School of Law from 1982 through 1985. He has been named in the Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense Section, in 1983, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002. He is a member of the Order of Barristers, the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Most recently, he successfully defended York Mayor Charles Robertson who was acquitted of murder charges on October 19, 2002.