Doyle Spell, Jr., far better known in the legal community as Buddy Spell, was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana where he graduated from St. Martin's Episcopal School before receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. After receiving his law degree from Loyola University of the South School of Law, where he first met his future wife and law partner, Buddy joined the international firm of Rice, Fowler, Kingsmill, Vance & Flint in 1989, where he primarily practiced insurance defense maritime personal injury law, antitrust defense, and sports and entertainment regulation. In May, 1993, he left Rice, Fowler to set out on his own and to establish Spell & Associates, L.L.C. Three years later, in 1996, Buddy moved to the north shore of New Orleans to marry Annie and the couple settled initially in Washington Parish. In February, 1997, Annie and Buddy Spell first opened the doors of Spell & Spell in Franklinton, Louisiana where Annie was engaged in a civil practice while Buddy continued his long and extensive journey in the field of criminal defense. 

In 2001, the couple and their young daughter moved to Covington where they have established roots in the St. Tammany Parish community they now call home. Seven years later, they purchased and renovated a hundred year old Covington cottage on the corner of North Columbia Street and Tyler Street which has housed the law firm ever since. It was at that time that Annie opted to begin an extended sabbatical from the practice so as to begin a new career as a stay at home mom. Buddy continued on in his criminal defense practice as a solo practitioner until new partner, Tara Zeller, joined Spell & Spell in 2015, and Annie Spell returned to the practice in early 2016.

Over the course of a criminal defense career now extending well over two decades, Buddy Spell has represented clients charged with felonies of all types, many of whom have gone to jury trial.  A substantial portion of his client base is comprised of individuals designated by the government as multiple offenders exposed to the enhanced penalties set out by statute.

Buddy is admitted to practice in all Louisiana state courts and United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana