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The following list was determined using a number of factors including both objective and subjective criteria. Lawyers were selected based on their career accomplishments, high profile and famous cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications. This list represents some of the most highly accomplished lawyers currently practicing in Virginia, including both civil law and criminal law.

When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • It is impossible to accurately determine a statewide shortlist of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing law.
  • It is difficult to compare lawyers who practice in different areas of the law.
Jeffrey Daniel Zimmerman
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Alexandria, VA
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Donald W Marcari
Personal Injury Lawyer
Charlotte, NC
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David Benowitz
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Washington, DC
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Robert K. Jenner
Personal Injury and Mass Tort Lawyer
Baltimore, MD
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Geraldine Welikson Hess
Family Law and Divorce Lawyer
Vienna, VA
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Michelle Derrico
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Roanoke, VA
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David J. Dischley
DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Alexandria, VA
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Mark Tucker Hurt
Motor Vehicle Accidents and Social Security Disability Lawyer
Abingdon, VA
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Richard James Serpe
Personal Injury and Motor Vehicle Accidents Lawyer
Norfolk, VA
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James D. Garrett
Family Law and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Norfolk, VA
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Scott C. Nolan
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Fairfax, VA
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David Ludwig
Civil Trial Law and Copyrights / Trademarks Lawyer
Leesburg, VA
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Virginia Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

Virginia State Bar - An administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Virginia State Bar exists to regulate, improve, and advance the legal profession throughout the state. It is mandatory to be in good standing with the VSB to be able to practice law in Virginia. Established in 1938, the Virginia State Bar handles regulatory issues such as attorney disciplinary matters and complaints of unauthorized practice of law.
The Virginia Bar Association - Membership in the Vermont Bar Association is voluntary, so the bar thus strives to provide its attorney and other legal professionals with valuable services such as continuing legal education and practice management. Founded in 1878, the Vermont Bar Association's mission is to advocate equal access to justice, promote competence and diligence in the legal profession and encourage the special role of the lawyer as a public servant.
VTLA - Virginia Trial Lawyers Association - The VTLA is a nonprofit professional association of attorneys who represent plaintiffs in personal injury and other civil cases throughout Virginia. The organization provides networking opportunities and educational resources to its members including Continuing Legal Education (CLE) events. The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA) advocates for fair access to the civil justice system in Virginia and the Constitutional right to a civil jury trial.
VACDL - Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - The Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (VACDL) in Richmond, VA, was established in 1992 as the Virginia College of Criminal Defense Attorneys. In 2002, it changed its name to the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The VACDL has become a growing platform for criminal defense lawyers serving the accused in the state of Virginia. It is affiliated with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).
Legal Associations in Virginia - Legal organizations in Virginia create a vibrant network for legal professionals to connect, learn, and grow. Covering diverse practice areas, these associations offer valuable resources, networking events, and educational opportunities. By fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange, they contribute significantly to the development of legal expertise, professional relationships, and the overall advancement of the legal field in Virginia.


Law Schools in Virginia

Appalachian School of Law - ASL is an ABA-approved law school located in Grundy, Virginia. Founded in 1994, Appalachian School of Law is a Private school with approximately 164 students currently enrolled. The Juris Doctor or J.D. is the degree program offered for law students wishing to enter the legal profession and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. View the Lawyer Legion profile and browse the alumni directory for this law school to learn more.
George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School - George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School is an ABA-approved law school located in Arlington, Virginia. Founded in 1979, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School is a Public school with approximately 497 students currently enrolled. The Juris Doctor or J.D. is the degree program offered for law students wishing to enter the legal profession and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. View the Lawyer Legion profile for this law school to learn more.
Liberty University School of Law - Liberty Law is an ABA-approved law school located in Lynchburg, Virginia. Founded in 2004, Liberty University School of Law is a Private school with approximately 206 students currently enrolled. The Juris Doctor or J.D. is the degree program offered for law students wishing to enter the legal profession and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. View the Lawyer Legion profile and browse the alumni directory for this law school to learn more.
Regent University School of Law - Regent University School of Law is an ABA-approved law school located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Founded in 1986, Regent University School of Law is a Private school with approximately 275 students currently enrolled. The Juris Doctor or J.D. is the degree program offered for law students wishing to enter the legal profession and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. View the Lawyer Legion profile and browse the alumni directory for this law school to learn more.
University of Richmond School of Law - Richmond Law is an ABA-approved law school located in Richmond, Virginia. Founded in 1870, University of Richmond School of Law is a Private school with approximately 388 students currently enrolled. The Juris Doctor or J.D. is the degree program offered for law students wishing to enter the legal profession and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. View the Lawyer Legion profile and browse the alumni directory for this law school to learn more.
University of Virginia School of Law - UVA Law is an ABA-approved law school located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Founded in 1826, University of Virginia School of Law is a Public school with approximately 964 students currently enrolled. The Juris Doctor or J.D. is the degree program offered for law students wishing to enter the legal profession and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. View the Lawyer Legion profile and browse the alumni directory for this law school to learn more.
Washington and Lee University School of Law - W&L Law is an ABA-approved law school located in Lexington, Virginia. Founded in 1866, Washington and Lee University School of Law is a Private school with approximately 401 students currently enrolled. The Juris Doctor or J.D. is the degree program offered for law students wishing to enter the legal profession and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. View the Lawyer Legion profile and browse the alumni directory for this law school to learn more.
William & Mary Law School - William & Mary Law School is an ABA-approved law school located in Williamsburg, Virginia. Founded in 1779, William & Mary Law School is a Public school with approximately 603 students currently enrolled. The Juris Doctor or J.D. is the degree program offered for law students wishing to enter the legal profession and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. View the Lawyer Legion profile and browse the alumni directory for this law school to learn more.

Virginia Government and Court Resources

Attorney General of Virginia

Attorney General of Virginia - The Attorney General of Virginia, elected by the people, serves as the chief legal officer for the state. Responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, the Attorney General represents Virginia in legal matters, both civil and criminal, and oversees law enforcement. The office plays a pivotal role in prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state, issuing legal opinions, and addressing a wide range of legal issues, including consumer protection, public safety, and environmental concerns.

Supreme Court of Virginia

Supreme Court of Virginia - The Supreme Court of Virginia serves as the highest appellate court in the state, responsible for interpreting and applying the law. Its primary role involves reviewing appeals from lower courts to ensure the accurate interpretation and application of state laws and the constitution. The court hears a broad spectrum of cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, establishing legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners statewide. Additionally, the Supreme Court of Virginia oversees the regulation of attorneys, managing attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and ensuring the professionalism and ethical conduct of lawyers throughout Virginia.

Virginia Department of Labor and Industry

Virginia Department of Labor and Industry - The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) is responsible for safeguarding the well-being and rights of workers within the state. DOLI administers and enforces labor laws and regulations, ensuring that employers maintain safe and healthy workplaces. The department plays a pivotal role in promoting occupational safety, offering training programs, and conducting inspections to assess compliance with workplace standards. Additionally, DOLI manages workers' compensation programs, providing support to employees injured on the job. By overseeing these crucial aspects of the labor market, the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry contributes to fostering a fair, and secure work environment for the residents of Virginia.

Virginia Department of Social Services

Virginia Department of Social Services - The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) oversees and administers various social service programs aimed at supporting individuals and families across the state. VDSS manages programs such as child welfare services including foster care and adoption, and childcare assistance. Additionally, the department provides adult protective services, services for individuals with disabilities, mental health services, and initiatives to promote self-sufficiency and family stability, working to provide essential resources and support to citizens of Virginia in need while striving to enhance the quality of life for families and individuals statewide.

Virginia General Assembly

Virginia General Assembly - The Virginia General Assembly operates under a bicameral system, comprising the Virginia Senate and the Virginia House of Delegates. The Senate has 40 members serving four-year terms, while the House consists of 100 members serving two-year terms. The General Assembly is responsible for proposing, debating, and passing laws that govern the state. Its duties include formulating the state budget, levying taxes, and addressing various policy issues such as education, healthcare, and transportation. Members of the Virginia General Assembly work collaboratively to represent the interests and concerns of the state's citizens, ensuring the effective functioning of Virginia's government.

Virginia Indigent Defense Commission

Virginia Indigent Defense Commission - The Virginia Indigent Defense Commission (VIDC) was established to ensure that individuals who cannot afford private attorneys receive proper legal representation. Founded to uphold constitutional rights, VIDC offers defense services, legal counsel, and advocacy for those facing criminal charges or legal proceedings. The commission collaborates with qualified attorneys, sets standards for representation quality, and ensures the protection of the right to counsel.

Virginia's Judicial System

Virginia's Judicial System - Virginia's Judicial System is entrusted with the fundamental duty of administering justice in the state. Its responsibilities include interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, ensuring due process, protecting individual rights, and overseeing family law matters such as divorce and child custody. The system operates through various levels of courts, including the Virginia Supreme Court and the Circuit Courts, each serving specific functions in the legal process.

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