A bit about us:
We are a nationally recognized trial firm with one of the largest product liability practices in the country
We defend corporate clients as both lead trial counsel and national coordinating counsel in high-exposure and technically intricate lawsuits in multiple jurisdictions
- Duties include trying first-chair cases, drafting motions and pleadings, and running trials and motion hearings
- Advising and providing legal representations to individuals charged with criminal acts on variety of levels
- Investigate the case and interview witnesses
- Research case law, statutes, crimes codes, and procedural law
- Build a defense and develop a case strategy
- Negotiate with the prosecution to plea bargain to lesser charges
- Draft, file and argue motions such as motions to dismiss and motions to suppress
- Advocate for the defendant at trial
- Draft, file and argue appeals
- Building strong defenses for clients charged with crimes or facing criminal charges
- Creating successful case strategies through thorough investigations and interviewing of witnesses
- Researching statutes, crime codes and case law that pertain to the specific charges their clients are facing
- Representing clients at trials in front of judges and juries
- Drafting and filing appeal documents
- Working toward obtaining dismissals or lesser charges by negotiating with prosecuting attorneys
- Bachelor’s Degree
- 2 years to 20 years of experience in Northern Virginia Courts.
- Can be a former/current public defender, commonwealth's attorney, in private practice - Anyone with northern Virginia criminal defense experience (so they've practiced in those courts before, Prince William, Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Loudoun - don't need ALL, but at least one or two of those courts)
- Excellent oral and written advocacy skills in order to argue a client's case before a judge and persuade a jury.
- Investigative and research skills are also important in building a client's case and establishing a strong defense.
- Strong creative thinking and analytical skills to develop a legal strategy, analyze case law and litigate complex cases.
- In-depth understanding of state, federal and local rules, court procedures, evidentiary laws, and local judges to navigate the criminal justice system efficiently and competently.
- Excellent interpersonal skills are necessary to build a strong client-attorney relationship. Criminal defendants are a finicky group who sometimes go through many lawyers before settling on one they like. Therefore, the ability to attract and retain clients is essential to a thriving criminal defense practice.