Experience & Background
Andrew has been practicing criminal defense law in the Commonwealth of Virginia since he graduated from law school, and prides himself on providing unrelenting and creative legal advocacy for every single client charged with any kind of crime. He has handled multiple appeals to the Virginia Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Virginia, and has even overturned sentences imposed by the Virginia Parole Board long after criminal cases have ended. In order to continually provide exceptional service, Andrew also attends well over the 12 hours’ worth of required Virginia Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) trainings each year.
Andrew graduated cum laude from William & Mary Law School, where he focused in civil rights & criminal law. As a law student, he received top grades in relevant coursework, participated in criminal law moot court competitions, and wrote multiple scholarly articles published in William & Mary’s legal internet blogs, as well as its nationally-renowned Bill of Rights Journal, including his article on Virginia capital punishment. He also acquired valuable experience working for defense attorneys, prosecutors, and judges alike at the state and federal levels in Virginia and Washington, D.C: including Virginia’s Central Capital Defender Office, the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
After law school, Andrew spent four years defending Virginians from criminal prosecutions as an attorney in the Alexandria and Suffolk Public Defender offices, as well as a private criminal defense attorney in Fairfax and Prince William Counties. In that time, he worked on cases ranging from the lowest of misdemeanors to the highest of felonies covered by the news media, and consistently satisfied clients of all different financial and cultural backgrounds.
Andrew lives in Fairfax County, Virginia and is engaged to be married. Although originally from Texas, he keeps regular company with family and family friends in the DMV area, as well as further south along the East Coast. He primarily enjoys visiting breweries, distilleries, comedy clubs, and state/national parks and is a regular runner.
Philosophy & Approach
Andrew believes that criminal cases are not decided by truth nor fairness, but by evidence. As a result, his approach to criminal cases is heavily centered on controlling and anticipating the evidence that would be presented by both sides at trial. Despite the Virginia Rules of Evidence being both technical and strict, he is known for pursuing creative ways to get preferred facts and arguments translated into admissible evidence for his clients.
Andrew views criminal defense litigation as a team-based effort. He consults his clients through each decision and step of their case, empowering them to make decisions by clearly explaining the legal context of any issues that may arise. At the same time, he prepares clients for the large amount of uncertainty involved in the local criminal justice system, and is ready to adapt case strategies based on dynamically-unfolding circumstances.