criminal defense and complex civil litigation in DC, Virginia, and federal courts
May 24, 2021 - “Raphael Schklowsky is deeply remorseful, ashamed and contrite for his offending behavior,” Ungvarsky said. “Since his arrest, Mr. Schklowsky has undergone intensive inpatient and community-based treatment and therapy that will ensure such actions never occur again.”
March 24, 2021 - Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signs bill that repeals the death penalty, making Virginia the first Southern state to abolish capital punishment. " Ed Ungvarsky, a long-time capital defense attorney, is one of those advocates. No one is saying his name right now, but those who cast the votes for repeal are familiar with his work. . . . thanks to the extraordinary work of Ed and his team."
March 2021 - "This week, Ungvarsky filed an appeal with the Virginia Court of Appeals seeking a new trial in Johnson’s case, citing “multiple inequities and misapplications of the law” during Johnson’s jury trial and sentencing a year and a half ago."
November 2020 - Ed is part of team of lawyers that obtains a stay of execution for Lisa Montgomery, delaying her execution two months. Several stays were obtained from different courts before the U.S. government secured vacatur of all the stays by the U.S. Supreme Court and Mrs. Montgomery was executed days before change in Presidential administration.
October 2020 - Ed represents a Virginia Commonwealth's Attorney protect her jurisdiction and authority to decide what charges, if any, to bring concerning a protest at a Confederate Memorial Statute.
September 2020 - Criminal Sentencing - After a U.S. Army officer was convicted by a jury, Ed took over the case for criminal sentencing and for the appeal. The appeal is pending. "
Ungvarsky said his client had overcome early struggles with alcoholism to graduate from high school and then college with honors, before embarking on a military career. Johnson had a top-security clearance and worked for the National Counterterrorism Center. Nearly 50 people wrote letters of support for Johnson before the sentencing."
May 2020 - Ed Obtains Dismissal of Criminal Trespassing Charge Against Pro Publica Journalist Reporting on COVID-19 Response at Liberty University
March 2020 - Ed is Asked to Comment on Admission of Psychological Evidence - "Edward Ungvarsky doesn’t implicitly belief skilled witnesses. As a felony protection lawyer, his purchasers are sometimes evaluated by psychologists, who then current their findings in courtroom. The outcomes of the forensic psychology assessments they administer can have a giant impact on the end result of a trial. They might decide whether or not somebody ought to have custody of a kid, or whether or not defendants can perceive the authorized system and help in their very own protection, a important element of evaluating whether or not an individual is competent to face trial. Others decide whether or not a defendant was sane once they dedicated a criminal offense, or whether or not they’re eligible for the loss of life penalty. So Ungvarsky, who practices in Virginia, Maryland, and DC, tries to verify the psychologists use the correct instruments to get at these questions. “I at all times ask what check they’re doing and why,” he says. "
November 2019 - Ed talks about his experiences as a criminal defense lawyer: "Public and capital defense lawyer Ed Ungvarsky ’90 returned to campus to speak about his career on Wednesday, Oct. 30. The talk, held at the Gordon Career Center, was co-sponsored by the African American Studies Department, Government Department, the POC Pre-Law Society, and Wesleyan Mock Trial. In the talk, Ungvarsky offered anecdotes about his career, including his decision to leave government work to open his own firm, and advice for students interested in pursing careers in law."
October 2019 - Ed presents invited talk at Yale Law School on successfully overcoming the challenges a trial where the prosecution is seeking the death penalty.
November 2018 - Habeas Corpus Victory: Federal appellate court orders new capital sentencing trial for client based upon unconstitutional exclusion of evidence - “We thought there was nothing more important for jurors in making the decision about life in prison than to hear [whether] the person would be violent in prison. This court’s ruling brings Virginia into agreement with the entire rest of the country.”
October 2018 - Ed Ungvarsky obtains first life sentence by jury in Prince William County, Virginia in the 50 years that the elected prosecutor has been in office, in case where client killed two persons including a police officer
July 2018 - Discovery reform recommendations noted https://vacdl.org/resources/Documents/VLW%20High%20Court%20Mulls%20Reforms%20in%20Criminal%20Discovery%20article%207-3-18.pdf
October 2016 - Signatory to letter to President of Pakistan
March 2016 - Ed elicts lead investigator's admission that all prosecution witnesses "were all suspects."
September 2014 - Achievement of removal of death penalty as possible sentencing option for accused multiple murderer
May 2014 - Ed successfully represents accused multiple murderer over prosecutor's objection
May 2014 - Ed is named Kutak-Dodd Prize Recipient - "He is recognized for his remarkable compassion to clients and innovative thinking in litigation."
May 2014 - Video of Kutak-Dodd Prize Award and Acceptance Speech (at 42.30 of Part I) - "Ed's personal commitment to each and every case is evident in his determination to explore all possible avenues in his arguments. . . . He exemplifies the lawyer that every criminally accused person should have."
October 2013 - Tracking dog evidence points to other suspect in Greene County (Va.) triple murder case
September 2013 - Ed litigates impact of evidence stolen from property room by law enforcement officer
October 2012 - Ed marshals legal community support's for recusal of prosecutor
August 2010 - Ed is elected Board Member of NACDL
April 2010 - Ed leads NACDL Task Force that calls for forensic science reform
October 2006 - Ed is recommended to be DC Superior Court Associate Judge
April 2006 - Ed obtains jury deadlock in cold hit database DNA case
April 2005 - Ed directs innovative eyewitness identification polling survey
May 2002 - Ed raises Second Amendment individual right to possess a handgun prior to Supreme Court decision in Heller
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