criminal defense and complex civil litigation in DC, Virginia, and federal courts
Ed intentionally handles a select number of cases at any one time to allow him to provide close, individual attention to each client's needs. Ed's representation begins by understanding all the facts and your goals. He will keep you fully informed about your case and case strategy. He will answer your questions and be available to you. Every client gets his commitment and dedication.
In criminal cases, the government has significant taxpayer-funded resources – prosecutors, police officers, laboratories, and budgets – at its disposal when it chooses to bring charges against an individual. To win the best possible result, there are no shortcuts. The defense must fight the government fact by fact, which requires thorough and relentless preparation.
Ed believes the best outcome for a client can be reached only after extensive pre-trial preparation and the experience and confidence to succeed in the trial courtroom. Even the best settlements are reached when the government knows the defense is capable of going to trial and will go to trial to vindicate the client. Ed has tried, with success, scores of criminal cases -- from the most simple to capital murder.
Whether by trial or pretrial settlement, Ed fiercely and zealously works to achieve the best outcome for each client.
Criminal investigations, especially in federal court , D.C. Superior Court, and Virginia courts begin long before an arrest is made. During the investigative phase of a case or before the return of any formal charge, a great opportunity is presented for your attorney to help you try to avoid a criminal charge. An attorney might be able to convince the prosecutor to decline to proceed, or to proceed with less serious charges.
Ungvarsky Law strives to provide you with the best outcome before charges are filed. Services include representing witnesses at the pre-charge investigation and grand jury stages of a case and seeking the return of any seized assets.
You don't want to give up your rights. Ed will evaluate the allegations against you and communicate directly with the prosecutor to seek to avoid or lessen any charges. Call 571/207-9710 today to secure your pre-charge or grand jury representation.
Ed Ungvarsky in Alexandria, VA and Washington, DC provides full direct representation and/or consulting services on cases involving DNA evidence and forensic science from brainstorming to direct trial representation. Services include case consultation, evaluation and assessment of DNA and other forensic evidence results, brainstorming case theories, assisting in finding and retaining expert witnesses, facilitating communication with expert witnesses, preparation for admissibility hearings and trial including cross-examination, and direct representation in hearings and trials.
Ed is one of the premier attorneys in the country concerning the use of expert witnesses, forensic DNA evidence, and other forms of forensic evidence. He focused exclusively on DNA and forensic science when he led the Forensic Practice Group in DC, and has published frequently about DNA and forensic evidence, including DNA for the Defense Bar (National Institute of Justice 2012) and Remarks on the Use and Misuse of Forensic Science to Lead to False Convictions (New England Law Rev. 2007).
Ed serves as a peer reviewer for the U.S. Department of Justice and has traveled to Thailand to train foreign professionals about DNA evidence at the request of the U.S. Department of State. For the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, he served as Chair of the NACDL Task Force on the Future of Forensic Science and has been a member of the Forensic Science Committee since 2004.
Ed is in demand across the country and internationally to consult with and advise lawyers, investigators, and forensic scientists on topics such as "trying a DNA case," "model DNA cross-examination," and "working with and/or cross-examining expert witnesses." The U.S. Department of Justice has called Ed "expert in a defense lawyer’s use of DNA evidence."
As a result of prior work, Ed is readily available to represent persons charged in national security cases in which clearance is required.
Ed also represents individuals and businesses in federal criminal investigations and trials, and in other government enforcement matters such as Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proceedings ,and local and federal inspector general investigations. Ed is experienced in addressing and responding to subpoenas. Ed can also conduct corporate investigations.
Ed believes that the starting point of every representation is the willingness and ability to go to trial to vindicate his client's rights, while being mindful of efforts to minimize publicity and other adverse consequences through pretrial negotiation and settlement.
Lawyers turn to Ed for advice concerning professional malpractice and ethics matters. Ed has taught and advised about professional responsibility in DC, Virginia, and nationwide for more than a decade.
Professionals of all strips turn to Ed to help them obtain -- and maintain -- their professional licenses so as to move forward with their own livelihoods.
Ed handles all kinds of criminal cases and complex civil litigation in state courts in Virginia and Washington, D.C. and in federal courts nationwide, particularly the Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland federal district courts. Ed has handled successfully every type of criminal case in every type of circumstance from simple misdemeanors to capital murder. He has practiced as a criminal defense attorney, primarily in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia, full-time since graduating Yale Law School. Ed puts together a team of investigators, social workers, psychologists, and other experts to obtain the best resources for his clients.
Ed is frequently asked to represent clients in the U.S. federal district courts in the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria and Richmond, in Washington, D.C., and Maryland in Greenbelt and Baltimore. His federal practice goes beyond the local area - including federal district courts in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and wherever else his services are sought.
Ed was responsible for thousands of clients at the D.C. Public Defender Service - the pre-eminent criminal defense office in the country - for 12 years, as a trial attorney, supervising trial attorney, special counsel for forensic DNA and forensic sciences, and chief of the trial division. As the lead trial attorney in the office, Ed provided overall management of the 60-attorney unit to ensure that every client received superior representation and also enjoyed his own active trial caseload of complex criminal cases. Ed has developed a particular expertise with forensic DNA and other scientific evidence, with cases alleging sexual misconduct and child pornography, narcotics offenses, homicides and violent offenses, and with mental health evidence and defenses to charges for persons suffering from mental illness. Ed has personally tried approximately 50 cases in D.C. Superior Court in Washington, D.C. and has closely supervised many more.
Ed practices in all the courts and courthouses across Northern Virginia. He is frequently found in the Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Prince William, and Loudoun courthouses. He also practices in Prince George, Stafford, and Spotsylvania Counties to the South and Fauquier and courts in the Shenandoah Valley to the west. And for especially difficult cases, he is asked to travel to the Tidewater and the western part of the state. Ed is a trial attorney. Ed got all charges dismissed for a client charged with attempted murder in Arlington County, avoided the death penalty in Prince William County for a client who shot and killed police officers, leading to the abolition of the Virginia death penalty, and has obtained dismissals of cases and no-charge decisions across Northern Virginia.
Ed's practice includes representation on criminal appeals and state and federal post-conviction, as well as motions to seal and expunge prior criminal history events. Ed spent three years as a full-time appellate and post-conviction specialist to establish a base of legal knowledge and skills before becoming a trial attorney. He continues to handle appeals in D.C., Virginia, and the federal courts, whether for someone who seeks relief from adverse legal judgments at the trial level and as the author of amicus (friend of the court) briefs in support of the appeals of others. He also presents clemency applications to the Governor of Virginia and the U.S. Pardon Office and President of the United States.
Ed is an attorney who other lawyers turn to for legal and ethical advice. He provides ethics opinions to lawyers, helps attorneys and other professionals obtain and maintain their professional licenses, and is brought in to consult on challenging cases by other lawyers. Ed graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and from Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut. During law school, Ed worked for two large DC law firms, Jenner & Block and Akin, Gump. Upon graduating from law school, Ed clerked in Montgomery, Alabama for the Honorable Frank M. Johnson, Jr., on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Martin Luther King, Jr. called Judge Johnson "the man who gave true meaning to the word justice." Ed's federal appellate clerkship with one of the most illustrious judges in U.S. history was an unparalleled learning experience. Originally from New Jersey, Ed and his family have lived in the greater Washington, D.C. area for many years, and he and his wife - who founded a public charter school for children with and without special needs - are grounded in the social and political community - including hosting political fundraisers for progressive candidates who have gone on to win their elections and become political leaders.
Ed brings his successful style of thoughtful, creative, aggressive, and client-centered representation to clients in federal court, D.C. Superior Court, and Circuit, General District, and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts across Virginia, particularly in the cities and counties in Northern Virginia.
Ed is licensed to practice law in Washington, D.C., Virginia, New York, and New Jersey, as well as all of the federal courts in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. He represent persons in need both in the trial courts and on appeal. He also serves as local and/or specialized counsel in complex or creative civil cases, where his expertise in the local courts or in successful trial litigation is valuable.
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