Andrew C. Graves

Andrew C. Graves

Harrisonburg, Virginia

I am a criminal defense attorney in the Federal and State Courts of Virginia, with extensive trial experience in a wide range of offenses ranging from simple traffic or misdemeanors to first degree murder and all offenses in between.  I have represented people charged with complex financial crimes, multi-tiered drug conspiracies, sexual offenses and just about every crime one can imagine. I have appeared in many courts all around the Commonwealth of Virginia as well as the Virginia Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of Virginia.  I have obtained many favorable verdicts from Judge and Juries in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  I also routinely represent college students charged with minor and serious offenses as such I am familiar with the delicacy of each case.  I have appeared at James Madison University Office of Student Accountability hearings many times when students are expelled and need help in presenting their cases for reconsideration.

I am a former police officer / deputy sheriff and am the third generation to practice law in Harrisonburg as well as the greater Shenandoah Valley.  My Grandfather and Father both practiced in Harrisonburg before rising to the local bench, on the District and Circuit Court levels.  I enjoy the complex research and fact finding that must go into every case whether it is a possession of alcohol underage, or a serious felony.  I also believe in fully knowing every case and using private investigators, accident reconstructionists and have expert references for just about every need. 

On a personal level I enjoy traveling, golfing and spending time with my family.  I live in Rockingham County, Virginia with my wife, three children, two dogs and a cat.

Areas of Practice

  • 80% Criminal Defense
  • 20% Traffic Offenses

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 2009


  • Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, Virginia
    • J.D. - 2006
  • Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, Virginia
    • B.S. - 2003
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • Tina Marie Bryant v. Commonwealth, Virginia Court of Appeals Record No. 0922-16-3, Criminal, 2017

Honors and Awards

  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100, 2013 - 2018

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys

Past Employment Positions

  • Law Office of Andrew C. Graves, PLLC, 2008 - 2017