James Abrenio

James Abrenio specializes in Personal Injury & Criminal Defense in Northern Virginia. James has received, “Top Attorney” awards from Bestlawyers.com, Northern Virginia Magazine, Arlington Magazine, Virginia Business Magazine, Super Lawyers, and Avvo.com.

Like many of his clients, James shares a diverse background. Son to a father who emigrated from the Philippines and a mother born and raised in Harlan, Kentucky, James brings a unique perspective to his cases.  James considers himself a true Virginian. He spent his grade school years in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, “Coal Country,” in Grundy, Virginia. In high school, his family moved to Richmond, and James completed his undergraduate studies at UVA in Charlottesville.  

James earned his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law in 2008 and moved to Northern Virginia. Since then, James has remained in the Commonwealth where he has specialized in Personal Injury & Criminal Defense.  Prior to opening Abrenio Law in 2019, James worked at two private firms and served as Assistant Public Defender for Loudoun County.   

As a life-long learner, James believes that teaching is important. To that end, James is a Lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law. James also presents Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Courses for the VTLA, Virginia CLE, and Fairfax Bar Association. Having previously served as a Public Defender, James regularly takes on pro bono cases.  Most notably, he defended a man charged with assaulting the organizer of the “Unite the Right,” rally in Charlottesville in which the jury fined James’s client $1.  

James also takes on important leadership roles. Currently, he serves as Co-Chair to the Federal Liaison Committee of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. In 2019, James served as a Citizen Commissioner on Virginia’s Inaugural Redistricting Commission. James is a Former Board Member for the National Alliance of Mental Illness of Northern Virginia and a Member of the 2019 Class of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, a non-partisan program of which many of our local elected officials are alumni.

James lives with his wife, Linda, and daughter, Harper, in Burke, Virginia.

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  • J.D., Syracuse University College of Law
  • B.A., University of Virginia
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