James Abrenio
Attorney at Law

Owner & Trial Attorney James Abrenio specializes in Personal Injury & Criminal Defense throughout Virginia. Well recognized by his peers and former clients, James has received recognition for his work to include “Top Attorney” awards by Bestlawyers.com, Northern Virginia Magazine, Arlington Magazine, Virginia Business Magazine, Super Lawyers, and Avvo.com. Like his clients, however, James is more than just his resume.

Son to a father who emigrated from the Philippines in the 1960’s and a mother born and raised in Harlan, Kentucky, James brings a unique perspective to his cases.  He’s also a Virginian through and through. 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.  

After finishing law school at Syracuse University, James returned to the Commonwealth in 2008 where he’s been practicing Personal Injury & Criminal Defense based out of Northern Virginia.  When asked about his trial experience, James likes to explain that, “while my friends were going to Barack Obama’s inauguration speech, I was in a two-week murder trial. I got thrown in right away, and haven’t wanted to leave the courtroom since.” 

James has tried cases and argued motions in Northern Virginia and throughout the state.  He has also argued before the Virginia Supreme Court. He specializes in Personal Injury and Criminal Defense not only because of his passion for representing individual’s rights, but also because he loves the courtroom. 

In addition, James devotes much of his free time to helping his community.  Having previously served as a Public Defender, James regularly takes on pro bono cases that he finds compelling.  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.  

Recently, James served on the Board for the National Alliance of Mental Illness of Northern Virginia.  Until recently, he was also on the Leadership Committee of Justice Forward Virginia, a Political Action Committee that advocates for criminal justice reform here in the Commonwealth. James is also 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 believes that, in addition to knowing the technical law to advocate his client’s position, the system needs to change to further account for the rights of individuals.  And the only way to do this is to be actively involved in the community.  

If you want to know what James’s real clients and colleagues say about him, check out his reviews here.  He has been blessed to work with and for great clients and brilliant colleagues who have not only helped him hone his craft, but shaped him as an advocate and a person. He looks forward to learning your story. 

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Defense
  • J.D., Syracuse University College of Law
  • B.A., University of Virginia
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