Owner & Trial Attorney James Abrenio specializes in Personal Injury & Criminal Defense in Northern Virginia. 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 many of his clients, James shares a diverse background. 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. 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. However, graciously, the University of Richmond allowed him to finish his last year of law school in Richmond so that he could help out with a family emergency. Since then, James has remained in the Commonwealth where he’s been practicing Personal Injury & Criminal Defense ever since. When asked about his trial experience, James recalls, “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.”
In addition, James devotes much of his free time to his community. 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 is a Former Board Member for the National Alliance of Mental Illness of Northern Virginia. Now, he serves as their Legislative Liaison. 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.
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