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Christopher B Amolsch

About me

Christopher Amolsch is a nationally recognized Virginia criminal defense lawyer providing expert, aggressive and innovative representation in all federal and state criminal matters in both federal and state courts and in federal courts throughout the United States.


I graduated magna cum laude from George Mason University and was a scholarship student at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia, which is consistently ranked as one of the top 25 law programs in the country.  After law school, I worked in Tennessee handling death penalty appeals in both federal and state courts before returning to the Washington, DC area.


I have handled many high profile cases which have been covered by numerous national newspapers.  I also appear regularly as an expert legal commentator on many national television programs, including Larry King, Nancy Grace, Court TV, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News.


I am also a founder and past Vice President of Washington, DC's Innocence Project.  As Vice President for the Innocence Project, I testified before the Virginia General Assembly on the causes of wrongful convictions and was actively involved in crafting Virginia's innocence protection legislation.   I filed the first claim of actual innocence ever considered under Virginia's new DNA statute and continue to represent clients seeking exoneration through Virginia's Writ of Actual Innocence and through federal and state habeas petitions.


In addition to my trial and appellate work, I sit on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and am active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the preeminent organizations in Virginia and the United States advancing the mission of the nation's criminal defense lawyers.



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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    17 years, 1.4 thousand cases
  2. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 30%
    17 years
  3. DUI & DWI: 30%
    17 years, 600 cases



Fixed (always), Free consultation (120 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Christopher. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Peter Hills Acker

    I highly recommend Chris to anyone facing criminal charges in Virginia. He and I worked on a matter involving a client charged with 2 felony counts which could have impacted the client in other respects in a horrific way. Chris got both felony counts reduced to one minor misdemeanor with no jail time with no further impact. Talk about impressive!! I know who I am turning to when looking for associate counsel in Virginia criminal matters... : )


    Peter Acker Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

604 Cameron Street
Alexandria, VA, 22314-2506

20 West Market Street
Leesburg, VA, 20176

12005 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA, 20191



VAAuthorized to practice law199909/15/2015
DCActive 199905/25/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Rated- PreminentMartindale-Hubbell2015
Bar RegisterMartindale-Hubbell2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerChristopher Amolsch, Esq.1999 - Present
AssociateMiller & Martin1997 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Virginia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Directors2008 - 2010
Virginia State Bar Ethics SubcommiteeMember2004 - 2005
Mid-Atlantic Innocence ProjectVice President2001 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
United States v. R. M., United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at Alexandria.Not Guilty
United States v. C. C., United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at AlexandriaNot Guilty
United States v. Caliph Basha Ibn Abdur Raheem, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at AlexandriaNot Guilty
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Publication nameTitleDate
FTC:WATCHEditor in ChiefN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
George Mason UniversityPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Causes of Wrongful ConvictionsThe causes of wrongful convictions2004
Causes of Wrongful ConvictionsThe causes of wrongful convictions2003
Virginia General AssemblyInnocence Protection Act2001