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.