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Kenneth Clay Chrisman

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About me

      I am a lifelong resident of Virginia and, despite its sometimes frustrating criminal justice system, proud to be. I was born in the beautiful Shendoah Valley, but grew up mostly in the Washington D.C. suburbs. In my junior year of high school my family moved back to Luray where I played football and baseball. After graduating high school, I took a year off and served as a fulltime tour guide at the world famous Luray Caverns. You might say that's where I learned my public speaking ability at the age 19; that skill has served me well. 

       I then attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) where I graduated with honors with a  B.A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies in 1981. After taking another year off I was accepted to law school at George Mason University School of Law (GMUSL), considered a "top tier" law school. Whila at GMUSL, I served as a member of the GMUSL Law Review, served as guidance advisor to Professor Charles Friend's first year torts class, based on having one of the two highest grades in the subject in my first year.  After passing the Virginia Bar exam, I entered the field of criminal defense where I have practiced since. 

          After living in the trendy Fan District of Richmond for 15 years, my wife Marcie and I moved to the charming Forest Ridge community where we are both are very active in neighborhood organizations and association governence. We enjoy traveling especially to tropical areas; we have especially enjoyed our various visits to Hawaii and Western Jamaica. 

            In my career I have seen the tremendous harm that the continuing criminalization of marijuana has done to many of my clients charged with simple possession or growing a few plants for thier own comsumption. Most of these clients were and are otherwise completely law abiding citizens, most without so much as a serious traffic ticket in thier background.

I am a tirel;ess champion of decriminalization and believe that Virginia needs to get on the right side of history. I recently was  able to express some of thes views in an interview by the local ABC affiliate WRIC Channel 8's Kerrie O'Brien for her special investigative report "The Price of Policing Pot".     



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  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    30 years, 5 thousand cases



Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

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  • Robert Stuart Hahn

    I am impressed by the answers that Mr. Chrisman provides to people who submit inquiries via AVVO. His answers demonstrate that he is well versed in the law and would be an excellent advocate should you find yourself in need of a criminal attorney in his area.


    Robert Hahn Personal Injury Attorney
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  • Marc William Morris

    I endorse Ken Chrisman. Ken has a wealth of experience and he has proven that he knows how to help clients. I can see by the way he thoughtfully answers asker's questions on this site that he is passionate about representing individuals and helping to protect their rights.


    Marc Morris Criminal Defense Attorney
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VAAuthorized to practice law198509/15/2015
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerKenneth C. Chrisman, Attorney at Law1992 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Sea Ranch Owner's Association Board of DirectorsPast Vice Chair2004 - 2007
Forest Ridge Owner's AssociationFormer President2003 - Present
NORML Legal CommitteeAttorney Member2002 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Mason University School of LawN/AJD1985
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityN/AB.A.1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The 5400 Men's Club Luncheon Lecture SeriesThe Cost of continuing to criminalize possession of Marijuana in Virginia2014