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James Donald Garrett

James Donald Garrett

also known as JD Garrett

About me

Attorney James Garrett is the founder and lead attorney at Garrett Law Group, PLC in Virginia Beach. He began in private practice immediately upon graduating law school and being admitted to practice in his home state of Virginia in 2005. His main focus of practice is criminal and traffic defense.


In addition the firm handles matters of family law, including divorce, child custody and adoptions; and matters involving personal injury incurred from auto accidents.



Contact Garrett Law Group, PLC at (757) 422-4646 to speak with Mr. Garrett about a criminal or traffic matter; or to speak with one of the other experienced attorneys regarding a family or personal injury matter.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 85%
    10 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 5%
    10 years, 100 cases
  3. Domestic Violence: 5%
    10 years, 100 cases
  4. Violent Crime: 5%
    10 years, 100 cases



Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (10%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

233 total 

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  • Kevin Michael Duffan

    I endorse JD. He's a very professional and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney practicing here in the Hampton Roads area. Though we were always on the opposite sides of matters, I found him to be fair, reasonable, and a zealous advocate for his client's rights.


    Kevin Duffan Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Brian Damas Thoman

    Mr. Garrett is a skilled an professional attorney. He has the respect of his colleagues in the local legal community, years of experience, and a proven track record of success. You would be wise to seek his counsel.


    Brian Thoman Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Garrett Law Group, PLC

915 First Colonial Road
Suite 200
Virginia Beach, VA, 23454


VAAuthorized to practice law200509/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Contributor BadgeAVVO2013
Client's Choice AwardAVVO2013
Recognized For Juvenile Justice AdvocacyThomas & Mack Legal Clinic2005
Cum Laude GraduateUniversity of Nevada - Las Vegas2002
Army Commendation MedalU.S. Army1994
Army Commendation MedalU.S. Army1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentGarrett Law Group, PLC2012 - Present
PresidentJames D. Garrett & Associates, PC2007 - 2012
Managing PartnerBarnes & Garrett, PC2005 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2012 - Present
Criminal Trial Lawyers Association of AmericaMember2007 - Present
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2006 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Chesapeake Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Virginia Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Virginia Beach Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Fighting for a just outcomeReduced to misdemeanor; 5 months in jail.
Firearms charges dismissedDismissed
Just Outcome For Military Service MemberAll charges dismissed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Nevada Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
University of Nevada Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of LawN/AN/A2005
University of Nevada-Las VegasPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Caribbean CLEJuvenile Defense2011
Caribbean CLEPre-Arrest Statements to Police2010
Caribbean CLEDefending Sex Crimes2009
Caribbean CLEFranks Hearings2008
Caribbean CLEInsanity Defense in Criminal Cases2007
Thomas & Mack Legal ClinicJuvenile Dispositions in Clark County2006
Thomas & Mack Legal ClinicJurisdiction for Family Law Issues2006
Thomas & Mack Legal ClinicDefining Child Custody Issues2005
Thomas & Mack Legal ClinicDomestic Violence In Family Law2005
Thomas & Mack Legal ClinicJuvenile Justice2004