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James Bradley Gochenour

About me

I returned to private practice in January 2012.  The 7 prior years I was in charge of the Hampton Public Defender Office where I supervised 13 other defense attrorneys.  Prior to starting the Public Defender's Office I worked for 11+ years as a Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney in Hampton prosecuting a wide range of cases from the DWIs  to serious felony cases, including murder cases.  It is my hope that my experience in evaluating cases from the perspective of a prosecutor and a defense attorney enables me to give advice to my clients so as to achieve the best possible results. The firm, Gochenour [Go-ken-our] Law Firm, plc. does more than just criminal law and traffic matters, so people can come in for a free initial consultation for any legal issue.  If we can't assist, we can probably point you in the right direction.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
  3. Wills: 10%
  4. Divorce: 10%
  5. Estate Planning: 5%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Joshua Ashworth Goff

    I had the opportunity to work for Jim and observed first hand his knowledge of the law and passionate representation of clients. His experience as a prosecutor and defense attorney mean he can see both sides of every case and prepare accordingly. I highly recommend him.


    Joshua Goff Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Blake Edward Marcus

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    Blake Marcus DUI & DWI Attorney
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Contact info

Gochenour Law Firm, plc.

7 East Mellen Street
Hampton, VA, 23663


VAAuthorized to practice law198709/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerGochenour Law Firm, PLC2012 - Present
Public DefenderVirginia Indigent Defense Commission2004 - 2012
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyHampton Commonwealth's Attorney Office1994 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Virginia State Bar, Criminal Law SectionMember1987 - Present
Hampton Bar AssociationMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
College of William and MaryGovernment and International AffairsBA - Bachelor of Arts1984
Woodberry Forrestn/aDiploma1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Trial Skills BootcampTrial SkillsN/A
Trial Advocacy ProgramTrial AdvocacyN/A