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Brian S. Szmak

Litigation Attorney at Fairfax, VA

5.0   20 reviews
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2017
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Brian

Learn Brian’s areas of practice.

Brian is approachable, easy to talk to, and friendly, all of which creates a relaxed and trusting attorney-client relationship with consistent and clear communication.

Your lawyer should be prepared to answer your questions and address your concerns. You should know what is happening in your case, and why. You should feel comfortable reaching out to your lawyer whenever you have a question or concern, and be able to have honest conversations. Your lawyer should be forthright about the realities of your case, without offering only doom-and-gloom cynicism or unwarranted promises. Brian is prepared to have those conversations with you, and to guide you through this process.

Brian is originally from central New Jersey. He moved to the DC area in 2014 for law school. He became a licensed Virginia attorney in 2017 after graduating law school, and moved into the Commonwealth shortly thereafter. Mr. Szmak’s law school experience includes work in a non-profit advocacy organization, a public interest law firm, the United States Federal Election Commission, and the United States Senate Judiciary Committee.

Prior to joining the PJI Law, Brian practiced civil litigation and criminal defense in courts throughout Northern Virginia, to include Fairfax, Arlington, Falls Church, Prince William, Loudoun, and Alexandria.

He now focuses on Civil Litigation. Mr. Szmak is admitted to practice in all Virginia courts, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA).

Education:
Saint Joseph's University, B.A
The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D Cum Laude

Location

PJI Law, PLC
3900 Jermantown Road
Suite 200
Fairfax, VA, 22030

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Reviews

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Posted by Russ | February 3, 2023
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Excellent Attorney
Brian is a very personable, detail oriented, and focused lawyer. I had met with several lawyers before meeting with Brian. Previous attorneys seemed focused on the size and worth of the estate, not my personal needs or expectations. During my original consultation with Brian, he was very thorough in gaining all the relevant information concerning estate, he asked me what my expectations were, as well as set realistic expectations of my particular case. Through the whole process Brian was always available and able to address my questions. Brian reviewed my case, and walked me through the process of minimizing my financial burden and thoroughly explained possible outcomes. During my interactions with Brian he was always professional, while also being empathetic towards my recent loss of my Mom. If you’re looking for a thorough, results driven, compassionate lawyer, I can’t recommend Brian enough, after your initial consultation I am sure you’ll agree with my assessment of Brian.
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Posted by Ursula | May 27, 2022
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Extremely Happy
I must say Attorney Szmak worked hard on my behalf, kept me informed on every step of the process. He did an outstanding job.
Posted by BA | March 10, 2022
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Restoration of Gun Rights in VA
I do not live in VA and Brian was able to have my gun rights restored in VA much faster than I expected, without me having to appear in person. He provided great tips to utilize for my own protection, should I ever be stopped, and law enforcement does not have access to updated information. He followed through to ensure my records were updated with the VSP. This was a very pleasant and easy process with Brian's help and best of all the fee was reasonable for the service provided. .
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Posted by Carl | September 1, 2021
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Hire Brian
From our very first conversation up until the end of my case Brian was an astounding and dedicated defense lawyer he maintained great communication and professionalism. Brian made no promises but made sure he was well suited for the case and made sure I was well prepared in advance. If you are needing a great defense lawyer hire Brian he will represent you to the best of his ability!!
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Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2021
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Successfully negotiated dismissal of PPO violation
Brian Szmack worked with the Commonwealth prosecutor assigned to my case to dismiss a violation of a Preliminary Protective Order. He was courteous, professional and provided frank advice for the best results.
Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2021
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Case dismissed
Brian was great to work with. From the beginning he listened, was truthful and also very helpful. He set proper expectations and was realistic with my situation. I was very concerned with my situation and what the outcome would be. I went with Brian as my attorney because I felt he had my best interests. Would recommend him to anyone else
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Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2021
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Review on Brian S. Szmak
Brian is the best criminal defense lawyer. He will not rest until his clients are fully satisfied and content with the results. He was able to help my brother out with his possession of a firearm case tremendously with no jail time. Would absolutely recommend Brian if you need an attorney. He is knowledgeable and the one you want on your side.
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Posted by Happy Clients in NoVA | May 12, 2021
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Exceptional attention to detail, and care for our case!
Brian was simply outstanding! We hired Brian for a civil matter, and from the first contact through the eventual trial he gave us the utmost care and respect, he listened carefully to our case, and he advocated staunchly for our position. He helped us successfully win the case, which was our ultimate goal. More than just getting the favorable outcome, Brian exhibited a level of attention to detail that is commendable. We sent him a ton of information, and on the day of the trial he had multiple binders with well-organized and tabbed information. He also consulted with the partners in his firm to ensure we had covered all bases before getting to the court date. Importantly, the details of our case were quite unique, and something Brian hadn't specifically handled before. That didn't deter him! Brian redoubled his efforts to ensure that he dealt with the specific details for our situation. We had consulted multiple firms and attorneys before selecting Brian. Given our experience, we recommend Brian Szmak without hesitation, he has our fullest appreciation!
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Posted by Dekhiva | May 10, 2021
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Gun restoration rights
I hired Mr Szmak for the propose of restoring my gun rights . He did a wonderful job with keeping me up to date about what exactly was going on every step of the way . I really recommend him to anybody restoring their gun rights
Posted by DM Ferguson | May 10, 2021
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Extremely professional and attentive
Mr. Szmak did an excellent job of representing me in my rights restoration case. He was an absolute pleasure to work with and he was amazingly efficient at going about taking care of the business at hand. Id highly recommend Mr Szmak to anyone looking for help.
Posted by Joe | May 6, 2021
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Excellent defense
I retained Mr. Szmak recently, and I am extremely glad I did! He worked with me closely from start to finish, gathering information about my situation, laying out defensive options, if-then scenarios which helped me mentally prepare for the hearing, and even answered some tangentially-related questions I had which he probably didn't have to help me with. I really felt like he was in my corner the entire time. The hearing itself was fast and easy. Mr. Szmak was decisive and effective in his defense, and I left a very happy person. Would definitely work with him again in the future!
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Posted by Joe | April 26, 2021
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Restoration Of Rights
I retained Brian Szmak to help me restore my rights. From the very start, I had a good feeling about Brian. I contacted the firm and Brian answered all of my questions. I made a deposit and he went to work. He is friendly, affordable, very knowledgeable, professional and honest. I highly recommend Brian and I will definitely hire him if I need him in the near future. Thank you Brian!!
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Posted by Laila | April 14, 2021
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Thank you!!
Brian and his team were responsive, personable, and professional. We felt at ease knowing that we were in good hands. Brian went above and beyond in making sure that our concerns were heard and addressed. If you're reading this and in a legal bind, I would highly recommend Brian and his team of professionals.
Posted by Jose | April 1, 2021
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Mr Jose Diego Arias
Brian was a pleasure to work with, was very helpful along the way, and a good guy to have your back.
Posted by Phil | February 12, 2021
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Great Lawyer - Sharp, Responsive
Someone filed against me regarding a matter in civil court, and I hired Brian Szmak for representation, here in Alexandria, VA. He was very thorough in letting me know what my options were, and kept me informed about my situation the whole way through. He was able to easily answer any questions I had about my case, just from his knowledge of case law, the statutes in Virginia, and the legal standards we were dealing with. There was never a point where I felt like I didn't know what was going on or what the next steps were. This matter could have honestly gone to court, and I would have been 100% confident in Brian's ability to represent me at trial. But he was able to work out an arrangement out-of-court that I was happy with, that made this whole thing go away. I was EXTREMELY pleased with the outcome. I'd highly recommend Brian for anyone who needs representation in local courts here pertaining to borderline civil-criminal matters.
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Posted by Sylvia | February 1, 2021
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Grateful and Thankful
I am extremely Satisfied with Brian's expertise with my Husbands case. He was facing 2 charges. 1 assault and 1 sexual battery. Brian was very responsive from the Beginning of this case to the End, answered all of my questions, gathered as much evidence as possible, and payed very close attention to detail. I couldn't have made a better choice on hiring an attorney to prove my husband's innocence. He really went out of his way for these very serious charges and I am so very thankful to Brian to see my husband come back home to our family. I will definitely hire him if ever needed again in the future (hopefully won't need too lol) and will recommend him to others in need of a dedicated attorney like Brian!! Oh, and the fee was reasonable and was able to work with me on payments. My family is Grateful and thankful.
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Posted by Jerome | August 3, 2020
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One of the best!
Mr. Szmak, exceeded my expectations, he was efficient and professional. He was very accessible, my case ended in success. Mr. Szmak reached out to me, more than I called him. A job well done, I definitely would recommend him to anyone who is seeking legal services. You will not be dissapointed.
Posted by Kenneth | July 27, 2020
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7 yr old judgement
Brian handled my case perfectly in a timely manner allowing me to purchase my very first home. He was absolutely perfect in every way of this case 10 out of 10 service
Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2020
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Excellent attorney
Brian guided me through a very difficult business lawsuit with sage, impersonal advice that I sorely needed. He was reasonable when everyone else was unreasonable, balanced when everyone else was being unbalanced and he was not afraid to give unpleasant advice when it was both warranted and in my best long-term interest. I cannot think of better characteristics for an attorney. I'm glad he was my attorney during this process and I want to recommend him highly. A+ rating from me and I know because I'm also an attorney.
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Posted by Madeline | July 22, 2020
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Awesome service
Brian was on point and extremely thorough. I retained his service because of a ticket that i received. He was able to get my charge dropped and guided me on what I have to do as well. Thanks so much Brian!!
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.0 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Gelber & Associates, PLLC
  • 2017 - 2020

Education

  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2017
  • Saint Joseph's University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2014

Associations

  • Virgnia Association of Criminal Defense Laywers
  • Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • Alexandria Bar Association
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Juris Doctor- Cum Laude
  • Catholic University of America
  • 2017

Publications

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (2)
Endorse Brian
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is clear from Brian's education, experience and responses on AVVO that he is a knowledgeable and capable advocate who cares about his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Szmak is a hardworking attorney that works tirelessly for his clients. He is brilliant, personable, and diligent. I highly recommend Brian Szmak!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"Brian is articulate, caring, and a fierce defender for his clients. I highly recommend Brian as a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"Brian is a highly motivated and intelligent attorney, who practices with common sense and a consistent focus on client needs. He is a great member of our team and I highly recommend him to fellow attorneys and clients who are looking for committed criminal representation."