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James Stanton Abrenio

Domestic violence Attorney at Fairfax, VA

5.0   122 reviews

Licensed for 14 years

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As Owner of Abrenio Law, I'm a Northern Virginia Trial Attorney practicing Criminal Defense and Personal Injury.  On the Personal Injury side, I handle all types of injury cases including orthopedic issues, traumatic brain injuries, and wrongful death.  On the Criminal Defense side, I handle primarily complex criminal charges to include DUI, domestic violence, and other serious charges.  My passion is fighting for the "underdog." 

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Licensed for 14 years
State VA
Status Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 2008
Updated 10/01/2022

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Abrenio Law
11325 Random Hills Road, Suite 360
Fairfax, VA, 22030

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Posted by John Doe | March 12, 2013
Diligent and earnest !
James defended me in a criminal matter, and did an excellent job. He was diligent and earnest, as well as professional and knowledgeable. Most importantly, he understood the nuts and bolts of how the system works, and explained it in great detail to enable me to make an informed decision. His trial skills were excellent, and his preparation was outstanding. Most important to me, he is confident enough in his own skill to pursue your best interest without regard to his own interest. After the prosecutor in our case made us an offer, he brought a colleague of his into our discussions to provide me a quick "second opinion." Most attorneys would never do that and risk being undercut by another attorney, but James had the confidence and self-assurance to do what was best for me, and not what was easiest for him.
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Posted by Rebecca | June 16, 2012
Simply Brilliant....I Would Most Definitely Reccomend Monsieur Abrenio to Anyone Seeking Legal Aid..
First off, I would like to thank Monsieur Abrenio for the outstanding amount of time and effort he put into the management of my case. It is rare to find attorneys these days that are so dedicated to their clients--and not only dedicated, but effective, informed, and truly passionate about what they are doing. His continuous support and brilliant approach to my situation quite literally saved my life. By comparison, several former alledgedly 'high powered' attorneys I had previously hired accomplished little more than draining my bank account. In conclusion, it has been a privilege working with Monsieur Abrenio, and should I (or any of my family members/friends)ever require legal counsel in the future, he is beyond a doubt the first person I would contact. ~Rebecca H.H.
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Posted by Shoshanna | November 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely Trustworthy, Honest & Compassionate
Don’t hesitate to hire James for your personal injury needs. He was professional, knowledgeable, kind, considerate, helpful and compassionate, from the very first day we talked. Abrenio Law Firm is an outstanding law firm that will represent you very professionally and look at things through your eyes and from your standpoint. If you are hesitant or wondering who you should go with, look no further and just give James a call. You definitely won’t regret it! Thank you James (and Sharon) for all your hard work, time, effort and knowledge when it came to my son’s accident case. We really appreciate you!
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Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2022
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Highly Recommended
James came to me highly recommended and proved to be nothing but the best. He was responsive at all times, helpful with all questions and professional throughout my legal matters. James was able to get me the best possible outcome for my legal case and I cannot recommend a better lawyer or person than James.
Posted by Brenda | July 22, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional, Polite and Knowledgeable
Mr. James Abrenio was always professional and knowledgeable. Never once did he make us feel like our question(s) were silly. He always provided us with his professional advice. We were extremely impressed with his timely responses and his honesty. We highly recommend Mr. Abrenio for your legal needs. He also has a wonderful staff!
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Posted by Dan | May 29, 2022
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Excellent Lawyer
James helped me in stressful case. He explained details, legal implications, possible outcomes, and provided frequent updates. James provide good representation that cares about your outcome. I highly recommend him and wish him a successful future in his practice.
Posted by Srini | April 28, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent service
Very professional, kind and helpful. Always shares case updates. Educate clients, provides timely suggestions
Posted by Megan | April 21, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thoughtful, considerate, clear and helpful guidance and advice
A long time trusted friend in Virginia referred us to James for a consultation about the Protective Order process. I felt very confident with my friend's referral as she emphasized not only his ability with legal matters, but that he operates ethically and holds himself to a high standard. James provided a consultation at no charge and gave us clear, thoughtful and actionable guidance for us to navigate this process. Truly worth your consideration for representation.
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Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Very Pleased with Results!
James really knows his stuff. I hired him for a criminal defense matter. The results were way better than I could have imagined - his thorough work resulted in prosecutor dropping the charge and we never went to trial. So, without a doubt, I do recommend James Abrenio.
Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above and beyond
I hired Mr. Abrenio for a civil protective order case in which I was the defendant in. James did an excellent job representing me in court and fighting on my behalf. He was passionate, well executed, and extremely prepared for trial. Pre and post trial James always made himself available when things pertaining to the case came up and consistently found solutions to the problems. I was very satisfied with the representation I received from James and would highly recommend him to anyone seeing legal advice or representation for trial.
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Posted by Katie | February 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Working with James Abrenio
James guided and facilitated my settlement after I was involved in a serious MVC which left me with a lot of mobility issues. I could’ve rushed through it, but we stayed the course and ultimately I received the settlement I feel I deserved. I trust him completely.
Posted by christopher | October 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Quick dismissal of charges
A neighbor filed a noise complaint against me, the parent of a disabled adult child, for my child's noise, but did not follow the requirements for obtaining the warrant. When the prosecutor would not drop the charges, James was able to get a fast dismissal when we were before a judge who actually read the requirements of the law. James did a very thorough review of the law and considered all the possible defenses. I highly recommend this attorney!
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Posted by Mark | June 29, 2021
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Very informative and available!
Mr. Abrenio was very helpful, available and knowledgeable. I highly recommend him to anyone and everyone who is need of an outstanding attorney!!
Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Former client
James was very diligent, forthcoming, and responsive in representing me in a personal injury matter. His expertise and professionalism yielded a successful outcome. I would certainly be happy to recommend him to anyone needing a personal injury attorney.
Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Competant, Professional, an Attorney's Attorney
James Abrenio is one of the most professional and competant attorneys I have had the pleasure to meet and to handle legal matters for me. He is an attorney's attorney, knows the law as I have likewise observed him in legal education settings. Thorough and polished, he was professionally prepared at all times. He was not afraid to go to trial which is important if settlement talks fail, and always prepared for both situations. As a result he was able to address the risk factors with wisdom and applicable law that allowed me to make decisions in my cases that were informed and good. He always maintained his communications with me as a client without exception. Without hesitation I highly recommend him and have referred others to him. Serious and life changing injuries are distressing enough as events, now add the legal process on top and the situations can be compounded, but that was not my experience with Mr. Abrenio as my attorney, I really did not have to worry about his handling of my case during a very difficult time which was a true relief. Thank you Mr. Abrenio very much!
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Posted by Peter | March 2, 2021
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Thorough preparation was the key to a great outcome
Abrenio Law was referred to me from my lawyer in another matter who was leaving private practice and couldn't help me. James jumped on my issue right away. Once he understood what was going on, he offered a straightforward flat fee. He dug deep into my case. He did interviews, record requests, and trial preparation. He found key evidence I wouldn't have even known to look for. As a result of his being thoroughly ready to go to trial and win, we instead went to court and prevailed without even having to present our case. I would recommend him wholeheartedly
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Posted by Amadu | February 23, 2021
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Motor vehicle accident
James is not only a brilliant lawyer, he is also very personable. He is diligent and through, but more importantly, he brings diverging quality in his representation and service that you feel the moment you meet him - kindness towards his clients, yet a very tough lawyer. James not only represented me in a motor vehicle accident, but he guided me through out the entire process. He ensured that no detail is small not to address. He made time to reach out to me and help me innumerable ways, hence build a more stronger case. At the end, we won - James made sure justice was on our side.
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Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2021
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I recommend James Abrenio 100%
James was an outstanding lawyer. I came to him back in December recommended by another lawyer. I am grateful she recommended him, he didn’t stop working until he got the result we were looking for. I got my car back, which was unjustly seized by the police department.
Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you, Mr. Abrenio!
James Abrenio represented my family in a car accident case and we couldn't be more grateful. He was always friendly, professional, available, thorough, and answered the many questions that come with these situations. We were always kept up to date with the goings on of our case. He made us feel comfortable and heard throughout the whole process. I know he worked hard on our case and he fought just as hard for us. He's a fantastic advocate to have. We highly recommend him.
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Posted by Mandel | December 21, 2020
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Integrity counts
It’s never fun trying to find an attorney. I was referred to Abrenio Law through a friend, after speaking with James Abrenio I instantly felt I had the right guy. Mr. Abrenio took my case and kept me abreast of everything. My dealings with Mr. Abrenio were very refreshing especially to have an attorney to return phone calls. Mr. Abrenio settled my case in expectations I never imagine. I hope I will never need an attorney again but if so I know who to call.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner & Trial Attorney
  • Abrenio Law
  • 2019 - Present
  • Partner
  • Ben Glass Law
  • 2012 - 2019
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Leesburg Office of the Public Defender
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Associate Attorney
  • Greenspun, Shapiro, Davis & Leary, P.C.
  • 2008 - 2011
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Education

  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of Virginia
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Associations

  • American Association for Justice
  • General Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness of NOVA
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Associate Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Fairfax Bar Association, General District Court Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Fairfax Bar Association, J&DR Court Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Associate Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Fairfax Young Lawyer’s Association
  • Fomer Board Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Virginia Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Top Lawyers
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
  • 2022
  • Top Lawyer
  • Arlington Magazine
  • 2022
  • Top Lawyer
  • Virginia Business Elite
  • 2022
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (71)
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known and admired James for several years. He is a man of high integrity, consummate trial skills and has a zeal for representing his clients effectively and with passion. I recommend him without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James goes beyond serving his clients one-by-one, to advocating for systemic and legislative changes that will help criminal defendants, as exemplified by his role with Justice Forward Virginia. I endorse James."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is a very knowledgeable and diligent attorney, who doesn't hesitate to share his expertise. After reading one of his articles I reached out to him for advice on a matter that came across my desk, . He gave me--an attorney he had never met--very detailed information, and referrals for lawyers in my community that could provide more insight into local practice. I would recommend him to anyone."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known James for several years. He is a hardworking attorney. His reputation, as a great criminal defense attorney, is well deserved, as he knows his stuff. He works with a very reputable and outstanding plaintiff's attorney in the area of personal injury and contributes significantly to the firm in their attempt to achieve good results for their clients. There is one thing you should not overlook. If you are in a lawsuit, the last thing you want to worry about is whether you can talk to your attorney or whether you want to do so. James is fun to be around. He is easy to talk to because he listens and responds to your concerns. However, he is the type of person to still be truthful in his assessment, even if it is news you do not want to hear. It is a characteristic you want in an attorney (sincere clarity). Importantly, he gives his cases 100% effort."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known James since our first year in law school. He was always hardworking, detail oriented, and thoughtful. He was also a great writer. I see that he has continued his extremely positive qualities into private practice. I will recommend James to anyone in the VA/DC area."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Abrenio is always prepared, professional, and diligently advocates for his clients. His experience in court has given him the confidence and skill to take on any case. I endorse him without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is an experienced, respected, and zealous advocate. Without reservation I endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is one of the hardest-working attorneys I know. He is professional, well-respected, and has extensive litigation experience. Not only is he a seasoned attorney, but he makes it a priority to give back to the community by volunteering and coaching youth sports. I wholeheartedly endorse James."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"If you have been charged with a crime in the Commonwealth, you want James Abrenio by your side. It goes without saying that he navigates the courtroom and adversarial process with ease, but where James really shines is his dedication to his clients. James is a fighter who takes great pride in being the gatekeeper between a government with nearly limitless resources and the average citizen. Whether it is a low-level misdemeanor or a serious felony, James fights for and alongside his clients to protect their rights, ensuring the government has not overstepped its bounds and working tirelessly toward the right outcome. James is one of those rare attorneys who actually loves being an attorney and fighting against injustice. That is probably what makes him so inspiring at his profession. I endorse this attorney without reservation. He is an asset to the legal community and a boon to his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a very talented and smart lawyer. He is thoughtful and considerate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is one of the hardest working attorneys I have ever had the pleasure to know. I have observed him as a co-worker and a fellow lawyer in the community. He treats every client as his most important, and each case as a new challenge. While fighting for his clients, he maintains the respect of both fellow defense attorneys and prosecutors. I highly endorse James."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Mr. Abrenio in the Public Defender's Office and find him to be an extremely capable, meticulous, and well-prepared attorney. He cares a great deal about his clients and the outcome of their cases. I would highly recommend his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James has been an outstanding advocate for his criminal and dui clients. He is qualified to get the job done and professionally I recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is an extremely knowledgeable attorney who is always fighting for his clients. He is very approachable and a zealous advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is one of the most motivated and diligent attorneys with an intellectual curiosity that sets him apart from the average competent attorney. He is not only knowledgeable and skilled in criminal defense and personal injury, but also has a personal drive to attain the best result for his clients. James works late nights and weekends to ensure he gets things done the right way. His dedication is truly a gift. I highly recommend him!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is an incredibly passionate advocate for his clients. He is a diligent and hardworking attorney who has also served as a mentor for some of my own cases. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James as a skilled personal injury, criminal defense and DUI/traffic attorney. He is professional and respected by other lawyers. I give him my highest endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When it comes to attention to detail, preparation and effort, there are not many lawyers who rival James. He is knowledgeable and well-respected in the legal community. I highly recommend James."
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