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Jonathan Leo Phillips

Criminal defense Attorney at Fairfax, VA

5.0   16 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2008
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Former Fairfax County prosecutor, Washingtonian Top Lawyer, and seasoned trial advocate providing personal attention and guidance with a clear strategy to reaching a favorable resolution to client matters. Mr. Phillips is a partner at LefflerPhillips, which provides quality legal counsel to individuals, corporations, health care providers, judges, lawyers, and law firms; serving the Northern Virginia region in all forms of criminal, traffic, civil, and I.T. law matters.

Prior to attending law school Mr. Phillips was an I.T. consultant in both the public and private sectors. In his capacity at the Commonwealth’s office Mr. Phillips handled thousands of misdemeanors and felony cases, taking over 100 cases to jury and bench trials in Fairfax County Circuit Court. Mr. Phillips has appeared in all Northern Virginia state and federal courts, protecting clients in both criminal and civil disputes.

Awards from Washingtonian, Nothern Virginia Magazine, Super Lawyers, Fairfax Bar Association, and more. 

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Location

LefflerPhillips, PLC
10505 Judicial Drive
Suite 200
Fairfax, VA, 22030

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Posted by John | March 4, 2023
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Best Criminal Defense Attorney in Northern Virginia
I spoke with several attorneys due to a false allegations which could have jeopardized my job and livelihood. Jonathan is one of the best attorneys. He is highly intelligent and knowledgeable. After a brief conversation, he quickly understood my situation and pointed out the most important parts and provided the best resolution. He also provided plan A, B...for every possible scenario while others still didn’t catch the points or went in wrong directions. Jonathan has an excellent reputation in the legal community and courthouse. He knows the DA’s, the Court, the attorneys... which made the process run smoothly and he could predict unexpected events and prepare for the possible outcome. Exactly what he said would most likely happen, did. Jonathan cares not only about the outcome, but also the client's child, the family... He tried his best to support and protect the child.  He has gotten me the best outcome I could have ever asked for and I am very thankful he has been my lawyer! I would highly recommend him to the people who want to get the best outcome on the case.
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Posted by William | July 11, 2022
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Great Representation
Mr. Phillips helped my situation in a most professional way, but even just as important, the most favorable outcome. He treated my case with great attention and knowledge. I could not have chosen a better attorney to represent me. He was fully available for concerns or advice and potential outcomes and to every possible scenario. Best choice ever! Thanks Mr. Phillips!
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Posted by Jan | September 20, 2021
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Jonathan Phillips
We were referred to Jonathan by a friend who recommended him highly! He was very informative and answered all our questions in the initial intake meeting. He continued to get collect information and let us know where he thought our case was. On the court day he kept us informed and the outcome was positive. He did an excellent job with a excellent outcome!
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Posted by Marco | August 10, 2020
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BEST DEFENSE LAWYER FOR POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA
Massachusetts resident; So simple to work with, communicates perfectly, got the job done. Charges dropped. couldn’t have asked for a better Lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2019
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Proffesional and Highly Intelligent
Had a DUI case, Mr. Phillips did an amazing job dropping the charge. He truly knows the real deal with the law, highly intelligent and knowledgeable. I am very satisfied overall with what they did from the beginning to the end, they will be there for you. I highly recommend choosing Mr. Phillips for attorney needs.
Posted by Federal Executive | August 9, 2018
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Awesome Attorney! - Don't Look Any Further!
I was facing four serious felony charges in Fairfax County. Mr. Phillips expertise, guidance, and counsel assisted me in obtaining a very favorable outcome. He worked diligently to get the four felony charges reduced to one misdemeanor. Mr. Phillips was always prepared, organized, and so easy to contact. He helped me understand the court process and literally helped keep me sane through the entire process. If you are looking for a top notch attorney - don't look any further. You can't go wrong hiring Mr. Phillips.
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Posted by Andrew | January 4, 2018
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Professional, Compassionate, and Gets Results
I retained Mr. Phillips for a criminal defense matter. I am sorry to say that he is far from the first attorney that I have dealt with in my past, but I can say with certainty that he was the most adept and compassionate. Mr. Phillips' communication from the get-go was amazing, and I knew that I had found the right lawyer when he texted me at 9pm on a Sunday! I remained impressed the entire duration of the matter, and I feel that he was able to get me the most desirable outcome I could have hoped for. I highly recommend Jonathan Phillips.
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Posted by Gregory | July 7, 2017
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Results
A St Patrick's Day night out on the town landed me in some new digs also known as the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. After saying my goodbyes to the arresting officer, intox breathilizer that I made out with twice at the station, booking sherrif, In house photographer, guy that frisked and got fairly personal (I didn't even get his name), nurse who was really interested in how much I weighed, sweet lady who offered me a brown bag lunch, magistrates (plural - one going in, one going out), 20 of my new best friends that I had just met and realized we all had common ground, uber driver, and tow truck driver, I looked high and low for an attorney. I needed one. Much like many in this area, this incident could affect my employment and livelyhood. I contacted several lawyers not knowing whether they were good, bad, or just average. Then I contacted Jonathan Phillips. He was professional and took a good amount of time to discuss my traumatic experience and was a straight shooter with what I was up against. I liked that he was a former Fairfax County prosecutor, and knew not only the "system" but also the people. Then, before I had even put a retainer down, Mr. Phillips showed up to my arraignment to see if I had any additional questions. That's was what I needed to know that he cared about my case, and knew I had found my attorney. Now that I think about it, Mr. Phillips was the only attorney who followed up with me, and that says something to me. Throughout the whole process of my case, Mr. Phillips and/or his assistant answered all my questions timely. When push came to shove, he was willing to go to trail, but was able to negotiate the charge down to a simple traffic citation. I know each case is different according to the circumstance surrounding it, but I have full faith in Jonathan no matter what It is. I can't recommend him enough - call him. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
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Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2017
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Professional, excellent, helpful
Mr. Phillips is an excellent detailed helpful lawyer. He walked us through the case step by step and explained very patiently each step.
Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2016
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Exceptional, ethical and effective.
It is rare to find someone of Jonathan's calibre during a time of crisis at an executive level. But I did and he was a voice of assurance, reason and high moral character. He pursued a positive outcome ethically but aggressively. I cannot say enough good things.
Posted by Lauren | August 16, 2016
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Awesome!!
Although I only consulted with Mr. Phillips, he really was able to explain everything and put me at ease. I was extremely scared about my situation. He got back to me within minutes and was always a phone call or text away. I actually couldn't afford a lawyer so he showed up at the courtroom and helped me get a court appointment lawyer. I was so lost and scared but he did such a great job assuring me everything would be alright! He is a GREAT GUY!
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Posted by Riad Tellawi | March 8, 2016
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Excellent
On 10/14/15 i got a ticket for driving on suspended . I spent about 2 months looking fot a lawyer. Mr jhonathan was the only one from the ten lawyers i called who should me that he cares about my matter and he went with step by step. Today the case turn from a driving while suspended to an ice cream ticket price which is 10 $ with no points or any bad record. For the reason i was a jeuvenile and now am 18 i thanks mr jhonathan for putting his appearance in my case. He is really one of the best Lawyers at Fairfax area.
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Posted by Andre | December 2, 2015
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Jonathan Philips is awesome!
Jonathan Philips is awesome! I recently had a civil issue which could have jeopardized my job and livelihood. Needless to say, I needed great legal representation to protect myself and family. When I initially contacted Mr. Phillips, he provided a great explanation of what I was up against and the course of actions I needed to take. Unlike most attorneys, his initial consultation was free of charge. Once I decided to retain his services, he started of by attempting to reach an amicable solution with the other party involved. When they refused, he proceeded to vigorously prepare for the case. As a result of Jonathan Phillips efforts, the verdict turned out in my favor and I was able to put this horrific incident behind me. I would defiantly recommend retaining his services.
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Posted by Petar salakov | July 15, 2015
Mr Phillips exeeded my expectations.
Jonathan is smart, sharp and aggressive in the Court room. Exactly what one needs from a deffense attorney. After maliciously accused of threatening a former tenant, I was arrested and was before a judge listening to the " victim's " testimony. My deffence listened to the plaintif's accusations, stood up asked him 2 questions and case was dismissed. He pretty much knocked out the other party's testimony in 20 seconds. I did not even have to go to the stand and be cross examined by the prosecution. Jonathan knows the law to the prefection. And he will apply it to the best of your interest. Even after this lawsuit is over, he still keeps in touch and inform me about final dispositions and the paperwork I need to file in order to get my bond momey back, the expungement of my record, etc. I was very impressed by Jonathan's professionalism, expertise and the way he withstood my interest. He totally kept in touch with me throughout the whole legal problem. Kept me informed which room I will be in, what floor, what time, who the judge was. In sum, I did not feel that I was left alone confronting the commonwealth and the district attorney, even for an instant, because Mr Phillips was with me at any time I needed him. Higly recommend.
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Posted by Janice | February 8, 2014
He's Number One
JLP is the best! Professional, respectful, on top of all aspects of the case. Always pointed out all of the options and made recommendations. Walked us through it from beginning to end.
Posted by Benjamin | February 6, 2014
Best Lawyer Ever
I was pulled over and the circumstances of my arrest were some what questionable. From the beginning Jon was great because he explained everything in terms that I understood and answered questions when I had them. I was recommended him by four other people that were in the drunk tank that night I initially spent in jail! That is why I picked him. To my knowledge Jon is not only a former prosecutor, but from my experience he commands a presence in the court house. Everyone seemed to know him on some level. When he made suggestions for my particular case he explained all the outcomes that were possible and how close he thought we could get to the one that I wanted. There was simply never any B.S. I brought my mother, father, and girl friend to court every time we went and Jon was always very kind to them and even got to know them a bit. The first several times I appeared in court I was recommended to wait and I am glad that I did. In hind sight I probably should have been convicted of DWI. Jon can not perform magic, but he will give you the absolute best chance for winning your chase or getting a plea down from your original charge. For example I am one of two people that has had my charge plead down in over eight months in Fairfax County. I would leave my email and phone number so that you could contact me and I could further convince you, but the site says that I can not do that.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • LefflerPhillips, PLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Owner
  • Jonathan Phillips, PC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Assistant Commonwealth Attorney
  • Office Of The Commonwealth's Attorney
  • 2008 - 2012
  • IT Consultant
  • Acumen Solutions
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Consultant
  • Accenture, Ltd.
  • 2003 - 2005
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Education

  • Pennsylvania State University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2003

Associations

  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • United States Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • YLS Board Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • United States District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP)
  • At-Large Board Member
  • 2008 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Virginia Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2017
  • Legal Elite
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyer
  • Washingtonian Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Best Law Firms
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2015
  • President's Award
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyers
  • Washingtonian
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyers
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
  • 2014
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court-Appointed Attorney Training
  • Juvenile Criminal Representation and Ethical Considerations
  • 2018
  • McLean Bar Association
  • Virginia Farm Wineries CLE
  • 2017
  • Advanced Winery and Vineyard Law
  • Ethics Seminar
  • 2016
  • Advanced Winery and Vineyard Law
  • Winery and Vineyard Business Transactions Gone Wrong: Real-World Case Studies
  • 2016
  • Practical Tips for Using Evidence in the Courtroom CLE
  • Using Technology to Present Evidence
  • 2015
  • Law Enforcement Education
  • Polygraph Examinations and Applied Use in Prosecution
  • 2012
  • Come Kick Our Tires CLE
  • Technology in Fairfax Courtrooms
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Jonathan
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jonathan knows his way around the courthouse. He has insights into criminal defense that are on the money. When I had cases against Jonathan when he was a prosecutor, he was a human, knowing that zealous representation of our clients does not necessitate being uncivil or worse. I endorse Jonathan."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse and highly recommend Mr. Phillips for anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney. I have known Mr. Phillips as both a prosecutor and defense attorney. His experience on both sides of the practice has given him tremendous experience and knowledge, which shows in the courtroom. He is always professional, prepared, and friendly and I would not hesitate to recommend him as a legal advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had many cases with Jonathan. He is a sharp lawyer with great experience and reputation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jonathan Phillips is one of the smartest lawyers practicing criminal and traffic law in Northern Virginia. He started his career as a prosecutor in the Fairfax County Commonwealth Attorney's office where he gained much experience but also earned significant respect in the legal community for his professionalism and sense of ethics. He has a distinct ability to analyze the legal issues at hand and quickly arrive at the best resolution for the problem at hand. He distinguishes himself in his attention to basics coupled with his ability to think out of the box in order to best assists his clientele. His legal ability, wit, pleasant manner and the respect in which he is held in the legal community, well-serve his representation of clients."
White collar crime Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I fully agree with the other attorneys endorsing Jon. I've known Jon since before he started law school, and opposed him when he was a prosecutor. As a prosecutor he was always fair but also very thorough. Jon has some special skills not commonly found in a lot of trial counsel. As a computer expert, Jon has a great grasp on the scientific and math issues that will often elude many other attorneys but these skills are very important in many types of cases."
White collar crime Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I stood opposite Mr. Phillips when he began practicing as a prosecutor and now stand with him as a member of the defense bar. Throughout his career he has been unwaveringly professional, thoughtful, and fair minded. As a defense attorney, he is tireless in advocating for his clients. Mr. Phillips is approachable and well spoken, allowing him to easily work on his clients behalf against even the most tenacious prosecutors, and explain the charges and proceedings to his clients in an understandable and helpful way. I would go to Mr. Phillips for his thoughts on any question of the law, and how can you go wrong with an attorney named Jonathan?"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I first met Jon when he was a prosecutor. I always found him to be very reasonable and highly intelligent. Now, as a defense attorney, he uses that prior experience to help his clients. I highly recommend Jon to anyone needing a defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Phillips is a smart and confident trial attorney. He has a lot of experience in court and can handle almost any kind of matter. He has handled several high profile cases successfully."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jonathan is an intelligent, dedicated, hardworking and well-respected attorney. He is very compassionate and works hard to help his clients through some of the most trying times in their lives. I highly recommend his services."
Internet Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jonathan is a strong and dedicated advocate. He doesn't back down from an argument. In my opinion, he is a great lawyer!"
Unknown Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Phillips as a member of the bar and the Northern Virginia legal community. He is well respected, knowledgeable, and extremely personable. Every client is treated as important, and I not only endorse him, I would highly recommend him."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Mr. Phillips for several years. As a prosecutor he was well-respected and known for his professionalism and courtroom skills. Now, he is a valued member of the defense bar. He brings great knowledge, experience and dedication to every case."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked both across the table from Mr. Phillips when he was a prosecutor and alongside him as a defense attorney. Mr. Phillips is hard working, intelligent, and a superb trial lawyer. I would highly recommend him to any potential client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jon is a skilled attorney and very smart. I had an opportunity to work with him while he was a prosecutor. He knew how to handle himself and is very quick on his feet. The defense bar is lucky to have him, and I would recommend him highly. James Abrenio"
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Fairfax Criminal defense Lawyer Jonathan Leo Phillips
Jonathan Leo Phillips
Criminal defense Attorney
Fairfax, VA
Licensed for 15 years