Skip to main content


Not yet reviewed

About me

Kristen attended the University of
Oregon, where she studied Political Science and Economics. It was there
that she began to develop her passion for social justice. Kristen
worked on local and national political campaigns receiving first-page
coverage in The New York Times for her volunteer work. After she
graduated in 2005, Kristen spent a year volunteering with the Child
Advocacy Center in Eugene, Oregon. There she worked closely with police
and prosecutors to assist families with children involved in serious
court cases, and advocated on the behalf of those children. 

Kristen attended the College of
William & Mary School of Law on a partial scholarship, and was a
professor's research assistant on the issues of commercial law and
first amendment freedoms. She studied legal research and writing under
the tutelage of the Commonwealth Attorney for James City County and the
City of Williamsburg.  

During her tenure at William &
Mary, her article concering the issue of false statements made during
voire dire of jury trials was published in the 17th Volume of the
William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal. Kristen was elected to the
position of Executive Editor of the same journal, where she read and
edited articles on the cutting edge of constitutional theory, written
by some of the brightest legal scholars in our country. Even during law
school Kristen continued her ethic of service to the young people of
her community, volunteering 10 hours per week to read to students at a
local elementary school. 

While most of her colleagues were
still learning from textbooks, Kristen was gaining hands-on criminal
defense experience by trying real cases. During her time as a Law Clerk
at the Alexandria Public Defender's Office, Kristen was the lead
attorney for a variety of cases, and took several of them to trial. She
also worked as the lead attorney on cases involving juveniles
accused of various crimes. In Alexandria, and during her time at both
the Norfolk and Hampton Public Defenders, Kristen was involved in every
stage of criminal cases. She has assisted with pre-trial
investigations, trial preparation and strategy, and appeals to both the
Virginia Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. As a result, Kristen is
well-versed in the recent trial techniques and constitutional theories.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. Juvenile: 30%
  3. Family: 20%



Hourly ($100-200/hour), Fixed (always), Retainer (always), Free consultation (120 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

5 total 

Are you an attorney? Endorse this lawyer

  • Sudeep Bose

    If one looks for the word "tenacious" in any thesaurus, one would likely find "Ms. Kristen Clardy." She is always prepared and her clients hold her in high esteem. She is able to work with prosecutors effectively and does so with flair.


    Sudeep Bose Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Garrett Douglas Green

    Kristen is quickly making a name for herself in Northern Virginia as a capable and talented attorney. I gladly endorse her.


    Garrett Green Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

10627 Jones Street
Suite 201B
Fairfax, VA, 22030

1001 19th Street North
Arlington, VA, 22209



VAAuthorized to practice law200903/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Kristen D. Clardy2009 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Alexandria Bar AssociationN/A2009 - Present
Virginia State BarN/A2009 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Commonwealth v. K.S.Conviction overturned on appeal
See all legal cases 
Publication nameTitleDate
William and Mary Bill of Rights JournalConfusion and Inconsistency in Handling Juror Misconduct: A New Proposal2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William & Mary Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
University of OregonN/ABS - Bachelor of Science2005