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Michael Eugene Hollingsworth Jr.

Litigation Attorney at Woodbridge, VA

5.0   21 reviews

also known as Mike Hollingsworth

  • State Years
    Virginia - VA 13 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 7 years
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2017
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michael

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Mike graduated from the Catholic University Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. where his passion for litigation was quickly realized. There he focused on trial skills and evidence through both case study and competitive practice in trial and moot court competitions. Also during law school, Mike worked for a Superior Court judge in Washington, D.C. and served as a teaching assistant for the law school. Additional academic accomplishments included a civil rights scholar award for outstanding academic performance and community service, as well as a scholarship award for excellence in writing.

Mike approaches the practice of law from the client’s viewpoint and treats every case with urgency and dedication. His passion is fairness for all regardless of a person’s background or circumstances. He understands the power of the insurance companies and healthcare providers and their ability to outspend their opponents. With Mike at your side, you can rest assured that your case will get the attention it needs and the result it deserves.


Nichols Zauzig
12660 Lake Ridge Drive
Woodbridge, VA, 22192

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Posted by Demi | September 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Case Dismissal
Mr. Hollingsworth successfully accomplished the desired results for my son’s case - case dismissed. Early on he informed us of possible outcomes while trusting my son’s statement of what occurred. Dealing with the court system about a criminal case is something that was foreign to us and so surreal but Mr. Hollingsworth took good care of us and reassured us along the way. I am overjoyed of the results of my son’s case and would definitely recommend him as your counsel.
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Posted by Robin | November 13, 2018
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Mr. Hollingsworth was worth the price. He hammered in the point that needed to be hammered in and succeeded in getting the out come needed for me and my family. I would hire him again in a heartbeat.
Posted by Mary | March 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
A Real Lifesaver
We hired this law firm based on a recommendation of our friend who is also a lawyer. We needed answers in the very late night and they actually were there to help us. Mr Hollingsworth knows so many people in the area and has great rapport with everyone that problems are quickly solved. We got the help we needed late at night. He explained everything that we needed to know. He was so relaxed in court and made us all feel so much more at ease. We never worried or had any unanswered questions. Our family is really greatful for his services. It was so great to have worked with him.
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Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Thanks for the great job
Just wanted to thanks for the great job Mike did as my lawyer. With out him i would never have gotten through this. I am so grateful that i picked the right lawyer like him in such a bad situation. From the beginning mike was understanding and willing to listen my situation which gave me confident and knew he is the one who can handle my case. I was charged with misdemeanor of 8 counts in prince william county, Virginia. I was so stressed out that i will not be able to get the second chance, however mike make it happen. All my counts dissmissed, nolle presqui. Mike is honest and proffessional . i appreciate all he has done for me, i am glad that i finally can put it all behind, thanks to his legal assistance( gayna) she was very kind and helpful!!! Again, iwant to thank him and his team for doing an amazing job!!! God bless!!!
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Posted by Nicole | February 12, 2018
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Fantastic Job with my DUI Case
I hired Mr. Hollingsworth in June of 2017 to help me through my DUI charge in Prince William County. Mr. Hollingsworth and his staff were great throughout the entire process and really made sure that everything was done in my best interest. This was my first time having any legal issues and I was really worried/stressed and did not really trust the process. That said, Mr. Hollingsworth and his team did everything to satisfy all my relentless questions and also worked to really build my trust. I was not just another case number and I very much appreciated that. The outcome of my case was also fair and incorporated some personal needs that helped me to stay in school and finish my exams while I also met court requirements. Mr. Hollingsworth really fought for me but also made sure that I had realistic expectations going into every portion of the criminal process. I was very well prepared and this helped to ease any anxieties that I had. I more than appreciated his expertise and his experience level in these matters and if anything ever happens again (which I hope it does not) I would not think a second thought before I again hired Mr. Hollingsworth to represent me.
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Posted by Bill | October 20, 2017
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Underpromissed and Overdelivered!
I can't begin to say enough about Michael and the great job he did in representing my daughter over a youthful indiscretion that could have haunted her the rest of her life if it weren't for Michael. First off, Michael did an excellent job of letting us know what we were up against and was very honest in regards to the uphill battle we were facing. He clearly explained the documentation we needed to obtain in order to help explain to the court the mitigating circumstances and what steps my daughter needed to take in order to show the court that she was trying to atone for her mistake. Don't let Michael's calm, relaxed and personable demeanor fool you: he will fight very hard and relentlessly for his clients. During the 90 minutes we were in court prior to the trial, unlike other attorneys who were looking at their cell phones, Mike was in negotiations with the prosecutor, talking with the sheriff and conferring with other attorneys in order to find the best strategy to deal with the prosecutor that didn't like pleas and our fair but tough judge. In the end, we got the best possible outcome because: 1) Michael was well prepared; 2) Was able to pivot during the day of trial in order to present our case in the best possible light given the prosecutor and judge we wound up with; 3) We were prepared due to Michael's guidance. After the trial, Michael took the time to meet with my daughter to help her sort through what happened at the trial and to inform her of possible outcomes should she have any more"youthful indiscretions." Knock on wood, I hopefully will never need Michael's services again but for anyone who is facing a criminal situation who needs a calm reassuring lawyer who will be upfront and honest about the chances for success and will fight tirelessly to get the best outcome, then I would recommend Michael Hollingsworth!
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Posted by Matt | June 13, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Really has your back.
Michael and Tracy Lenox both were amazing to me when I was in fear of losing my career. They acted quickly, supported me, and did all they could to help me. Their understanding of my situation and support of me, led to my life being perfectly intact. Michael will have your back, be honest with you, and do whatever he can to protect your rights.
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Posted by Kyle | May 10, 2017
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He's the attorney you need
Mr. Hollingsworth is beyond amazing. I had just received my CDL and was in fear of loosing it. He was able to work miracles, and I only received minimal charges (community service and driving class). I highly recommend Mr. Hollingsworth to anyone who needs legal counsel, you will not regret it. Thanks for your help!!
Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2017
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Syed Rohail Hussain
He was an amazing attorney ever he dealed with my case way better then I expected. I will use him in the future if anything else happens
Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2016
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A Debt Well Deserved
Mr. Hollingsworth is an excellent defense attorney. A graduate of Columbus School of Law in Washington DC. He was my representative during my trail when I stood accused of domestic assault against a family member by the Commonwealth of Virginia. I will take a moment to say that the incident that landed me in this situation was all done with good intentions. My father has had a history of physical and physiological abuse for much of my childhood and that faithful night I was trying to defend my sister and my mother’s property when my father came home drunk. By the decree of state law that requires there to be an arrest made in a domestic violence incident I took the fall and was arrested. I discovered Mr. Hollingsworth threw Avvo and agreed to hire his services after making me a fair deal based on my age, financial, and social situation. Threw his legal connections, verbal cunning, and care for those he comes to represent. He was able to get the charge reduced to assault and dismissed with prejudice. It’s said that a good lawyer knows the law, but a great lawyer knows the judge. I later sought his services once again about two weeks later to petition for the expungement of my arrest record. The legal proceedings went smoothly and I now have a clean criminal record and can move on with my life thanks to his legal work. Michael isn’t just a skilled lawyer; he also possesses something that isn’t taught in a classroom. That even when dealing with what some would consider to be the worst acts humanity is capable of committing, most never consider what it’s like to walk in another man’s shoes. Michael believes that all people hold the possibility for redemption and that they all deserve legal representation under the law.
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Posted by Lawrence | January 21, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
If you need a shark...
...Michael Hollingsworth is the man. Michael worked on my son's criminal defense case. The final result was better than expected, but what I liked was the way he dealt with us. Straight forward and no bulls***. I prefer straight forward talkers that don't beat around the bush and tell it like it is. That's exactly what we got. I would hire him again in a minute. Hopefully, I will never need to.
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Posted by Brooke | January 20, 2016
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Best choice for representation
With my case I had 2 DUI's within 2 months in 2 separate counties. My case was not looking very good and Michael managed to work out two outcomes that I was extremely happy with. He was always very easy to communicate with and was honest and upfront about my case. I felt comfortable and confident after our first meeting that he was the right choice for my cases. He was absolutely my best choice for representation and I honestly believe my outcome would not have been so great without him.
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Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2015
Heartfelt Thanks
From the very first conversation with Michael, he was factual, honest, and caring about the situation in which my daughter was facing. His team kept us informed throughout the process and worked tirelessly to obtain the best results possible. Thank you Michael
Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2014
A pleasure working with him
I knew i needed an attorney who is familiar with the process on my case. And I will always be grateful for the help of Michael Hollingsworth. He stood beside me and fought for my case. Exactly what i'd hoped for. It was a pleasure working with him and I would recommend him to my family and friends. Thank you so much for representing in my case!
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Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2014
Satisfied Customer
I cannot say enough how happy I am with Mike's services. I was facing a misdemeanor possession charge and in quite a panic. Mike put my worries at ease; he kept me informed, answered all my questions honestly, and reviewed all my options with me. In the end, he did an excellent job in court and my charge was nolle prossed. Now he is helping me to get the charges expunged from my record. Mike is an outstanding attorney and I would recommend him to anyone!
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Posted by TW | June 9, 2014
Great lawyer
Mr. Hollingsworth defended me on two charges filed by my child's mother. I pled not guilty to both and was found not guilty of both after two trials.
Posted by Regine | March 21, 2014
Traffic Court for teenage daughter
Michael was a life saver... He was professional and kind. He treated my daughter with compassion and did an excellent job in court. I highly recommend Michael and his firm. Cannot thank him enough for a job well done!
Posted by Amber | February 26, 2014
I would definitely recommend.
About three years ago, Mr Hollingsworth had been appointed to me for several misdemeanors. At the end of the day two of them were dropped down to even smaller charges and one had been dismissed completely. Needless to say, I enjoyed working with him. Almost a year ago, I ran into him again, on much better terms. He wanted to ask me a couple questions about people I knew to help defend his client in his case. I never heard the end result, but I must say he used his resources and did all that he could to defend his client. I must say, that is pretty hard to find now and days.
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Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2014
I would hire him again in a heartbeat!
Michael is fabulous!!! I felt confident and secure with him as my lawyer. He was tough when he needed to be and helped me to set appropriate expectations regarding the legal process.
Posted by Earl | February 24, 2014
More than a Great Lawyer!
In life it is hard to find a person let alone a lawyer that has integrity and honestly cares about people. Michael has a passion for winning and the people he represents. He is well prepared when he walks into the court room and ready to fight for you. He is what other lawyers wish they could be and that is a "BEAST" in the court room, the "BEST" of the "BEST". It is because of the way he treated me from the first time I talked to him, until the end of my case with very caring love and respect. That we are friends to this day. We reap what we sow in life (Gal 6:7-8) and Michael because of the person he is and the values he stands for in life, along with his endless work ethic is why I recommend him over any other lawyer period....... His cup is always overflowing with prosperity!!!!!!!
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Nichols Zauzig
  • 2010 - Present


  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • St Mary's College of Maryland
  • B.A.
  • 2004
  • George Washington University
  • Certificate, Political Mamangement
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Michael Hollingsworth protects at-risk client from mandatory jail time
  • Client plea bargained to no-jail disposition
  • Robbery charges dismissed for man falsely accused
  • Felony robbery charged dismissed by circuit court
  • Michael Hollingsworth obtains dismissal after unconstitutional police conduct
  • The felony drug charges were dismissed by the circuit court after a motion to suppress was litigated based on 4th Amendment violations.


  • Virginia State Bar
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Top Lawyers
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
  • 2014


  • Defending Criminal Cases in Virginia
  • Constitutional & Statutory Doctrines Affecting Trial
  • 2020
  • Prince WIlliam County Bar Association
  • 2016 Legislative Updates
  • 2016
  • Prince WIlliam County Bar Association
  • 2015 Legislative Updates
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • So You're 18?
  • Student Outreach
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Hollingsworth is an excellent attorney and I highly endorse him as a criminal defense practitioner. He has a wide-breadth of knowledge, always strives to attain the best result for his clients, and he goes out of his way to help other attorneys in the community. I would recommend him to anyone facing criminal charges."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an honest and hardworking attorney who will always tell you exactly what your rights are. His passion and drive ensures that you will have a positive experience during a difficult time."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse this lawyer. I have watched him go toe-to-toe with the prosecution and fight for his clients. Not afraid to ruffle some feathers, he is well prepared, quick on his feet, and up to the challenge. I would refer my friends and family to this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Hollingsworth is a very knowledgeable attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I just learned that Mr. Hollingsworth's middle name is Eugene. Nonetheless, I wholeheartedly endorse him as an attorney. He is very smart and dedicated to fighting for his clients. Quite tall, too, if that's what you're looking for."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is very approachable, knowledgeable, and aggressive in the representation of his clients. I recommend his services to anyone needing an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Hollingsworth. In my experience I have found him to be knowledgeable and professional."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Hollingsworth is an attorney who will stand up and fight for his client. He insists on holding the Commonwealth to their burden of proof and is respected for doing so. I have had the opportunity to discuss cases with him and he has offered an insight that I didn't original consider. Happy to write this endorsement."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Michael on several cases and I have the utmost respect for him as an attorney. He is a talented trial attorney and he uses his knowledge of the rules of evidence to present a solid case for his clients. Michael is brilliant and very personable. I highly recommend him."
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