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Frank Salvato

Criminal defense Attorney at Alexandria, VA

4.7   11 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 33 years
    Virginia - VA 33 years
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1990
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1989
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Frank

Learn Frank’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense

    34 years, 50,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI

    34 years

  3. Federal crime

    34 years

An experienced firm fighting for your rights

If you have been charged with a crime in Virginia, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. For more than 23 years, Frank Salvato has been fighting to defend the rights of our clients. He has built our reputation on getting results. We are intimately familiar with all facets of the Virginia criminal justice system, and have the knowledge and skill to make sure you understand your legal options and to guide you through the legal process.

For more than 23 years, Frank Salvato in Alexandria and Leesburg has represented clients in state and federal courts on charges ranging from minor offenses to serious felonies, including: 

  • Traffic violations
  • Assault and battery
  • Possession of drugs
  • Theft and larceny
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Arson
  • Rape
  • Homicide — murder/manslaughter
  • Domestic violence
  • White collar crime

When you have charges on your record that you want eliminated, Frank Salvato can help you get those charges sealed or expunged, or represent you in appellate court.


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Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Hands down best lawyer ever!!
Frank really is an excellent attorney. He kept me calm through the whole legal process, provided all the info I needed and was very knowledgeable and helpful the whole time. I was looking at 5-10 years and Frank did his best and in the end I received two years of probation. I recommend Frank to everyone and anyone. Hands down a super hero of a lawyer!! Extremely Greatful!! The Best!!
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Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2018
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Excellent Federal Attorney
I had a serious problem with the federal authorities. One of the biggest federal cases to come through Northern Virginia. Frank Salvato was quick to respond and with his vast knowledge of the federal system, was able to get charges dismissed after a long battle. This was not a one and done situation--my case required a lot of work and dedication. Very happy with the result. Frank was always in touch, and very creative in his approach, and kept my spirits high during a difficult time for me and my entire family.
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2018
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Fantastic lawyer! Highly recommended!
Frank was able to get both my DWI and refusal charge reduced to a reckless driving charge without going to trial. He was very knowledgeable, accommodating, easy to talk to, and very experienced. I highly recommend his services!
Posted by Daniel | March 19, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding lawyer
During my whole case, I could tell Frank was doing everything he could to help me with my case. He was very knowledgeable and always gave it to em straight. He kept on pushing and eventually got my case dismissed. I would recommend him to anyone with any traffic or criminal case.
Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
You can rely on Frank Salvato!
Mr. Salvato took my case at the last minute, and with his experience and standing in the local legal community was able to get the best results possible for me!
Posted by Ariel Sarousi | July 1, 2015
Best Attorney You Can Hope For
I contacted Mr Salvato from a google search. He was great over the phone and made me feel well taken care of. I met him in person as well to discuss my case. He was a great listener and brought up great advice. I followed through with Frank's advice and got my traffic ticket dismissed. He also helped me with another legal issue. Without Frank's help I don't know what I would do. I would recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Michael V. | November 14, 2014
I had never needed legal services before and was fortunate to locate Frank Salvato’s firm. What stood out for me (in comparison to other lawyers) in my first meeting with Mr. Salvato was his genuine concern, ability to ask precise questions to understand the case, and professional demeanor. I felt that his legal service fees were comparatively reasonable – which was relieving. I am very glad that I decided to hire him as the attorney for my case. He went about executing the legal process in a very timely and professional manner. Because of his detailed prep work and intense litigation skills, I was acquitted of the false allegation made against me. I would highly recommend Mr. Salvato’s legal services!
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2011
Highly Recommended
I often wish there were more attorneys like Frank out there. Frank does a remarkable job of balancing the traits of aggressiveness in defense, a non-judgmental attitude towards his client, along with a surprising degree of compassion towards his clients given his length of time as a lawyer. His length of time in the same area also means that he has a cordial working relationship with the attorneys on "the other side" that can be a help depending on the circumstances.
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Posted by Hudson | May 26, 2011
Great lawyer
First off Frank is not judgemental,he will make you feel comfortable and tell you where you stand and what he can and cannot do without favor or bias. He doesnt make you feel like a criminal but like a client. He is friendly,knowledgeable and result oriented.I would definitely recommend him
Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2009
Excellent attorney
Frank worked hard on my case and I got a great result. Highly recommended.
Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Did the absolute minimum
Always took a check on time, but lagged getting anywhere with the Alexandria prosecutor. As time went on, the more and more you started to hear how much his "hands were tied". Did the absolute minimum.
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AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Defense Attorney
  • Salvato Law Offices
  • 1989 - Present


  • American University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Trial Experiences
  • Acquittals & Not Guilty


  • District of Columbia Bar
  • 1990 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1990 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • 1990 - Present
  • Virginia College of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 1990 - Present
  • Alexandria Bar Association
  • 1989 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (1)
Endorse Frank
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Frank is a highly experienced attorney and a renowned litigator. He is a zealous client advocate and an excellent legal strategist. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Frank is an excellent criminal defense attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Salvato is an excellent attorney with vast experience in both State and Federal courts. He's an outstanding litigator, and combines intelligence, poise and presence in the courtroom. Mr. Salvato has handled many DUI cases, but also high-profile and capital murder cases. He also commands the respect of prosecutors and judges, and is persistent in pursuing the best outcome for his clients."
Federal crime Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the opportunity to observe him in the legal community for some years. I then had the pleasure of working beside him on a federal case with co-defendants. The trial lasted over a month and Mr. Salvato professionalism both in and out of the courtroom demonstrated that he is truly a professional with a keen knowledge of the law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Frank is the go-to lawyer for criminal defense in the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria. If you have federal criminal or traffic matter, he's the lawyer you should talk to. I endorse him 100%"
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Alexandria Criminal defense Lawyer Frank Salvato
Frank Salvato
Criminal defense Attorney
Alexandria, VA
Licensed for 33 years