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Andrew Joseph Cornick

About me

I have devoted my career to the practice of criminal law.  From my early days in law school, when I clerked at one of the most prestigious criminal defense law firms in Richmond, to the present day.  When I graduated law school I accepted a position with that same firm — the first offer extended to a law clerk in over fourteen years.  I learned a great deal from those lawyers and enjoyed success in matters ranging from traffic infractions to serious felonies such as aggravated malicious wounding and attempted murder.  I got around, too, representing clients in the courts of over thirty Virginia jurisdictions, as well as in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Feeling the call to public service, I took a job as prosecutor for the City of Fredericksburg in 2006. During my time with the City I prosecuted nearly every imaginable type of case and I routinely advised and trained the police officers with whom I worked.  I also served as a special prosecutor in Hanover, Spotsylvania, and Stafford Counties in certain matters.  In February 2009, I completed a course of in-depth training in the prosecution of online crimes against children.  I was only one of eighty or so prosecutors selected nationwide for that course of study.

I am admitted to practice in the state courts of Virginia and in the United States District Courts of the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, as well as the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. I am a member of the Fredericksburg Area Bar Association, and serve on the Judicial Selection Committee and the By-Laws Committee.  I also serve as Chair of the Sixth District Committee of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board.

I represent defendants in criminal trials and appeals throughout Virginia.

Email me at or call me at (804) 386-2223 to discuss your case.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
  2. Violent Crime: 10%
  3. Speeding Ticket: 10%
  4. DUI & DWI: 10%
  5. Domestic Violence: 10%



Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

13 total 

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  • Tonya Nicole Gibbs

    Andy is a noteworthy criminal defense attorney. He is truly an outstanding advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I have witnessed Andy obtain amazing results for his clients in the midst of what seemed like impossible circumstances. I enthusiastically refer family, friends, and anyone in need of assistance with a criminal matter, to him without hesitation because I know they are in great hands. If you want a criminal defense attorney who truly has your back, the experience, the knowledge, the skill, and will fight for the best possible outcome for you, then Andy is it.


    Tonya Gibbs Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Mitchell Mead Wells

    I endorse this attorney. Andy has an excellent reputation for obtaining great results for his clients. I have known him for several years and regularly refer clients to him with pending criminal law related matters in the Fredericksburg area.


    Mitchell Wells Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Spencer, Meyer, Koch & Cornick, PLC

1671 Jefferson Davis Highway
Suite 201
Fredericksburg, VA, 22401


VAAuthorized to practice law200403/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2013
Certificate of Training - Trial AdvocacyCommonwealth's Attorneys' Services Council2009
Certificate of Completion - Unsafe Havens INational District Attorneys Association2009
AdmittedU.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia2005
AdmittedU.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia2005
AdmittedU.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerSpencer, Meyer, Koch & Cornick, PLC2016 - Present
Managing PartnerSpencer, Mayoras, Koch, Cornick & Meyer, PLC2013 - 2016
Managing PartnerSpencer, Mayoras, Koch & Cornick, PLC2011 - 2013
PartnerSpencer, Mayoras, Henderson & Koch, PLC2009 - 2011
Assistant Commonwealth's AttorneyCity of Fredericksburg, Virginia2006 - 2009
AssociateBoone, Beale, Cosby & Long2004 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Virginia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersTreasurer2015 - Present
University of Mary Washington Pre-Law/Mock Trial Advisory BoardBoard Member2013 - Present
Virginia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Directors2012 - Present
Rappahannock Area ASAP Policy BoardBoard of Directors2012 - Present
Virginia State Bar, Sixth District Disciplinary CommitteeChair2012 - Present
City of Fredericksburg Electoral BoardOfficer of Elections2012 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2009 - Present
Virginia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2009 - Present
Fredericksburg Area Bar Association, Bylaws CommitteeMember2007 - Present
Fredericksburg Area Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Virginia State BarMember2004 - Present
National College for DUI DefenseMember2014 - 2015
Virginia State Bar, Sixth District Disciplinary CommitteeSecretary2011 - 2012
University of Richmond School of Law Young Graduates AssociationBoard of Directors2008 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE AND DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN YOUR CASE.The Court dismissed the larceny charges on my motion. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty as to the concealed weapon charge.
CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE AND DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN YOUR CASE.The Court dismissed the DUI case on my motion, for lack of probable cause to arrest. The prosecutor then dropped the refusal charge.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Free Lance StarCharges Against Divest UMW Protestors Dropped2015
Free Lance-StarCharges Against Owners of Otter House Dropped2012
Free Lance StarWitness Faints, Mistrial Declared2010
Free Lance StarBond Granted in 20-Year-Old Molest Case2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Radford UniversityMarketingB.B.A.1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Thirty-Fifth Annual Disciplinary ConferenceAnalyzing a Disciplinary Case:The Adjudicator's Perspective2015
VACDL Mentor ProgramCriminal Defense Mentor2013
Roll Call TrainingRecent Developments in Criminal Law2009