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David Leonard Heilberg

Criminal defense Attorney at Charlottesville, VA

5.0   2 reviews

Licensed for 43 years

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  1. Criminal defense
    45%
    Mr. Heilberg has more than 30 years of experience, principally as a trial attorney. Mr. Heilberg started his private law practice in Charlottesville in 1982 after working for three years as a prosecutor. He travels throughout Central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley handling criminal trials, civil trials and appeals in both the state and federal courts. He has tried more than 100 cases to juries, including capital murder charges.

    44 years, 5,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    15%
    Mr. Heilberg frequently handles alcohol related and other traffic offenses in courts within a 60 miles distance in every direction around Charlottesville.

    44 years

  3. Drug Crime
    15%

  4. Sex crime
    15%

  5. Violent crime
    10%
    Mr. Heilberg has both prosecuted and defended murder, rape, robbery, felonious assault, abduction and other serious felonies including capital murder charges.

    44 years

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• Criminal Law

• Personal Injury
• Traffic Law and DUI

​MR. HEILBERG is practicing into his fifth decade helping clients throughout central Virginia with assistance in criminal defense, personal injury and other matters. Mr. Heilberg has tried cases before a jury on over 100 occasions. He has advocated on behalf of individuals facing charges including capital murder, driving under the influence, assualt and white-collar crimes such as embezzlement and fraud.

A 1975 graduate of Union College, with a BA in political science, Mr. Heilberg was awarded his JD from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1979 before admission to practice before all Virginia courts. He was subsequently admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Virginia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to entering private practice in 1982, Mr. Heilberg spent three years as the Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. For at least the next 10 years, Mr. Heilberg was appointed as Acting Commonwealth’s Attorney to serve as a special prosecutor of certain cases in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle, Greene and Fluvanna Counties. Also, early in his private practice career, he engaged in general law practice covering many more legal subject matters.

​Fellow professionals recommended Mr. Heilberg for an AV* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell/, a 10.0 “Superb” peer review rating through Avvo and he has been selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 – 2020. He is a former President and board member of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and he has been an active participant in the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

​Mr. Heilberg handles cases in every state and federal court for a distance covering approximately 60 miles in every direction around Charlottesville.

​He taught as adjunct faculty for Trial Advocacy at the Washington & Lee School of Law. He is regularly invited to deliver presentations on criminal law topics before groups of fellow professionals as well as college and law school students. Along with Corinne Magee and Timothy Carwile, he is the co-editor of Defending Criminal Cases in Virginia (2012, 2016, 2018 and 2020 editions), a practice manual for professionals in this field, and is the author of Chapter 8: Eyewitness Identification Procedures, distributed by Virginia Continuing Legal Education publications.

In 2011 Mr. Heilberg was recognized by Superlawyers as among the top 5% of criminal defense attorneys in Virginia:

http://www.superlawyers.com/virginia/lawyer/David-L-Heilberg/c2d38ebc-8743-40a1-bccf-20e31b99c6ea.html

He has achieved the highest AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell/.

 

Licensed for 43 years
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 1979
Updated 12/27/2022

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

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David L. Heilberg

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Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best criminal law option in Charlottesville
I hired Dave from word of mouth. Dave was amazing! He lived up to all the hype, he battled for me in court and kept me out of jail. I had a distribution drug charge. I also had an informant that was wired and took video footage of our alleged transactions. Dave works miracles! I felt good throughout the entire process. I was informed via email on everything; that way I could keep records of the process and where we were. Most important I was always able to reach Dave via Phone! After my case was complete I was still in contact with Dave and he helped me close up a few loose ends I had going on even with the whole Covid-19 pandemic! Thank You Dave
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Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Against all Odds
My case was difficult in all aspects. Because of the magnitude and the location, it was draining to say the least. I lived in Ohio but the case was in tried in Virginia. I didn't know what I was going to do. I knew I was innocent but I needed a lawyer to believe I was innocent as well. My prayers were answered. I now had Mr. David Heilberg. He fought for me for over a year taking the time for travel and court appearances ensuring I had the best defense possible. While others took plea deals, I refused, which lead to my acquittal. This was a televised case with media, slander, and lies however I couldn't have asked for a more qualified, dedicated lawyer to argue my case. My life is back on track and I pleased to say I owe that to Mr. Heilberg. Thank you for all that you have done!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • David L. Heilberg, PLC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Washington and Lee School of Law
  • 2009 - Present
  • Partner
  • Dygert, Wright, Hobbs & Heilberg, PLC
  • 2005 - 2020
  • Of Counsel
  • Martin and Raynor
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Owner
  • David L. Heilberg
  • 1982 - 2004
  • Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
  • Harrisonburg and Rockingham County
  • 1979 - 1982
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Education

  • Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • Union College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975

Associations

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • President
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Treasurer, VP and President-elect
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board Member
  • 2006 - 2012
  • Charlottesville - Albemarle Criminal Bar Association
  • President
  • 1992 - 1993
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • AV peer rating
  • Lawyers.com/Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Top 5% of Virginia Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2011 - present: Super Lawyers
  • 2011

Publications

  • Defending Criminal Cases in Virginia published by the VACDL and Virginia CLE Publications
  • Co-editor of manual and author of Eyewitness Identification chapter
  • 2020
  • Defending Criminal Cases in Virginia published by the VACDL and Virginia CLE Publications
  • Co-editor of manual and author of Eyewitness Identification chapter
  • 2016
  • Defending Criminal Cases in Virginia published by the VACDL and Virginia CLE Publications
  • Co-editor of manual and author of Eyewitness Identification chapter
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

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Given (15)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is my highest honor to endorse David Heilberg. David is excellence personified in every aspect of our profession. He stands out as one of the country's best and takes time to mentor the rest of us. To say he knows the law is an understatement--he stands to challenge it. I am proud to be one of his colleagues and also one of his mentors."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer without hesitation. Dave has a reputation for not only being one of the most experienced trial lawyers in Central Virginia, but for being one of the top lawyers for those with high stakes criminal cases. Dave knows the law, he is a savvy advocate for his clients, and he is a genuine pleasure to work with."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend Dave Heilberg. He is a true criminal defense lawyer, one who cares about his clients and knows the law inside and out. Dave definitely is a “go to” guy if you are facing charges in the Charlottesville and surrounding areas."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have the highest regard for Dave Heilberg's work, and have referred numerous clients to him. He is always well prepared, and looks out for their best interests. Mr. Heilberg is also coming up with original and creative ideas in the area of criminal defense."
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Charlottesville Criminal defense Lawyer David Leonard Heilberg
David Leonard Heilberg
Criminal defense Attorney
Charlottesville, VA
Licensed for 43 years
Free Consultation