David Carlson was born and raised in Lancaster County in Virginia’s Northern Peninsula. He graduated from The University of Notre Dame in 1976. In 1980 David received his Juris Doctor Law degree from the University of Richmond and was admitted to the Virginia State Bar.
After graduation David had the Honor of serving as the Executive Assistant and Counsel to Virginia Governor John N. Dalton. At the time he was only 25, making him the youngest ever to hold that position.
In 1982 Mr. Carlson entered private practice and has devoted his time to diligently representing clients throughout the entire Commonwealth of Virginia. He is admitted to practice in all State and Federal courts in Virginia including the Eastern and Western Districts for The United States District Court, The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, as well as the United States Supreme Court.
David is an experienced aggressive trial attorney who specializes in Criminal Defense. For 34 years he has honed his courtroom skills and is always completely prepared to defend his clients’ rights. His work ethic and meticulous attention to detail and research have made him a highly sought after attorney throughout The Commonwealth of Virginia.
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|VA||Authorized to practice law||1980||03/31/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Preeminent Client Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Preeminent Client Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Client Distinction Award||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Preeminent Client Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Preeminent Client Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|Preeminent Client Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2011|
|Preeminent Client Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2010|
|Governor's Special Recognition Award||Governor John N Dalton||1982|
|Governor's Legal Excellence Award||Governor John N. Dalton||1982|
|Senior Partner||Carlson & Collier||2002 - Present|
|Partner||Esposito, Coleman & Carlson||1982 - 2002|
|Executive Counsel to Governor John N. Dalton||Virginia Court Of Appeals||1980 - 1982|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|United States Supreme Court Bar||Member||1996 - Present|
|United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit||Member||1992 - Present|
|Henrico County Bar Association||Member||1986 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia||Member||1982 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia||Member||1982 - Present|
|Virginia State Bar||Member||1980 - Present|
|Henrico County Bar Association, Admissions Committee||Co-chair||1988 - 1989|
|Richmond Criminal Bar Association||Past Co-chair||1986 - 1988|
|Richmond Criminal Bar Association||Member||1982 - 2000|
|Woman Wrongly Charged with Assault on a Police Officer||Charge Dismissed|
|Drug Charges & DUI Charge Against Man Stopped for Defective Muffler Dismissed||Charges Dropped|
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|University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1980|
|University of Notre Dame||Government||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1976|
|Henrico County||Criminal Defense in Today's Courtroom||2015|
|Weighing the Cost of Law School||Should I Read Law in Virginia||2014|
|Child Sex Abuse Cases||Taint in Child Child Sex Abuse Cases||2013|
|Trial Tactics||Sexual Abuse in Family Law Cases||2012|
|Forensic Evidence Seminar||Sex Offenders||2010|