Mr. La Fratta concentrates his practice on criminal, family, immigration, and traffic law.
Mr. La Fratta is a successful criminal defense attorney who has handled over 1,300 criminal matters in his career. Mr. La Fratta's representation extends to all levels of criminal offenses, including misdemeanors, felonies, and traffic matters, and ranges from DUI and Reckless Driving charges to Burglary, Rape, and Arson prosecutions. Furthermore, Mr. La Fratta employs his immigration experience to educate his criminal law clients about the potential immigration consequences of their convictions.
Mr. La Fratta's immigration practice includes, but is not limited to, assisting clients seeking to enter the United States on family-based and employment-based immigrant visas. He handles immigration petitions for clients across the Untied States and Canada, as well as businesses and families around the world.
At the University of Richmond School of Law, Mr. La Fratta was a leader and voice of the student body as Vice President of the Student Bar Association, and was a prominent member of the Trial Advocacy Board. He was also a member of the International Law Society.
Mr. La Fratta also studied at Webster University in Geneva, Switzerland, the University of Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain, and earned his BA in Political Science at North Carolina State University, where he took a particular interest in International Business.
While living in Geneva, Mr. La Fratta worked at the U.S. Embassy to the United Nations, and at the World Health Organization, where he contributed to writing "T.E.A.C.H.-V.I.P. II," a training manual for national governments to educate their authorities on violence and injury prevention.
Mr. La Fratta has spent significant time abroad learning about various cultures through travel in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Central America. In addition to English, he speaks French and some Spanish.
English, French, Spanish
|VA||Authorized to Practice Law||2011||07/02/2022|
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Best Lawyer - Style Weekly Readers’ Choice Winner 2018||Style Weekly||2018|
|Top 100||The National Trial Lawyers||2018|
|Best Lawyer - Style Weekly Readers’ Choice Winner||Style Weekly||2017|
|Best of Richmond - Readers' Choice||Style Weekly||2017|
|Top 40 Lawyers Under 40||American Society of Legal Advocates||2017|
|10 Best for Client Satisfaction||American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys||2017|
|Top 10 Under 40||National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys||2016|
|10 Best for Client Satisfaction||American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys||2016|
|Top 40 Under 40||The National Trial Lawyers||2016|
|Partner||Main Street Law Office||2012 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association (DC chapter)||Member||2015 - Present|
|Richmond Criminal Bar Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|The Greater Richmond Criminal Bar Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|Virginia State Bar||Member||2011 - Present|
|Virginia Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|World Health Organization's Training, Educating and Advancing Collaboration in Health on Violence and Injury Prevention - Contributor||World Health Organization's T.E.A.C.H. - V.I.P II||2012|
|University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2011|
|Virginia Commonwealth University||Health Sciences Certificate||2007|
|North Carolina State University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2006|
|International School of Geneva||N/A|
|The King's School Tynemouth||N/A|
|University of Richmond School of Law||Negotiating Plea Deals||2017|
|University of Richmond School of Law - Law Skills||Criminal Defense and Guardian ad litem work in Virginia||2017|
|UR School of Law - Law Skills||Criminal Defense in Richmond, Virginia||2016|
|UR School of Law - Law Skills||The Profession of Criminal Defense||2016|
|UR School of Law - Law Skills||Hanging Out Your Shingle||2015|
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|Commonwealth v. Hawkins|
|Jones v. Graham|
|Commonwealth v. Cain|
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