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Steven Patrick Milani

Criminal defense Attorney at Rocky Mount, VA

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1988
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Jury Trials and defense of criminal charges in General District and Circuit Court

    35 years

  2. Drug Crime

  3. General practice
    Personal Injury, Real Estate, Divorce and Custody

  4. Sex crime

  5. Violent crime

Due in large part to the success of the Capital Defender offices ( no death sentences in the last 11 years) the death penalty was abolished this year and my career of 30+ years as a Public Defender and Capital Defender came to an end. As Capital Defender I led a defense team that successfully represented over 50 clients charged with capital murder none of whom received a death sentence. As a Public Defender I represented people charged with offenses ranging from trespassing to murder in both bench and jury trials. I have extensive jury trial experience, am a skilled courtroom advocate and persuasive litigator. I look forward to bringing my skills and experience to defend those who the government seeks to fine or imprison.

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Steven P. Milani, Attorney at Law, P.C.
115 East Court St.
Rocky Mount, VA, 24151


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Posted by Debbie | February 9, 2022
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Fantastic Laywer
Steven Milani, treated me with respect and dignity….. He looked at my case, really looked at my case and found something that wasn’t right and fought for me. He is a one of a kind, he wants what’s right and he’ll fight for you.
Posted by Bridget | September 28, 2021
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Criminal Defense for Protesting
I hired Steve Milani after being arrested for protesting the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Roanoke County. I was charged with three misdemeanors, but if convicted, each charge could have resulted in a $2,500 fine and a year in jail. Mr. Milani was everything you would want in an attorney. The most important thing to me was an experienced lawyer who was well versed in the law, well versed in courtroom defense procedures and a lawyer who would listen to me about the outcome I was hoping to achieve. He listened and then advised me of the best way to achieve my desires and win the case. I was impressed in court when he would stand up and make objections which the judge accepted. Mr. Milani was able to get one of my charges dropped completely and was prepared to have one thrown out before the prosecuting attorney withdrew it herself. We knew I was guilty of one charge, but I believe my punishment was reduced due to the stellar representation I had in court. I received no jail time, no probation and my fine was just a little over one third of what it could have been. Mr. Milani was easy to work with. He was organized and forthright with his opinions about my options. It helped greatly that he was compassionate and genuinely cared about what I wanted out of my day in court! I believe that I received the best possible outcome at my trial due to my excellent counsel. I highly recommend Steve Milani.
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Posted by jeff | September 8, 2021
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chef jeff
Very congenial and at the same time professional.He explained certain aspects of custody battles,as well as protective orders in regard to the situation for our son and our grandson.All went very well and we are currently enjoying visits immensely.Highly recommend him,his knowledge of the law is quite extraordinary.


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Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Steven P Milani PC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Public Defender
  • SW District of Virginia
  • 2003 - 2021
  • Public Defender
  • City Of Martinsville
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Public Defender
  • Roanoke City
  • 1990 - 2000
  • Capital Defender/Public Defender
  • Office of the Capital Defender for South West Virginia
  • 1990 - 2021
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  • George Mason University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988

Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. James Reginald Jones, II
  • Client found not guilty of Capital Murder, all other jury verdicts vacated upon hung jury on sentencing
  • Commonwealth v. Billy Ray Manns
  • Not Guilty on all charges
  • Commonwealth v. Willie James Caldwell
  • Not Guilty all charges


  • Virginia State Bar, Criminal Law Section
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - 2021

Honors and Awards

  • Bill Geimer Award
  • Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse, Washington and Lee Law School
  • 2016


  • LexisNexis publication
  • Swain vs. Commonwealth
  • 1998
  • LexisNexis publication
  • Commonwealth VS. Dennis J Lawrence
  • 1995

Speaking Engagements

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Indigent Criminal Defense advanced Skills-CLE Attendee
  • 2021
  • Virginia Continuing Legal Education
  • Supression, Road Blocks, K-9 Delays.... CLE Attended
  • 2021
  • Virginia Continuing Legal Education
  • Bodily Injury CLE Attendee
  • 2021
  • Virginia Continuing Legal Education
  • Considerations Representing Non Neurotypical Defendants- CLE Attended
  • 2021
  • Virginia State Bar
  • 20th Annual Capital Defense CLE Attendee
  • 2020
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Annual Criminal Law Seminar -CLE Attendee
  • 2020
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Criminal Law Section Meeting
  • 2017
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Annual Capital Seminar
  • 2008
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Rocky Mount Criminal defense Lawyer Steven Patrick Milani
Steven Patrick Milani
Criminal defense Attorney
Rocky Mount, VA
Licensed for 35 years