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Virginia Winfield Greenway

Criminal defense Attorney at Austin, TX

4.6   7 reviews

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I have been practicing criminal defense exclusively since 2003.  I love to help people who have found themselves on the wrong side of the law.  I take pride in my results and in the progress I have seen so many clients make following their difficulties.  My approach is holistic--I care not only about getting the best outcome possible for each and every client, but also about my clients as human beings.  I have said many times, I do not want repeat business.  I want my clients to go on and prosper after their case is concluded.  Thankfully, most clients do just that.  And they send their friends, family, and colleagues to me when they too find themselves in trouble.  For this reason I can proudly say that my business has thrived purely by word of mouth  for over a decade.  I am grateful to be in a position to help individuals accused of crimes and plan to continue to do so for as long as I am able.  In the words of John Wesley, "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can."  I live by this and I endeavor to embody this ethos in my work.  



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Licensed for 23 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1999
Updated 02/03/2023

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The Law Office of Virginia W. Greenway, P.C.
811 Nueces St
Austin, TX, 78701-2215


4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by JC | February 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Criminal Defense Review
My wife had several tickets/collisions in the Austin area in which we needed legal counsel. Ms. Greenway agreed to represent us and then COVID pandemic hit. Throughout all the delays, Ms. Greenway was extremely professional, responsive, and understanding of our concerns. She kept us up-to-date on the process as well as counseling my wife on her legal options. We are happy to write Ms. Greenway was able to mitigate any legal issues my wife had and get her satisfactory results. I would highly recommend her for any criminal defense issues!
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Posted by George | January 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I hired Ms. Greenway for a legal matter involving a DUI charge. She came highly recommended and after meeting her I knew my case would be handled properly. Virginia was very pro-active and stayed on top of my case which consequently resulted in a positive outcome (no conviction). She remained professional during the entire process and gave realistic answers to ALL of my questions. I was never under any illusion of what the out come might be. I was however confident of what the outcome was going to be after meeting and speaking with her! I highly recommend her for ANY legal matter that is within her expertise!
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Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and compassionate
I feel like I can never fully thank Virginia for helping my family. My husband was facing some terrible charges and though we knew he was not guilty, it was a delicate case that had to run its course through the system. Virginia always spoke of hope without sugar-coating things. She always told us best and worst case scenarios. She remained positive and compassionate and due to her tireless efforts, our months of hell came to an end. I was referred to her by another attorney friend and I am thankful every day that we choose to use her. We can now go back to repairing the damage done to our family due to false claims and spend our time raising our children.
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Posted by Stephen | March 23, 2015
Finaly an attorney who truly cares
Virginia is an outstanding attorney who truly cares for her clients well being. She is a professional who understands that people make mistakes and runs off of the hope and belief that the client can and will succeed in life if given the opportunity. She speaks to her clients with intellect, confidence, compassion and assurance that she will do everything within her power and the law to obtain the best possible outcome. Virginia was court appointed as my public defender for a felony charge that I foolishly picked up at the age of 17, however, she did not represent me on the case till I was 24 . By that time I had gone through numerous public defenders who wanted nothing but to focus on their higher paid clients. She was the glimmer of hope that our justice system needs in order to become healthy, strong, and reliable. I am now 32 years old with two beautiful children and a wife that I adore. I also have a wonderful military career with two combat tours to Iraq that I can be proud of for the rest of my life. I am no longer viewed as a felon but as a successful father, husband and war veteran. Thank you Virginia for believing in me. By the way to the habitual felon who left the snide comment, it is spelled there not their, I'm sure that if you spent more time educating yourself vs committing crime you would know that.
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Posted by Rachel | September 4, 2013
Professional, compassionate, and the best choice in the worst circumstances
I employed Virginia in 2012 at basically the lowest point in my life. She was a professional through and through. She was supportive, but realistic. She made a terrible situation into a manageable one. I've never dealt with such a compassionate, yet gritty lawyer. She "know's her stuff" and is so well-like and respected by her peers, her winning results seem almost effortless. (My case dismissed!) She is a real person and treats her clients as such. I would send any friend or family member directly to her doorstep without question if the need arose. Hands down, the best criminal attorney in central texas.
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Posted by Elliott | March 5, 2013
Incredible Legal Advocate
Virginia is an incredible advocate, she got me a great deal and kept me calm and informed throughout the whole process. I came across her by chance and am incredibly lucky to have done so. She always took the time to explain my case to my and allay any fears I had about the outcome. I am incredibly grateful to Virginia and I would recommend her very highly to anyone currently experiencing legal troubles. She treats you like a person and clearly values her clients. Thank you again Virginia you were AWESOME!
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Posted by anonymous | April 16, 2014
has some exp but doesnt use it
this attorney was hired to defend me and at first she explained my severeness of my charges,and as discovery came along she insisted i was illegally searched ,and that my rights were violated. and telling me what i wanted to hear ,as the case went along she started retracting her defense,and started working on a plea deal,their were many areas she could of argued but she didnt,didnt file any motions on my behalf especially suppression motion. she charged an outrageous fee,that she did not earn she didnt stick to the case issues she was in plea mode.i didnt pay her all the fee as i feel she earned only her 6-8 trips to court,gas,and the probation hearing,as i feel i was researching the law more than she was.and this attorney gets so upset that she threatens to withdrawl on several occasions because she doesnt want to work. she seemed afraid and not knowledgeable of the laws and intimidated by the prosecution based on her fears of his reactions to file any motions, didnt file one motion. lawyers dont see any easy case and they go into running a plea mill.
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Response from Virginia Greenway March 30, 2015
I know who posted this and am not surprised. I would like to inform the public that this individual was a habitual felon which means his penalty range was 25 years to LIFE in prison. This means that best case scenario, upon conviction, he would have received a minimum of 25 years. The State's first offer was 20 years in prison. I negotiated it down to two years. He did not want to do any jail time. With his consent--because you must have the client's consent--we did an open plea. This means that we put on witnesses and made a case for probation. He would not have been eligible to receive probation from a jury. Much to the State's surprise and our relief, the judge gave this individual 5 years of probation. By any account, someone who is looking at 25-LIFE who ends up with no prison time whatsoever should be pleased. It was a great outcome and one I am very proud of. The client paid less than 1/4 of his fee and due to his later expressed anger I declined to accept his offer to pay me "what he thought I had earned." I simply wrote it off. To this day I do not understand his displeasure but I do hope the public will look at the facts and make up their own minds. This client got a great outcome, and he is with his family and able to raise his small children because of my efforts. And I sleep very well at night knowing that.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Office of Virginia W. Greenway
  • 2004 - Present


  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 1999
  • University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill
  • BA
  • 1996

Legal Cases

  • Sexual Assault
  • No Billed by a Grand Jury


  • Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
  • Board Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Past Presiding Director
  • 2006 - 2007

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Speaking Engagements

  • TCADP Annual Conference
  • Answering the Tough Questions
  • 2020

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Received (2)
Given (0)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Virginia wholeheartedly. As a family lawyer, from time to time, I need to refer a client to competent criminal defense counsel. Often this takes shape in the form of a DUI or DWI, sometimes domestic violence allegations and sometimes issues dealing with alleged child abuse or protective orders. While these areas touch family law, they are not within my specialty. It is invaluable to have respected, compassionate, skilled and wise criminal counsel on hand for clients who find themselves in crisis. Virgina is all of these things and more and I am thankful to have her as a colleague and friend. My clients who have needed her counsel have been grateful. It is without hesitation that I recommend Virginia."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Greenway is one of the top criminal defense attorneys in Austin, Texas. I know because I've had the opportunity to observe her tackle some of the toughest cases in the courthouse and deliver amazing results for her clients. Able to persuade prosecutors with tact when necessary, Ms.Greenway is also regarded as one of the top criminal litigators in our community. She is a star in this field and a personal mentor in my practice."
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Austin Criminal defense Lawyer Virginia Winfield Greenway
Virginia Winfield Greenway
Criminal defense Attorney
Austin, TX
Licensed for 23 years
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