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Fernando Villarroel

Criminal defense Attorney

5.0   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2013
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Posted by anonymous | November 14, 2017
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Best attorney I’ve ever had
Best lawyer I’ve ever had. Got my off 2 possession with attempt to distribute cases, with nothing on my record after both cases. No other lawyer would’ve helped me as much as him.
Posted by Paul | June 28, 2017
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Compassionate, Competent, and Savvy
We hired Mr. Villaroel, but got the entire Livesay and Myers team for defense of a serious criminal charge. We were impressed that Mr. Villaroel was not bound by "normal business hours", meeting with our family member at the jail on that first Sunday, then staying in contact with him at the jail as he worked tirelessly to obtain bond for him. With bond secured, he mapped out our strategy to protect our rights, while researching and gathering experts to help us from inside and outside his law firm. Ms. Hirsch, his paralegal and collaborator, helped us find the right outside professionals and handled our many questions promptly and thoughtfully. Mr. Villaroel examined evidence, communicated with prosecutors, and skillfully advised us as to what we could hope for, as well as what we could expect. It was always clear that Mr. Villaroel and Ms. Hirsch brought their considerable experience to the matter, as well as all the experience of all the Livesay and Myers staff. We obtained the best result we could hope for. We feel Mr. Villaroel was able to communicate our situation both inside the courtroom and in conference with prosecutors to assure that the charges were appropriate to the actual offense, and that the sanctions fit the situation. We are extremely fortunate to have had the services of Fernando, Hannah, and the entire Livesay and Myers staff to help us through a difficult process.
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Posted by Ray | February 22, 2017
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Thanks for your dedication!
Fernando and Hannah were both professional and dedicated to helping me in every way possible. The information they provided and their suggestions proved to be invaluable in my case.
Posted by Andrew | February 13, 2017
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Reckless Driving - Dismissed
Fernando, Hannah, and the entire team at Livesay & Myers did an excellent job representing me in court, and I am eternally grateful for their diligent work in and out of the courtroom. Having dealt with a few attorneys in the past and having a handful of courtroom experiences under my belt, I was wowed by Fernando and Hannah's work ethic and professionalism. Truly a great firm with a wonderful legal team. At first, I was on the fence when deciding whether to have an attorney represent me for my upcoming court case, but after a complimentary 30 minute consultation with Fernando, I knew that he was the guy for the job. Sure enough, he was well worth the price -- the cost of hiring him and his team dwarfed the fines and fees that I would've had to pay if I was found guilty. His calm and composed demeanor really shined in court, and he epitomized professionalism throughout the whole process. I honestly couldn't believe it when he was able to get my charges dismissed. Beforehand, at best, I thought he might get the charges reduced since this was my second reckless driving charge and I had another offense on my driving record. Thanks to Fernando, my criminal record is still clean, and nothing new has been added to my driving record. The guy was a miracle worker for me. Hannah, the paralegal that worked with me, was prompt, professional, and very accommodating. She provided me with all the information I asked for, and really went out of her way to make sure that I was in the loop and had all the necessary information leading up to my court date. She also followed up after the case was dismissed, so I was confident that there were no loose ends that needed to be tied up. At the very least, if you're considering hiring a criminal attorney in Prince William, give Fernando a call. It was surely worth it for me.
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Posted by anonymous | November 30, 2016
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Dismissed
Mr.Fernando was an excellent lawyer he gave us all the details of the case and what's going to happen ,he also didn't polish things like most lawyers do. He was very honest and told us of the fact that might appear.his staff is beyond beyond incredible,mrs hannah was always on time on emailing and keeping up with requests. The case was child neglect.
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Posted by Peter | August 23, 2016
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Mr. Villarroel & Hannah Hirsch Rock!
Mr. Villarroell, ably assisted by Hannah Hirsch, provided top notch legal representation and advice for me recently on a serious traffic violation. Mr. Villarroell was successful and achieved a positive outcome for me,. He was professional, efficient, and a pleasure to work with, while Hannah also provided excellent service. I give Mr. Villarroel my strongest recommendation.
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Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2016
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Fairfax County General District Court
Fernando Villarroel represented me in Court. The approximate three months it took to resolve my case was a very difficult time for me related to issues before the Court and in my personal life. Fernando was great. His calm demeanor and professionalism gave me assurance that I was in good hands. My trust in him allowed me to focus on my private life issues. My court case was resolved on August 12th. I was overjoyed with the outcome. I now am able to get on with the rest of my life thanks to Fernando. I hold him in high regard and would recommend him to anyone in need of an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2016
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Reckless Driving
Mr. Villarroel and Miss Hirsch provided excellent legal counsel; I was impressed with their services and would recommend them to others seeking counsel for a reckless driving conviction in Prince William County. Thanks to their efforts and guidance, my case was dismissed pending successful completion of a simple driver improvement course.
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Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2016
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Amazing Results
Mr. Villarroel was able to take on my case with very short notice. I had been charged with reckless driving, and he was able to get it reduced to speeding--a HUGE improvement!
Posted by Karen | July 19, 2016
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Fernando went above and beyond as did Hannah
I had a very difficult situation/case in which other known lawyers refused to take. Fernando was honest with me from the very beginning and he nor Hannah ever gave me false hope. They did give me their undivided attention and time all the way up to the morning of my court appearance. I was so afraid as I was at risk of losing my career, retirement plan, and health insurance. Hannah always responded immediately to all my calls and emails. Fernando also gave his time to talk with me over the phone as I live 1 hour and 15 minutes away from where I received the speeding ticket. They even told me I didn't have to appear as they were representing me! I chose to appear and I am glad not only because of the outcome but because I was able to meet Feenando who inspired me with his story as to why he is a defense lawyer. If you want someone who will truly fight for you then this is who you should call and hire! I asked for his business cards as we parted so that I may help any friends, family, co-workers, and employees by referring them to this Law firm!
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Posted by Michael | July 13, 2016
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Great lawyer
Brought a possession charge down to virtually nothing. Kept in touch frequently, presented many options in terms of how he could defend me in court, and in the end came through and got the desired outcome. Great person great lawyer
Posted by Sue | June 29, 2016
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Thank you Mr. Villarroel!
Having lived in Virginia twice since 1997, I was unaware that speeding can warrant a reckless driving charge, which is a criminal offense in Virginia, rather than a traffic violation. Mr. Villarroel assisted me with my case and rather than receiving jail time or an exceedingly high fine, my criminal charge of reckless driving was reduced to speeding. I don't deny that I was speeding, but I was not doing it knowingly, as I was on a road where I was unaware of the posted speed limit, given that I had not seen a sign. I thank both Fernando Villarroel and Hannah Hirsch for all of their assistance with my case.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Livesay & Myers, P.C.
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Associate
  • Law Offices of Nader Hasan, P.C.
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Circuit Court of Arlington County
  • 2012 - 2013

Education

  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • George Mason University
  • B.A.
  • 2008

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Alexandria Assault and Battery
  • Not Guilty

Associations

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2017 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Prince William County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2015 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia
  • Vice President
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia
  • Secretary
  • 2015 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys in Virginia
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • 2016 Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • GMU Vision Award for Leadership
  • George Mason University
  • 2012
  • GMU Vision Award for Academic Excellence
  • George Mason University
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (4)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Fernando is as calm and cool as an attorney should be. Mr. Villarroel is one of the most articulate and skilled attorneys I know. I've witnessed him interacting with clients and engaging in thoughtful discussions with the prosecutor and making sound arguments in front of judges. On top of his legal acumen, he is one of the most respected and helpful attorneys I've come across. I endorse Mr. Villarroel as an expert in defending his clients with the utmost professionalism and vigor you can expect from an experienced lawyer who knows the all the tricks of the trade."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"A great advocate! Calm and reasoned under pressure, a great communicator, and extremely knowledgeable in the area of criminal defense. I highly recommend Fernando."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Villarroel is a very knowledgeable and tenacious criminal law attorney. He dedicates himself to every case and will do his very best for his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend him for any criminal law matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Villarroel is an aggressive advocate for his clients in the courtroom and compassionate outside of the courtroom. I highly endorse Mr. Villarroel for his knowledge in the area of criminal law."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly endorse Fernando Villarroel for his knowledge of criminal law and compassion for his clients. Mr. Villarroel is comfortable in the courtroom and meticulous in his preparation. He is an excellent criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"Fernando is a dedicated advocate for his clients. He has a strong handle on the law and has a lot of experience in court. I give Fernando my highest endorsement."
Unknown Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly endorse Mr. Villarroel. He is an exceptional criminal law attorney and works extremely hard for his clients. I would recommend him to anyone seeking a criminal law attorney in Northern Virginia."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly recommend Mr. Villarroel. He is hard working, extremely knowledgeable, and provides excellent representation for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I'm happy to endorse Mr. Villarroel in the area of Criminal Defense. He is an experienced advocate who has worked in a wide array of criminal matters. His bilingual language skills (Spanish/English) are of tremendous benefit to the immigrant population as well."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Fernando is an excellent attorney and will continue to vigorously defend the rights of his clients. I give him my highest endorsement and would recommend him to anyone seeking legal counsel for criminal issues."
Family Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Fernando Villarroel is an excellent attorney with solid experience practicing criminal law in Northern Virginia. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone in need of a criminal law attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Villarroel is an excellent attorney who works hard to achieve the best possible outcome for each of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Fernando is an excellent attorney with tremendous experience in some of the toughest jurisdictions in Northern Virginia. He maintains excellent relationships with judges, prosecutors and fellow defense attorneys, but keeps his clients' interests as his top priority."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Fernando Villarroel is a skilled and dedicated criminal defense attorney. I highly recommend Fernando to anyone facing felony or misdemeanor charges in Prince William County or Northern Virginia."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"An outstanding criminal defense attorney, Mr. Villarroel receives my highest possible endorsement."
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Fernando Villarroel
Criminal defense Attorney
Licensed for 10 years