George Holton Yates

Board Certified as a Criminal Trial Specialist

In 1997, Attorney Yates earned Board Certification by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) as a Criminal Trial Specialist. The NBTA is recognized by The American Bar Association as a certifying agency for lawyer specialization. Board Certification requires rigorous study and proof of experience, and an examination in the areas of Trial practice, Evidence, and Ethics. This certification has been renewed every 5 years, with proof of experience and high ethical reviews. Virginia does not have a system for certifying attorneys in areas of specialty.

Former Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, City of Virginia Beach

As a prosecuting attorney from 1985-1989, he has unique experience and insight into the criminal defense system that allows him to anticipate strategies and build effective defenses. Hiring a former prosecutor gives you a significant advantage, because he knows what it takes to win a case and expose the weaknesses of the other party's counsel.

Extensive Trial Experience

He has now spent the last 25 years as a criminal defense lawyer in the Greater Virginia Beach region. Attorney Yates also handles selected personal injury cases. Go to Case Histories for a representative view of some of his trials. He has appeared before judges and juries in every city and county in the Greater Virginia Beach region. He is licensed to practice in Virginia, Florida and Utah, and also regularly practices in the Federal Courts in Norfolk and Newport News.

Radio Show

On Saturdays, he is the host of a radio talk show dedicated to the law, which can be heard on WHKT 1650 am, from 2-4 on Saturdays , Eastern Time, “Justice for All.” This is something that he does to advance the cause of procedural and substantive justice reform in both Criminal and Civil Law as well as civil rights. Through this show, he is able to provide a public platform for speakers concerned about topics such as privacy issues, mass incarceration, indigent defense, racial discrimination, capital punishment terrorism, and fairness. The show also includes commentary on history, current events, and even sports. He consideres his guests to be a lot smarter than he is and learns a lot about the law from each of them and he believes that you will too!

Early Career

Attorney Yates became a member of the Virginia Bar in 1982 and took a job in Florida, where he practiced briefly before returning home to Virginia Beach in early 1984. He spent a year in private practice with former Congressman Owen Pickett’s firm before joining the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in Virginia Beach in 1985. Every former prosecutor will tell you it was his/her favorite job. His true calling was criminal defense, and so he left to start his own practice in 1989. He still calls upon those experiences as a prosecutor when he evaluates and prepares cases for trial.

He has been dedicated to effectively representing people in the same office here at 1023 Laskin Road for over 25 years. Call him at 757-785-0201 if you need some advice or representation. He is available 24/7 to all of his clients.

Accolades

  • Former Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Virginia Beach (1985-1989)
  • Board Certified as a Criminal Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy Since 1997

Bar Associations

  • Member Virginia State Bar, 1982
  • Member Florida State Bar, 1983
  • Member Utah State Bar, 2012
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NCDD National College for DUI Defense: George Holton Yates NBTA

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