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, 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. 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.
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!
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.
- 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
- Member Virginia State Bar, 1982
- Member Florida State Bar, 1983
- Member Utah State Bar, 2012
He has been dedicated to effectively representing people in the same office
here at 1023 Laskin Road for over 25 years.
Call our firm at (757) 785-0201 if you need some advice or representation. We are available 24/7 to all
of our clients.