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Gerald Douglas Arrington

Gerald Douglas Arrington

  • Criminal Law, Divorce, Domestic Violence ...
  • Virginia
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Since 2004, Attorney Gerald Arrington has practiced extensively, and nearly exclusively, as a trial lawyer. He primarily focuses his practice on criminal defense, personal injury law, and family law. He has handled cases at all levels of the Virginia court system, including appeals before the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of Virginia.

For more than a decade, he prosecuted the most heinous and serious crimes on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Now he turns that invaluable experience to work for you as a zealous hard-hitting advocate for your rights. Having won hundreds of cases before judges and juries in Circuit, General District, and Juvenile & Domestic Relations Courts in Virginia, Mr. Arrington knows what it takes to win— extensive trial experience, tireless dedication, thorough preparation, and open lines of client communication.

Prior to his nearly 20 years of practicing law, Mr. Arrington was born and raised in Southwest Virginia He graduated 5th in his class in law school where he earned a number of prestigious awards, including recognitional as the student in his Trial Advocacy, Virginia Practice and Procedure and Remedies classes.

After law school, he served the Commonwealth of Virginia as an aggressive criminal prosecutor where he “cut his teeth” prosecuting traffic tickets and DUIs before moving on to prosecuting drug crimes and serious violent crimes such as murder, arson, domestic violence, and malicious wounding.

In 2008, Arrington founded and operated a successful private practice focusing on criminal defense, family law, and personal injury cases. As a private practitioner, he successfully litigated hundreds of cases in the district, circuit, and appellate courts of Virginia. He held a superb trial record and obtained numerous acquittals, including a sexual ass

Appalachian School of Law
J.D. | Law Degree
Honors: Graduated Magna Cum Laude (Top 5% of class) Top Student Award: Virginia Practice and Procedure, Trial Advocacy, and Remedies Associated Editor, Appalachian Journal of Law
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University of Virginia
B.A. | Government / Pre-Law
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Professional Experience
Elected Commonwealth's Attorney
Buchanan County Commonwealth Attorney's Office
Elected in 2011, and re-elected again in 2015 and 2019, as the county’s chief prosecutor. Responsible for all aspects of the operation and management of the office. • Lead counsel in all murder and most of the violent crimes including robbery, rape, and vehicular manslaughter. • 100% conviction rate in murder cases. • 90%+ conviction rate in all jury trials as lead counsel. • Prepared press releases to the media and responded to interview requests. • Responsible for managing $1M budget and the supervision of four attorneys and numerous support staff. • Created and/or implemented multiple community outreach programs, including substance abuse education and prevention programs in our school system. • Expanded our Drug Court program, and created the Community Service Diversion Program for non-violent offenders.
Founding Member and Attorney
Arrington Law Office
Founded and operated a very successful private practice focusing on criminal defense, family law, and personal injury cases. • Successfully litigated hundreds of cases in the district, circuit, and appellate courts of Virginia. • Defended indigent clients charged with first degree murder, sexual assault, narcotics distribution, and other serious felonies. • Superb record of obtaining favorable results in jury trials, sentencing hearings, and plea negotiations. • Successfully litigated contested divorces, child custody disputes, and advised clients on other family law matters. • Negotiated favorable personal injury settlements for clients injured in automobile accidents. • Management responsibilities included creating a business plan, securing funding, calculating income predictions, developing operating budgets, creating advertising plans, negotiating vendor contracts, and financial oversight. • Performed all title work and closings for a 40+ parcel highway project for VDOT
Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney
Buchanan County Commonwealth Attorney's Office
Assisted the elected C.A. with office and staff management, and prosecuted criminal cases from arraignment to conclusion. • Acted as lead counsel in numerous jury trials. • “Second Chaired” homicide and other serious criminal trials. • 90%+ conviction rate in all jury trials as lead counsel.
Law Professor
Appalachian School of Law
• Taught students how to perform thorough legal research using both written materials and online services (Lexis & Westlaw). • Lectured students on the basics of legal writing and on the substantive areas of law related to the students’ assignments. • Created all course materials and focused the course on the preparation of legal research memoranda, motions and supporting briefs, and letters to the court, clients, and other attorneys.
Hancock and Skinner PC
Frist year associate attorney for a law firm that defended insurance companies in personal injury claims and also represented plaintiffs in various types of personal injury cases. • Negotiated settlements in personal injury claims, prepared discovery requests and responses, took depositions, and litigated pre-trial motions. • Represented small businesses in various types of civil litigation.
Speaking Engagements
Panel Member for Law Office Management Session, Law Office Management, Grundy, VA, United States
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Ethics in Practice Panel, Ethics Panel, Grundy, VA, United States
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Recognition for Service and Dedication to Protecting Virginians
Virginia Association of Commonwealth's Attorney
I was recognized for my 12 years as an elected Commonwealth's Attorney and my 7+ years of service on the Board of Directors for the Association that serves to enact commonsense criminal justice measures
Resolution and Statewide Recognition
Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries
I was recognized by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries for my successful prosecution of several poaching cases, including the illegal taking of an Elk that was part of a re-introduction program in Buchanan County
Commander’s Award
American Legion John Ratliffs Post
I was awarded the highest honor by the local post of the American Legion as a result of my successful prosecution of a 6 figure embezzlement case.
Remedies - Top Student honors
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Top Student in my class in Remedies
Virginia Practice and Procedure - Top Student honors
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Placed first in my class in the course of Virginia Civil Practice and Procedure (essential the practice of Virginia civil law)
Trial Advocacy - Top Student Honors
Appalachian State University
Placed first in my class in the course of Trial Advocacy (trying a case to a mock jury)
Professional Associations
Virginia State Bar
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
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  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights , Victims Rights
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Formation
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Additional Practice Area
  • General Civil
  • English: Spoken, Written
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Contact & Map
1139 Plaza Dr
Suite E (Next to Pizza Plus)
Grundy, VA 24614
Telephone: (276) 935-9019
Fax: (276) 900-9035
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Office hours depend on my court schedule. Please call or email for an appointment.