Michele L. Burton

Michele L. Burton

Litigation Attorney
  • DUI & DWI, Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets ...
  • Virginia
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Name and co-founding partner Michele L. Burton was born and raised in Portsmouth, Virginia. She attended the University of Virginia where she obtained Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Anthropology. Shortly thereafter, Michele graduated from Old Dominion University with a Master of Arts in Humanities with a focus on Race and Law. In May 2012, she graduated from the College of William and Mary School of Law with a Juris Doctorate and passed the bar in October of that year.

Upon graduation, Michele worked as a magistrate in Norfolk, Virginia for two years where she conducted probable cause hearings for the issuance of arrest and search warrants, temporary detention orders for citizens going through a mental health crisis that placed themselves or others at risk, and emergency protective orders.

In early 2015, Michele embarked on a career in criminal prosecution in Portsmouth, Virginia, and handled thousands of cases including, but not limited to, homicide, malicious wounding, arson, DUI maiming, and weapons and drug offenses.

After serving in her hometown, Michele and her family moved to Loudoun County in 2021 where she served as a Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney for nearly three years. During her tenure there, Michele prosecuted several complex cases including a homicide where there was no physical evidence linking the defendant to the shooting death of a mother in her home. Using surveillance footage, geofencing, and cell site location data from the accused’s phone records, Michele learned the intricacies of the technology used by the FBI CAST Division and local law enforcement to close this difficult case.

Currently, Michele focuses her practice on criminal, traffic, family, and civil matters. A litigation powerhouse, Michele will knowledgeably and aggressively represent you in court. She strives to ensure that you are heard and that you are updated about the case every step of the way.

College of William and Mary
J.D. (2012) | Law
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Old Dominion University
M.A. (2007) | Humanities with a Focus on Race & Law
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University of Virginia
B.A. (2003) | American Politics and Cultural Anthopology
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Professional Experience
Co-Founding Partner
Clark Nelson & Burton, PLLC
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Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney
Loudoun County Commonwealth Attorney's Office
Senior Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
Portsmouth Commonwealth Attorney's Office
Professional Associations
American Bar Association
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Old Dominion Bar Association
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Loudoun County Bar Association
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Virginia State Bar  # 83707
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Virginia State Bar
ID Number: 83707
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Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Traffic Tickets
Suspended License
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
Estate Planning
Trusts, Wills
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights
Websites & Blogs
Clark Nelson & Burton, PLLC - Official Website
Contact & Map
Clark Nelson & Burton, PLLC
7 E. Market St.
Leesburg, VA 20176
Telephone: (571) 771-5130