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C. David Whaley

David Whaley

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Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • Personal Injury

A native of West Virginia, David Whaley earned his law degree from the University of Richmond. He founded the law firm of David Whaley LLC in Richmond in 1979, now Whaley Paules, LLC. David focuses his practice in the areas of criminal defense and personal injury.

In addition to his legal practice, David has lectured at Virginia CLE, providing insight to other attorneys on the topic of defending drug cases.

Honors and Awards

  • Named to Super Lawyers, 2009, 2011 - 2022
  • Best Law Firm, Ranked Tier 1 Criminal Defense: General Practice, by U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, 2021
  • Named Lawyer of the Year, Criminal Defense: General Practice, by Best Lawyers®, 2021
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for Work in Criminal Defense: General Practice
  • AV® Preeminent™ Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating

Education

  • University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, Virginia
    • J.D.

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 1990

Professional Associations

  • Richmond Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Richmond Criminal Bar Association, Former Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and President
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Virginia College of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • American Inn of Court
  • NORML (Legal Committee)

Representative Cases

  • United States vs. Fulcher, 250 F. 3rd 244, United States Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • United States vs. Fulcher, 188 F. Supp. 2nd 627, United States District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • Colonial First Properties vs. Henrico County VA, 166 F. Supp. 2nd 1071, United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • Commonwealth v. Taylor, 256 Va.514
  • Harris v. Commonwealth, 241 Va. 146
  • Coe v. Commonwealth, 231 Va. 83
  • Wright v. Commonwealth, 224 Va. 502
  • Stover v. Commonwealth, 222 Va. 618
  • Kromer v. Commonwealth, 45Va.App.812
  • Boyd v. County of Henrico, 42 Va. App. 495
  • Boyd v. County of Henrico, 41 Va. App. 1
  • Raja v. Commonwealth, 40 Va. App. 710
  • Yancey v. Commonwealth, 30 Va. App. 510
  • Lewis v. Commonwealth, 26 Va. App. 113
  • Clifton v. Commonwealth, 22 Va. App. 178
  • Richmond v. Commonwealth, 22 Va. App 257
  • Deer v. Commonwealth, 17 Va. App. 730
  • Timmons v. Commonwealth, 15 Va. App. 196
  • Bolda v. Commonwealth 15, Va. App. 315
  • Darnell v. Commonwealth, 12 V Va. App. a. App. 948
  • Boblett v. Commonwealth, 10 Va. App. 640
  • Harris v. Commonwealth 9, Va. App. 355
  • Bosworth v. Commonwealth, 7 Va. App. 567
  • Wynn v. Commonwealth, 5 Va. App. 283
  • Dickerson v. Commonwealth, 2 Va. App. 473

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney