About Amy Austin
Amy Austin has been practicing law since 1993. Upon graduation from law school, she clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth Hallanan in the Southern District of West Virginia and later spent two years at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in the staff counsel’s office.
For the last seventeen years, her practice has been criminal defense litigation, with a focus on federal criminal cases. From 2001 to 2012, Ms. Austin practiced exclusively in the United States District Courts, handling a variety of federal criminal cases as an assistant federal public defender.
Ms. Austin opened her solo law practice in 2013 and has since been voted among the Legal Elite for criminal lawyers in Virginia Business magazine and has been voted by her peers as a Virginia Super Lawyer in the area of criminal defense for the last three years.
Since 2013, Ms. Austin represents clients charged with both felonies and misdemeanors in state and federal courts. She has extensive experience litigating all manner of pretrial issues, jury trials, and complex federal sentencing issues. Recent federal criminal cases include white collar crimes such as bank fraud, wire fraud, embezzlement, drug conspiracies, access device fraud, as well as, federal death penalty cases (Ms. Austin is qualified as “learned counsel” in federal capital cases).
Ms. Austin also represents individuals who have received Target Letters from the office of the U. S. Attorney or who have been subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury.
Ms. Austin handles possession of marijuana cases in both state and federal courts and understands the importance of keeping such charges off of one’s record.
Amy Austin graduated from Ohio Northern University School of Law with honors (top 10% of class) and obtained her undergraduate degree from Marshall University cum laude.
Areas of Practice
- Criminal Defense
- Civil Litigation (personal injury and civil rights)
- West Virginia 1993
- Virginia 2001
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
- Virginia State Bar Criminal Law Section
- Richmond Criminal Bar Association
- Metro Richmond Women’s Bar Association – Board Member 2017-2018, 2018-2019
- Richmond Bench Bar Conference, Planning Committee Member 2018
- Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
- Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Richmond, Spring 2010 & 2011
- Member of the Live Roundtable Exercise on Internal Corporate and Government Investigations February 2014, CLE sponsored by Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association (WMACCA)
- University of Richmond’s Carrico Center’s Pro Bono Criminal Appeals Project (2013-2014)
- Immigration Issues – How to Avoid the Road Home Va State Bar 44th Annual Criminal Law Seminar February 7 & 14, 2014