David L. Heilberg

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Charlottesville, VA

Dygert Wright Hobbs & Heilberg, PLC
 | 415 4th Street, NE, Top Floor
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: 434-979-5515
Fax: 434-295-7785
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1979
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (60%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (20%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%)
Attorney Profile

David L. Heilberg is a co-founder of Dygert Wright Hobbs & Heilberg, PLC, located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Mr. Heilberg can call upon almost four decades of legal experience as he provides clients throughout the central part of the state with assistance in criminal defense and personal injury matters. Mr. Heilberg has tried cases before a jury on over 100 occasions. He has advocated on behalf of individuals facing charges including capital murder, driving under the influence and white-collar crimes such as embezzlement and fraud.

A 1975 graduate of Union College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in political science, Mr. Heilberg was awarded a Juris Doctor from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1979 before being admitted to practice before all Virginia state courts. He was subsequently admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Virginia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to entering private practice in 1982, Mr. Heilberg spent three years as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney for Rockingham County. He is frequently invited to deliver presentations on criminal law topics before groups of fellow professionals as well as college and law school students.

Highly regarded by his fellow professionals, Mr. Heilberg has received an AV* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. He is a former president and member of the board of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and he been an active participant in the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 20%Criminal Defense: White Collar
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


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Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2020

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About David Heilberg

Admitted: 1979, Virginia

Professional Webpage: http://charlottesvillelegal.com/attorneys


  • One among the top 5% of criminal defense attorneys in Virginia, Recognized by Super Lawyers, 2011
  • 10.0 rating at AVVO
  • AV peer rating with Martindale-Hubbell/Lawyers.com

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • State and Federal Certification to defend every kind of criminal case, including Capital Homicide.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • President, Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2011
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1992
  • U.S. Eastern District of Virginia, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. Western District of Virginia, 1980
  • Virginia, 1979

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Co-editor with Corinne J. Magee, "Defending Criminal Cases in Virginia" manual published by the VACDL and Virginia CLE Publications, 2012 and 2016 Editions;  Author of Chapter 8: Eyewitness Identification Procedures in the Defending Criminal Cases Manual
  • Adjunct faculty, Trial Advocacy at the Washington & Lee School of Law

Educational Background:

  • Union College, NY, BA, 1975
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Office Location for David L. Heilberg

415 4th Street, NE
Top Floor
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Phone: 434-979-5515

Fax: 434-295-7785

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Last Updated: 11/24/2019

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