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Mary M. Nerino

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Fairfax, VA

Price Benowitz
10505 Judicial Drive, Suite 101
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-340-8033
Fax: 703-991-0604
Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2022
Licensed in Virginia Since: 2013
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
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Attorney Profile

Mary M. Nerino is an Partner with the Price Benowitz LLP law firm in Fairfax, Virginia. A top-rated, award-winning trial lawyer with more than 8 years of legal experience, Ms. Nerino focuses her practice almost exclusively on criminal law, and she provides exceptional advocacy and support to clients throughout the Northern Virginia metro and surrounding areas who face criminal charges for DUI/DWI or any other type of felony or misdemeanor offense.

Upon earning her legal degree, Ms. Nerino worked as a post-graduate fellow with the Alexandria Office of the Public Defender. In this role, she acquired considerable experience handling all aspects of the criminal trial process for a broad range of cases. She then joined another prominent law firm in the area, where she handled felony and misdemeanor criminal cases as well as federal cases in district courts throughout her region. She also has experience handling appeals before the Court of Appeals of Virginia.

Before entering private practice, Ms. Nerino worked for two years with Teach for America, where she taught at a bilingual public school in Washington, D.C. Fluent in Spanish, she has also handled immigration-related matters for clients facing serious criminal charges that affect their immigration statuses.

As an attorney, Ms. Nerino has proven herself a tireless and devoted legal advocate for those she serves, and she has achieved notable success helping her clients protect their rights and liberties while aggressively pursuing the most favorable outcomes on their behalf. Honored for her outstanding professionalism and service, she has earned a Top 40 Under 40 ranking from The National Trial Lawyers for the past several years, and she has received the Clients' Choice Award and Superb client ratings on Avvo.

A 2008 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, Ms. Nerino obtained her Juris Doctor from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 2013. While there, she received the Calhoun Bond University Service Award, and she served as vice president of the Student Bar Association, vice justice for the Staples Chapter of the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity and member of the Moot Court Executive Board.

Since entering private practice, Ms. Nerino has maintained active involvement in her legal community, and she is a member of the Arlington and American Bar Associations, the Virginia State Bar and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, among her other professional affiliations.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Criminal Defense
  • 30%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Parole, Probation, Prosecution, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI


6 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2017 - 2022

About Mary M. Nerino

First Admitted: 2013, Virginia

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Panelist at School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, #MeToo event at George Mason University, 2018

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Qualified as a Court-Appointed Attorney by the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission in both felony and misdemeanor cases, 2014-present
  • Member of the Federal Bar, admitted to practice EDVA, 2014-present

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University, 2008

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member VACDL -Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 
  • Member of NACDL - National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Former Vice President and Current Alumna Member, Phi Alpha Delta, Staples Chapter
  • Past Secretary, Arlington County Bar Association; Past Board of Directors Member, Young Lawyers Section of the Arlington County Bar Association

Representative Clients

  • Successfully advocated for complete dismissal of multiple felony charges against a juvenile client prior to the preliminary hearing and in time for the client to attend college without the stigma of pending criminal charges. , 2021


  • DUI reduced to a non-criminal traffic infraction after Ms. Nerino successfully argued motions to suppress and legal flaws in the prosecutor’s case., 2021
  • Not guilty verdict in a Domestic Assault & Battery trial, where the prosecution took the unusual step of granting blanket immunity to a witness in an effort to further incriminate the defendant., 2021
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Office Location for Mary M. Nerino

10505 Judicial Drive
Suite 101
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-340-8033

Fax: 703-991-0604

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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