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S.W. Dawson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Norfolk, VA

Dawson PLC
999 Waterside Drive, Suite 2525
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: 757-282-6601
Fax: 757-282-6617
Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2022
Licensed in Virginia Since: 2012
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Constitutional Law, Criminal Defense: White Collar
Attorney Profile

Attorney S.W. Dawson is the managing member of Dawson, P.L.C., in Norfolk, Virginia. Mr. Dawson practices in the areas of civil rights litigation and criminal defense, serving clients throughout the Norfolk area.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Dawson has successfully defended hundreds of Virginia residents who faced felony or misdemeanor charges. He has defended people against charges, including homicide, money laundering, fraud, drug crimes, traffic violations and more, and has experience with both state and federal charges. He has also helped clients in cases involving asset forfeiture and other issues.

Mr. Dawson also helps clients in civil actions and family law, and has a passion for civil rights litigation. He provides committed and aggressive representation to clients who have had their civil rights violated, zealously pursuing justice on their behalf. 

Active in his professional community, Mr. Dawson is a member of the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association, the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and he has lectured on legal topics for several organizations. He sits on the board of Norfolk Festevents, Ltd., and Virginia NORML.

In recognition of his accomplishments, the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys included Mr. Dawson in its list of “top 10 under 40.” In 2018, Virginia Business magazine included him on its list of the “legal elite” and Coastal Virginia magazine included him on its “top lawyer” listing.

Mr. Dawson holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia. He holds a license to practice law before all Virginia state courts, the U.S. district courts for the eastern and western districts of Virginia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Constitutional Law
  • 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, Parole, Probation, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence


7 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2016 - 2022

About S.W. Dawson

First Admitted: 2012, Virginia

Professional Webpage:


  • Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine
  • Top Lawyer, Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • Top 10 Under 40 Award, Commonwealth of Virginia, National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Rising Star, Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine, 2016 - 2021

Bar/Professional Activity

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • United States District Court Western District of Virginia
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Office Location for S.W. Dawson

999 Waterside Drive
Suite 2525
Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: 757-282-6601

Fax: 757-282-6617

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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