Michael HuYoung

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Richmond, Virginia

Barnes & Diehl, P.C.
Michael HuYoung
Barnes & Diehl, P.C.

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Family Law; view more

Licensed in Virginia since: 1982

Education: University of Richmond School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2024

Barnes & Diehl, P.C.

6806 Paragon Place
Suite 110
Richmond, VA 23230 Visit website


A shareholder of Barnes & Diehl, P.C., Michael HuYoung divides his practice between criminal defense and family law matters. Located in Richmond, Virginia, his clients come from the greater Richmond-Petersburg metropolitan area. In his criminal defense practice, Mr. HuYoung represents people who have been charged with misdemeanors or felonies that have included domestic violence, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, fraud, weapons violations, drug possession and distribution, assault, sex crimes and murder.

Mr. HuYoung's family law experience is largely centered around divorce and its attendant issues such as the equitable distribution of marital assets and debts, child custody and visitation, and alimony and child support. He has had numerous articles published on topics related to his practice areas, and he is frequently asked to deliver presentations on a variety of subjects, including jury selection and defending child pornography charges. Mr. HuYoung has received numerous accolades from his fellow professionals for the quality of his work and his high degree of ethics. Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, he has been awarded an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. In addition, Mr. HuYoung has been named to Virginia Business magazine's annual "Legal Elite" list.

Majoring in government and foreign affairs, Mr. HuYoung received a Bachelor of Arts with distinction from the University of Virginia in 1978. He then went on to attend the University of Richmond School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1982. Admitted to practice in Virginia, Mr. HuYoung is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. His professional affiliations have included the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Virginia Bar Association, Virginia Law Foundation, Virginia Criminal Justice Conference, and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association. 

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Family Law

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Assault & Battery, Child Support, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Failure to Pay Child Support, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Juvenile Law, Marital Property, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Name Change, Overdrawn Bank Account, Parole, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Probation, Same Sex Family Law, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations

  • 70% Criminal Defense
  • 30% Family Law

First Admitted: 1982, Virginia

Professional Webpage: https://barnesfamilylaw.com/michael-huyoung/

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Virginia Criminal Justice Conference 
  • Virginia Law Foundation Board of Governors
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • Virginia State Bar Executive Committee (2015-2016)
  • Board of Directors for the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia (2008-2015)
  • Virginia Supreme Court  
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Virginia State Bar Council (2013-2016)
  • Virginia Bar Association Criminal Law Council (2011-2016)
  • Board of Governors of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (2008-2011)
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • Virginia Bar Association's Board of Governors (2014-2017)
  • Virginia Bar Association Chair of Criminal Law Section (2011-2013)
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Virginia Law Foundation, Board of Directors (2017-Present)
  • Virginia Criminal Justice Services Board (Appointed by the Governor), 2018
  • Board of Directors of Cultural and Fine Arts Center at Glen Allen Foundation for Henrico County (1995-2000)    
  • Virginia State Task Force on Diversity (2008-2009)
  • Citizen Committee on Voting Rights for Henrico County, Member (2008)
  • Virginia State Bar Diversity Conference, Board of Governors (2010-2016
  • Virginia Law Foundation (2010-Present)  
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Presenting Special Criminal Law Doctrines in Richmond and Norfolk , VTLA Annual Advocacy Seminar (October, 2010)
  • Increasing the Pipeline of Diversity in the Legal Profession , Panelist , Inaugural Virginia State Bar's Diversity Conference Forum, 2018
  • Virginia CLE, Faculty (2014-Present)
  • Virginia State Bar Law School Professionalism Program, Faculty (2011-2015)
  • Exoneration: Writs of Actual Innocence (The Thomas Haynesworth Case), Moderator of the Criminal Law Section's General Session Presentation at the Virginia Bar Association's meeting at The Homestead (2012)
  • Virginia Criminal Justice Conference, Steering Committee (2005-Present)
  • Jeopardy on Appeal (Top Ten Pet Peeves of Judges of the Virginia Court of Appeals), Criminal Law and Domestic Relations Sections Joint CLE Presentation on Appellate Practice at the Virginia Bar Association's Meeting at The Homestead (2012)
  • Virginia State Bar Diversity Conference, Chair (2011-2012)
  • Virginia Law and Practice: A Handbook for Attorneys (2016 Edition), updating and rewriting Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Chapters, Virginia CLE
  • Virginia State Bar's Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course, Faculty (2008-2011)
  • Co-Authored with Erik D. Baines, Esquire, Associate at Barnes & Diehl, P.C., the Updates and Revisions to the Criminal Law and Criminal Procedures Chapters in Virginia Law and Practice: A Handbook for Attorneys (2016 Edition) (Virginia CLE)
  • Virginia Criminal Justice Conference, Co-Chair (2007-2009)
  • The Ethics of Equality: A Lawyer's Professional Responsibility, co-authored with Isaac B. McBeth, Esquire, of Rawls McNelis & Mitchell, Presented at the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association's Annual Convention (2009)
  • Use of Experts and Defenses in Internet Child Solicitation and Child Pornography Cases, co-presentation with Dr. Glenn E. Dardick, Ph.D., Virginia Trial Lawyers Association's Criminal Law Seminars (2012)
  • Do You Really Want to Put the Child on the Stand?, co-authored with John K. Karanian, Esquire, VBA News Journal (Focus on Family Law), Volume 35, Number 4 (Winter, 2009)
  • Zealous Representation is Not Winning at All Costs, co-authored with David B. Hargett, Esquire, The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Volume 21, Number 2 (2009)
  • Immigration Consequences for the Non-Citizen Defendant, Virginia State Bar, Annual Conference (2006)
  • Legal Ethics for the Criminal Practitioner, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Criminal Law Seminar (2004)
  • Confidentiality and Other Ethical Issues Raised When Using Electronic Evidence, Including Electronic Surveillance, Virginia State Bar, Advanced Family Law Seminar (2004)
  • Nuts & Bolts of Criminal Practice, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Criminal Law Seminar (2002)  
  • Charied and Moderated, Anatomy of a Criminal Trial in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, General District Court, Circuit Court, Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court (September 14, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia)
  • Community Policing Forum, Speaker and Panelist, sponsored by the Alliance for Unitive Justice (Richmond Police Academy - April 20, 2016)
  • Picking the Right Jury and Avoiding the Wrong One, Panelist, Richmond Bar Association (Richmond, VA - 2016)
  • Colonial Classic Mock Trial Competition at the College of William & Mary, Presiding Judge (Williamsburg - 2016)
  • Contempt of Court: A Lesson in Legal History, Virginia CLE Panel Presenter (2015)
  • Legal Jeopardy: Family Feuds and Offenses, Moderator of Judicial Panel Presentation at the Virginia Bar Association's Summer Meeting at The Greenbrier (2014)
  • The Ethics of Equality: A Lawyer's Professional Responsibility, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association's Annual Convention at The Homestead (2014)
  • Video presentation of Criminal Appellate Practice in Virginia and Evidence in Virginia, Virginia CLE, course for out-of-state attorneys practicing in Virginia (2014)
  • Best Practices in Voir Dire, Panel Presentation for the City of Richmond Bar Association (2012)
  • The Bar Disciplinary Process, Carrico Professionalism Course (Charlottesville, Virginia - March, 2010)
  • The Authority to Take Sentencing Under Advisement Provides Circuit Judges with an Important Tool for Doing Justice in Criminal Cases, Presenter at Virginia Trial Lawyers Association's 50th Annual Convention in Williamsburg, Virginia (2009)
  • Criminal Law Update, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association's Solo and Small Firm Conference (2008)
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions on Non-U.S. Citizens and the Visa Process, Virginia Alliance of Paralegal Associations and Local Government Paralegal Association, Joint Statewide Conference (2008)
  • Effective Voir Dire in a Criminal Case: Get the Jury Thinking, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association's Criminal Law Seminar (2008)
  • The Benefit of Diversity, Fellows Induction Speech at Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyers Honorary Society Conference (2012)
  • Criminal Issues Related to the Representation of Immigrants, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Annual Paralegal Seminar (2007)
  • Combating National Impact Financial Fraud in the Eastern District of Virginia, Moderator of the Criminal Law Section, CLE Presentation at the Virginia Bar Associations Conference (2012)
  • The SANE/Forensic Nurse Evaluation: What Does It All Mean? (2007, 2008)
  • Hot Topics in Criminal Practice, Annual Virginia Trial Lawyers Association's Paralegal Conference in Richmond (2011)
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions and Sentences on Non-Citizen Defendants Today, Annual Judicial Conference for District Court Judges (2006)
  • Panelist on How Young Lawyers reach out to the Community: The Benefits of Expanding the Pipeline, Virginia Law Center for the Study of Race and Law (2011)
  • The Non-Citizen Defendant in the Criminal Justice System: Special Challenges and Consequences, Virginia State Bar, Annual Conference, Criminal Law Section Presentation (2006)
  • Presented Opening and Closing Statements at John Marshall Inns of Court (2011)
  • Dangerous Intersection Ahead: When Criminal and Family Law Collide, VSB Annual Conference for the Family & Criminal Law Sections Presentation (2005)
  • Presenting a seminar on Surveillance in Litigation: Getting the Dirt While Keeping Your Hands Clean , Virginia Trial Lawyers Association's 52nd Annual Convention at The Homestead (April, 2011)
  • Ethics for the Criminal Practitioner with Michael HuYoung, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education (2004)
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Tipton v. Commonwealth, 18 Va. App. 832 (Va. Ct. App. 1994)
  • Wood v. Commonwealth, 12 Va. App. 1257 (Va. Ct. App. 1991)
  • Speight v. Commonwealth, 4 Va. App. 83 (Va. Ct. App. 1987)
  • Mueller v. Murray,, 252 Va. 356 (Va Supreme Court 1996)
  • Stanley v. Commonwealth, 16 Va. App. 873 (Va. Ct. App. 1993)
  • Marshall v. Commonwealth, 5 Va. App. 248 (Va. Ct. App. 1987)
  • Swinson v. Commonwealth, 16 Va. App. 923 (Va. Ct. App. 1993)
  • Hancock v. Commonwealth, 12 Va. App. 774 (Va. Ct. App. 1991)
  • Speight v. Commonwealth, 2 Va. App. 140 (Va. Ct. App. 1986)
Educational Background:
  • University of Virginia, B.A., Graduated with Distinction, 1979
  • The award is named after the notable civil rights lawyer for work in promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. , Recipient of the Virginia State Bar Diversity Conference's Clarence M. Dunnaville, Jr. Award , 2019
  • Voted Richmond's Best and Brightest Attorney by Style Weekly (1987)  
  • Virginia Super Lawyer by Richmond Magazine Law & Politics (2008-Present)
  • Listed as a Top Criminal Defense Attorney in Richmond by Super Lawyer (Present)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Richmond White-Collar Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year (2012)
  • Award of Excellence, The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia (APABA-VA) (2008)
  • Voted in the top one percent of Trial Lawyers in America, Litigation Counsel of America (2012-Present)
  • AV rating in Criminal and Family Law by Martindale Hubbell (2002-Present)
  • Inducted as a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, a National Honorary Society for Trial Lawyers (2012)
  • Virginia's Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine profiled Criminal Attorney (2001)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Publication (2009-Present)
  • Virginia's Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine (2001-Present)
  • Voted as one of the Richmond Times Dispatch Reader's Choice Attorneys (2014)
  • Selected as a Leader in the Law, Virginia Lawyers Weekly (2010)

Office location for Michael HuYoung

6806 Paragon Place
Suite 110
Richmond, VA 23230

Phone: 804-796-1000

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