Blair D. Howard

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Warrenton, Virginia

Law Offices of Howard & Howard
Blair D. Howard
Law Offices of Howard & Howard

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, White Collar Crimes, Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in Virginia since: 1964

Education: American University Washington College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

Law Offices of Howard & Howard

7 Hotel Street
Warrenton, VA 20186 Visit website


Attorney Blair D. Howard is a partner at the Law Offices of Howard & Howard in Warrenton, Virginia. Recognized nationally as one of the country's leading trial lawyers, Mr. Howard focuses his practice on criminal defense and appeals, and he serves clients throughout Virginia who stand accused or are under investigation for any type of felony or misdemeanor offense. He also has considerable civil litigation experience and has successfully handled many personal injury claims and other tortious matters.

Over the course of his more than 55 years of practicing law, Mr. Howard has earned a reputation for his hard work and diligence in helping secure the most favorable outcomes possible for those he serves. A staunch advocate for the rights and liberties of the accused, he has helped obtain numerous acquittals, dismissals and not guilty verdicts for his clients while also successfully challenging many lower court rulings to help his clients achieve the justice they seek.

A 1960 graduate of the University of Virginia, Mr. Howard attended American University's Washington College of Law, where he obtained his bachelor's degree in law in 1963. He then served a tour in the U.S. Army, where he reached the rank of captain. The Virginia State Bar admitted him to practice in 1963, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.

Recognized for his unmatched legal abilities and high ethical standards, Mr. Howard holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has received numerous other awards and honors from his peers as well, including recognition from The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of personal injury and civil litigation. Moreover, both Washingtonian magazine and Northern Virginia Magazine have voted him among the area's top lawyers, and Virginia Business magazine named him among the state's "Legal Elite."

In addition to maintaining his successful trial practice, Mr. Howard remains active in his legal community, and he is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Fauquier County Bar Association, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, among his other professional affiliations.

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Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault, Assault & Battery, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Criminal Law - Federal, Debt, Dram Shop Laws, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Failure to Pay Child Support, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Parole, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Probation, Prosecution, Sex Offenses, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Tax Evasion, Theft, Toxic Mold, Traffic Violations, Trucking Accidents, White Collar Crime, Wrongful Death

  • 70% Criminal Defense
  • 20% Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 10% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1964, Virginia

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Faculty Member, Ethics, Virginia State Bar
  • The Best Lawyers in America,” Areas of Personal Injury and Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense, 1990
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Top Lawyers, Metropolitan Washington, Washingtonian Magazine
  • Virginia’s Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine.
Educational Background:
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1960
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • Member, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Association for the Administration of Justice
  • Member, Fauquier County Association
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • Virginia, 1964

Office location for Blair D. Howard

7 Hotel Street
Warrenton, VA 20186

Phone: 540-340-3776


18 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

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