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Elizabeth Lauwaert Tuomey

PRACTICE AREAS:

Criminal Law, Juvenile Law, Traffic Law, Personal Injury Law


ADMITTED:

2002, Virginia State Bar

2004, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia


LAW SCHOOL:

Georgetown University Law Center, J. D. 2002


COLLEGE:

Villanova University, B.S. in Business Administration 1999, Summa Cum Laude


HIGH SCHOOL:

Paul VI High School, Fairfax, VA, 1995


MEMBERSHIPS:

Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

      · Mentor to newly-licensed attorneys

Fairfax Bar Association

Arlington Bar Association


Virginia State Bar Disciplinary District Committee, Fourth District Committee, Section 1

EXPERIENCE:

DISCLAIMER: Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case, and do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case.

Elizabeth has been litigating since law school, where she won her first trial as a student with the Georgetown University Juvenile Justice Clinic, defending juveniles in delinquency matters before the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Elizabeth has been a defender from the first day of law school, having worked at the Fairfax County and Alexandria City Public Defender offices, as well as interning with the Office of the Pardon Attorney for the United States Department of Justice. After graduation and passing the bar, she became a Assistant Public Defender for the City of Fredericksburg and the Counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, and King George. After gaining significant trial experience there, she entered private practice in 2004. During private practice Elizabeth has continued to try cases in all levels of the Virginia Courts, including many jury trials. She has also worked on appeals to the Virginia Court of Appeals, most significantly participating in the successful appeal of Paiz v. Commonwealth of Virginia, published at 54 Va. App. 688 (2009), in the Court of Appeals of Virginia.  
Elizabeth has represented hundreds of clients in courts throughout Virginia, and believes
that personal representation is the only effective representation. 

Elizabeth was awarded a swimming scholarship to Villanova University, winning the Big
East Championship in 1996. During her time at Villanova, Elizabeth won the university-wide Senior Student-Athlete award, given each year to the graduating senior athlete with the highest overall GPA, and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Finance. 
She was also named to the NCAA All-Academic Team, Honorable Mention, and was a
Big East Academic All-Star all 4 years of college.  She received a scholarship for post-graduate studies from both the NCAA and the Big East.


COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Pranks, Sins, or Crimes? Teens and the Law

     · Panel of law-enforcement, legal and juvenile rights professionals discussing a variety of   scenarios that teens can and often do find themselves in.  Designed for middle- and high-school age students and their parents.  

      · Panelist, 2011, 2012 and 2013

      · Sponsored by the Arlington Family Network

Yorktown High School Senior Experience

      · Mentor for high school students exploring career choices in the legal field