I focus my practice primarily on criminal defense and family law litigation. My staff and I handle all aspects of state and federal criminal litigation at all stages of the criminal process: from pre-arrest investigation, to grand jury proceedings, indictment, plea negotiations, trial and appeal. I have litigated cases involving narcotics violations, homicide, assault, DWI, domestic violence, wire fraud, money laundering and illegal trafficking of contraband, among others.
I am equally passionate about helping my clients navigate the emotional yet complex process of divorce or other family law problems. I have extensive experience in all family law related matters such as spousal support and marital property disputes, child support, child custody, child visitation and adoption. I have handled divorce and family law cases throughout Virginia.
I practice in all state and federal courts in Virginia and in each case, I provide vigorous, aggressive and effective service. I am highly regarded as both a passionate trial lawyer and effective, forceful negotiator. I am proud of my trial skills and I work to provide attentive, trustworthy and diligent service to all my clients.
The lawyer has not reached the height of his vocation who
does not find therein...scope for a peculiar but genuine artistic function.
-Sir Frederick Pollock
The good lawyer is not the man who has an eye to every side and angle of contingency and qualifies all his qualifications, but who throws himself on your part so heartily that he can get you out of a scrape.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Virginia & New York
United States Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit
U.S. District & Bankruptcy Courts
Eastern & Western Districts of Virginia
State and Federal Courts
Felonies, Misdemeanors, Traffic
Narcotics, Violent Crimes, Sexual Assaults
Search & Seizure Litigation
Appeals & Post-Conviction Litigation
Domestic Relations/Family Law
Child & Spousal Support,
Trust & Estate Litigation
Thank your for your interest in my law practice and the services my staff and I can provide to you or your family.
I was born in Laconia, N.H. and graduated from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville in 2000 where I served on the Brandeis Law Review and received the Brandeis Writing Award, the International Academy of Trial Attorneys Trial Advocacy Award and the Edward Post Litigation Skills Award.
I graduated cum laude from Middlebury College in 1988 with a B.A in American Literature and then I attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts before joining the Academy's resident theater company for its 1990-91 season. After attending Columbia University for one semester, I finished my graduate studies at Hunter College with an M.A. in Theater, focusing on Dramatic Literature.
Before opening my own law office specializing in criminal defense and family law, I practiced employment and business litigation with a large firm in Harrisonburg, Virginia where I served as chairman of the firm's Employment Law Group. I have litigated civil, commercial and criminal cases in the state, federal and administrative courts of Virginia, West Virginia, Texas, New York, Delaware and Pennsylvania.
I live in Staunton, Virginia and I am an active member of the Criminal Defense and Family Law Sections of the Virginia State Bar.
The Law Office of
Dana R. Cormier, PLC
103 East Beverley St. Suite C.
P.O. Box 85
Staunton, VA 24402
Tel: (540) 886-3600
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