Thank you for visiting. We are a full-service law firm located in Charlottesville, Virginia and practicing throughout Virginia.
Founded by Mr. Elliott Harding, Esq., a regionally-acclaimed litigator, our staff is determined to go the extra mile for our clients with a genuine passion for what we do. Mr. Harding has been a champion for zealous criminal defense representation, commercial litigation, and civil rights since joining the Virginia Bar. From routine traffic cases & DUIs, to white-collar crimes and large investigations, our attorneys are here to provide the representation you deserve. Feel free to browse the site or contact us to learn more.
Some of the cases we've worked on recently include:
United States v. Michael Parnell : (M.D. Ga)
Ongoing 28 U.S.C. §2255 collateral attack to the 2014 federal convictions of Mr. Michael Parnell in the Middle District of Georgia, a case resulting in the longest sentences in American history involving foodborne illnesses (peanut-related salmonella). The Firm has has raised multiple contested issues involving the venue of the trial and the selection of jurors undermining the credibility of the verdict. To read more, click here
Whorley, et al. v. Northam, et al. (E.D. Va)
The Firm represents 27 people incarcerated in Virginia prisons against Gov. Northam and other state officials. The suit alleged Virginia was violating the U.S. Constitution by failing to address overcrowded facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, and asked that the Commonwealth to immediately decrease the number of people in custody, implement policies for social distancing, and require staff members to wear protection equipment. After negotiations with the Office of the Attorney General, the parties reached a settlement enforced by U.S. District Court in Richmond. This agreement committed VDOC to review those individuals eligible for early release under the governor’s budget amendment and set up procedures for the Sec. of the Commonwealth to consider conditional pardons for individuals with medical issues or COVID-19 related concerns. The agreement also created mechanisms to ensure that incarcerated individuals receive prompt medical treatment, that prisons are clean, sanitized, and that appropriate protective equipment is provided to both residents and staff. To read more, click here
Hirschfeld v. BATFE (pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit)
On October 26, 2018, the Firm filed suit in the Western District of Virginia on behalf of Mr. Tanner Hirschfeld & Ms. Natalia Marshall against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE), the ATF's Acting Director, and the Attorney General of the United States. The case remains pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and was last argued before a three-judge panel on October 30, 2020. This suit challenges the federal ban on the sale handguns and handgun ammunition by federally licensed firearm dealers to law-abiding young adults under the age of 21 years old. Currently, these young men and women may purchase higher-powered firearms, including rifles and shotguns, from federal licensed dealers but they cannot purchase handguns. Though handgun ownership is permitted generally, the ban relegates young adults to an unregulated, limited market of private, personal transactions for handguns which is devoid of background checks and oversight. This challenge seeks to preserve the equal protection of the fundamental liberty to defend oneself for all adults, regardless of age, as guaranteed via the Second & Fifth Amendments of the Constitution of the United States. Oral Argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit: (Oct. 30, 2020)
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