Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense (Trial & Appeals)
  • Civil & Animal Rights Litigation
  • Real Estate & Commercial Litigation
  • Government Affairs

Criminal Defense (Trial & Appeal)

Federal Criminal Defense

Drug Crimes

Violent Crimes


College Student Crimes & Offenses

White Collar Crime

Sex Offenses

Property Crimes

Animal Law

As much as we love our pets, the laws of Virginia fail to adequately protect them in many ways. Pet owners oftentimes find themselves in dire situations and are left wondering how the law applies. Whether your furry friend is the victim of a crime, the victim of a medical procedure gone awry, or faces a "dangerous dog" proceeding, we can help. 

Need assistance with another animal-related dispute? Let us know. We are working diligently to develop the law in a manner that protects your pet's best interests while producing the results you need. 

Government Affairs & Consulting

Having an issue with a Government agency? Need help getting a special use permit or the proper zoning approval? Maybe you are looking to present a legislative proposal o your political representatives? Too often it seems like the Government creates more problems than it fixes. Let us know where we can help and ease the tension on your way to the results you need. 

Local & State Regulatory Compliance

Zoning Approval & Land Disputes

FOIA Disputes

Local, State, and Federal Policy Development

Political Consulting & Campaign Compliance

About Elliott


Elliott Harding, Esq.

Mr. Harding practices general litigation throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, with a focus on criminal trials & appeals, civil rights litigation, and commercial disputes. 

His practice has also lead to the unique representation of plaintiffs in their recovery of significant cash assets in civil asset forfeiture disputes as well as the owners of animals in criminal cases, property disputes, and tortious injuries. 

Mr. Harding has argued cases before the Virginia Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Virginia and written on behalf of appellants in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He has also prosecuted as a Special Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in Central Virginia. 

Academic Background:

J.D., Washington & Lee University School of Law. ('15L)

B.A., Government & Economics, University of Virginia. (Dec. 2011)

Bar Admissions:

State: Commonwealth of Virginia

Federal: U.S. District Court for the Eastern & Western Districts of Virginia 

Mr. Harding graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Government & Economics and received his J.D. from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA. While in law school, Mr. Harding was a member of the Washington & Lee Moot Court Executive Board, received the award for Best Brief in the John W. Davis Moot Court Competition, and earned honors for brief writing in national and regional moot court competitions. Though it can be time consuming for some, he enjoys thorough research and brief writing at all levels.

During his time in law school, Mr. Harding worked as a summer associate at Stone, Cardwell, & Dinkin PLC in Richmond, VA, as well as the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Charlottesville, VA. 

He previously served as a member of the Region Ten Community Services Board in Central Virginia, worked on Capitol Hill as the Legislative Director & Counsel for his Congressional Representative, and was named the winner of Yale University's Inaugural William F. Buckley, Jr. Ideas Competition in 2018. 

Along with his interest in the law, Elliott maintains his passion for animal welfare, public policy, history, sports, and business development. He currently lives in Charlottesville with his wife and has two pets, their cat "Penny" and six-year old dog, "Roo."