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MIKE CHICK

W. Michael Chick, Jr.Mike lives in Arlington Virginia with his wife and children.  His criminal trial practice began as an assistant public defender in Fairfax, Virginia, where he successfully handled a countless number of serious felony, misdemeanor and traffic criminal matters. As a public defender Mike was in court almost every day for a number of years, and he was lucky during that time to work alongside and to try cases against some of the best criminal trial lawyers in Northern Virginia. Eventually he transitioned into what is considered by many to be one of the premiere criminal trial firms in Virginia and the D.C. Metropolitan area, Greenspun Shapiro, PC. There, Mike continued to handle his own caseload, and he was fortunate to also work closely with, be mentored by, and try cases alongside Peter Greenspun and Jonathan Shapiro. Mike also worked as an attorney with the Capital Defender’s Office of Northern Virginia, where he handled exclusively capital murder cases for clients facing the possibility of the death penalty. Now in his own practice, Mike still commits himself to capital murder death penalty cases and other serious criminal matters. His experience in capital litigation gives him a unique and useful perspective in representing his other criminal clients. Mike is also committed to using his position as a lawyer to serve others, and accordingly, he acts not only as retained/hired counsel for those who can afford his services, but also as a court-appointed attorney for indigent defendants who cannot otherwise afford a lawyer.

Born and raised in Virginia, Mike is a member of the Fairfax Bar Association, the Prince William County Bar Association and the Arlington County Bar Association. He was elected as a board member of the Young Lawyers Section of the Fairfax Bar in 2008 and has since finished that tenure. He served on the FBA's Legislative, J&DR and General District Court Committees and he has spoken at a number of criminal law events and at local law schools including Georgetown University, George Washington University, and George Mason University.  In 2012, Mike was pleased to accept an invitation to become a Barrister member of the George Mason American Inn of Court.  He has tried a number of cases before both judges and juries and has handled a variety of matters on the appellate level.  In 2013, Mike was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, and he was listed by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the top criminal lawyers in the Washington, D.C. Metro area.

Mike received his Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School and his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education and History from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. While in law school Mike was a member of GWU's Mock Trial Board and was selected to represent his school in the National Trial Competition. During this time, he also gained criminal experience clerking for the Federal Public Defender's Office in the District of Columbia. Prior to entering law school, Mike worked as a legal assistant for the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City. While in law school, Mike also worked for the Washington, D.C. law office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom. Mike is very active at his church, Grace Community Church, in Arlington, VA, where he serves as a guitarist and worship leader.

Meghan Shapiro, previously of counsel with the firm, has transitioned out of the area, into a capital trial office in Louisiana (where she has already started to make her mark).  If you need to get in touch with Meghan, please contact us.

 

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