A skilled courtroom advocate and negotiator, Pleasant Brodnax specializes in federal criminal litigation. Pleasant is a former Virginia Assistant Attorney General and has 25 years of courtroom experience.
Mr. Brodnax understands the importance of early preparation as the government’s investigation is directed at his client’s activities. Whether the grand jury is led by an independent counsel or an assistant U.S. attorney, his defense starts from the initial client contact. His recent cases have involved allegations of bribery and gratuities and other fraudulent conduct related to government contracting, mortgage lending, health care and labor certification.
He has also defended against charges alleging export control violations, money laundering and federal narcotics offenses. He has been qualified as federal death penalty counsel in the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and the Eastern District of Virginia. Former clients include local political and elected officials and professional athletes.
Since 2009, the Washingtonian Magazine has named him one of “Washington’s Top Lawyers”, among the “elite criminal defenders to help dig you out of trouble with the law”. He has been selected for inclusion in D.C. Super Lawyers from 2010 to 2014.
Mr. Brodnax is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has served as a member of the College’s D.C. State Committee. Fellowship in the College is extended only by invitation to experienced trial lawyers and is limited to no more than one percent of the lawyers in each state.
Mr. Brodnax currently serves as vice-chair of the Committee on Grievances in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and as past chair of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board.