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About Pleasant S. Brodnax, III

A skilled courtroom advocate and negotiator, Mr. Brodnax specializes in federal criminal litigation. He is a former Virginia Assistant Attorney General and has over 30 years of courtroom experience.

Mr. Brodnax is a highly-regarded white-collar criminal defense attorney who regularly represents individual and corporate clients in criminal investigations and enforcement proceedings conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice and local Virginia prosecutors.

His representations include matters relating to the theft of trade secrets, antitrust laws, export-import violations, government contracting, bribery and gratuities laws, international trade, health care fraud and labor certification fraud. Mr. Brodnax has also provided criminal representation to elected and political officials and professional sports personalities.

Mr. Brodnax also gives back to the legal community through his volunteer bar activities.

  • Virginia State Bar Standing Committee for Lawyer Discipline (COLD), former vice chair
  • Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board, 2009-2016, chair 2013-2014
  • Committee on Grievances, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 2009-2015; vice-chair 2014-2015
  • D.C. Circuit Representative, Practitioner’s Advisory Group, U.S. Sentencing Commission, 2019-present
  • D.C. State Committee, American College of Trial Lawyers, vice-chair 2020-2022, chair, 2022-present
  • Judicial Independence Committee, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2019-present


Awards & Affiliations
    • Peer Rating
    • Super Lawyers
    • AVVO Rating
Bar Admissions
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, D.C.
  • U.S. District Court, EDVA
  • U.S. District Court, WDVA
  • U.S. District Court, Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • J.D., College of William & Mary
  • B.S., Hampton University
    • (magna cum laude)