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About Pleasant S. Brodnax, III

A skilled courtroom advocate and negotiator, Pleasant 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.

Mr. Brodnax’s diverse representations have included 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.

Pleasant 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. Some of his most significant successes have come in cases where he has been able to prevent or limit a prosecution of his client.

In 2008, Pleasant was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has repeatedly been recognized by the Washingtonian Magazine as one of “Washington’s Best Lawyers”. He has also been recognized by Thomson-Reuters’ D.C. “Super Lawyers” and the prestigious “Best Lawyers in America” lists.

Bar Associations

Judicial Independence Committee, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2018 to Present

DC State Committee, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2018 to Present

DC Circuit Representative, U.S. Sentencing Commission, 2019 to Present

Virginia Standing Committee for Lawyer Discipline, Vice-Chair, 2019 to Present

Virginia Disciplinary Board, Member, 2009-2016, Chair, 2013-2014

Committee on Grievances, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 2009 to 2015, Vice Chair, 2014-2015

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers


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)