Eastern District of Virginia District Courthouse (EDVA)
The United States District Courthouse for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) is divided between four courthouses. Our office is located conveniently near the Alexandria Courthouse, located at the Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse, 401 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314.
The Rocket Docket
The jurisdiction is widely known as the “Rocket Docket” due to its speedy docket. The nickname is not a joke, as the jurisdiction routinely comes in at the top of the fastest jurisdictions in the country. It is also run by strictly enforced local rules that are unique to the jurisdiction.
For these reasons, time is of the essence. If you are a civil plaintiff, you need to have your case together and ready to go prior to filing suit. This is not a jurisdiction where you can put your case together during a lengthy discovery and motion practice schedule. Here, you need to be ready from day one.
Similarly, a potential civil litigant in the jurisdiction who receives a demand letter, notice of suit, or legal hold letter should immediately retain counsel to begin working through the evidence and potential claims.
The criminal side is similar. The docket moves quickly, judges deny continuance requests as a matter of course, and the time-line is condensed. A defendant is well advised to retain counsel who can begin working with investigators and prosecutors from the Office of the United States Attorney for EDVA before an information or indictment.
Our EDVA Practice
Our attorneys have handled complex criminal and civil cases in the EDVA. We also handle driving offenses including reckless driving and driving while intoxicated that take place on the George Washington Parkway or nearby military installations, which often end up in EDVA.
Additionally, we routinely serve as local counsel for in-house counsel and attorneys from other jurisdictions. The EDVA requires a local counsel for each step of the process.
If you have a case or potential matter in the EDVA, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.