CRIMINAL LAW - Paul G. Beers
- November 23, 2009
Paul G. Beers
Glenn, Feldmann, Darby & Goodlatte
Other legal specialties: Employment law, commercial litigation
Birthplace: Coventry, Conn.
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Trinity College; master’s in international affairs, Columbia University; law degree, Washington & Lee University
Current professional activities: Member, National Employment Lawyers Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Family: Married to Michelle Buonocore
Hobbies: Running, reading
Previous employer: Client Center Legal Services of Southwest Virginia (legal aid), 1986-1991
Favorite vacation spot: Mexico
Mentor: The late Roger Groot, Washington & Lee School of Law
What has been your most memorable case?
“Many felony cases result in plea agreements. Outright dismissals and acquittals represent the exception. My most memorable victories have been those involving warrantless searches and seizures. The stakes are always high for the criminal defendant, but cases involving unlawful searches, invalid warrants or police misconduct implicate fundamental privacy issues that are vital to model citizens and wrongdoers alike. Criminal defense lawyers play an indispensable role in protecting these important rights from erosion.”
What advice do you have for a young attorney considering criminal law?
“Read the cases as they come down from federal and state appellate courts. Lags frequently exist between the date of judicial opinions reinterpreting statutes or announcing new legal principles and the actual implementation of those revisionist rulings at the trial court level. Lawyers sometimes are responsible for these lags because they fail to read appellate case law on a regular basis. Bringing recent decisions to the attention of trial judges is a critical function of both civil and criminal litigators.”