Michael HuYoung
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Michael HuYoung


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Richmond, Virginia
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Mr. HuYoung has been practicing law since 1982.  He is licensed to practice in all of the State and Federal Courts in the Commonwealth of Virginia and in the United States Supreme Court.  He has devoted his practice to Criminal Law, Traffic Law, Family Law and Juvenile Law.  

Professional Experience:

  • Director and Shareholder, Barnes & Diehl, P.C. (1995 – present)
  • Chairman, Criminal Litigation Section, Barnes & Diehl, P.C. (1995 – present)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Richmond School of Law
  • Managing Partner, The Law Firm of Michael HuYoung, P.C. (1986-1995)
  • Associate, The Law Offices of Richard R. Ryder (1982-1986)

Education: 

  • University of Richmond (J.D., 1982)   
  • University of Virginia (B.A. with Distinction, 1979)

Official Appointments

  • Appointment by the Governor to the Criminal Justice Services Board for the Commonwealth of Virginia (2019-2022) 

Academy, Awards & Honors:  

  • Recipient of the Clarence M. Dunnaville, Jr. Achievement Award sponsored by the Diversity Conference of the Virginia State Bar (2019)
  • Board of Governors of the Virginia Law Foundation (2017-Current)
  • Fellow, The Virginia Law Foundation (Top 1% of Lawyers in Virginia) (2010-Current)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America – The Trial Lawyers Honor Society (Top ½ % of 1% of Lawyers in America) (2012-Current)
  • Selected to the Thomas A. Mesereau Cup Nominating Committee, The Trial Law        Institute, and the Diversity Law Institute of Litigation Counsel of America (2014-Current)
  • The Best Lawyers in America: Richmond White-Collar Criminal Defense              Lawyer of the Year (2012) 
  • The Best Lawyers in America, The Best Lawyers in America Publication  (2009-Current)
  • Virginia Super Lawyer,Richmond Magazine and Politics & Law Magazine (2008-Current) (Profiled Lawyer in 2014)
  • Virginia’s Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine (2001-Current) (Profiled Criminal Defense Attorney in 2001)
  • Martindale Hubbell – AV Rating in Criminal Law and Family Law (2002-Current)
  • Richmond Times Dispatch Readers’ Choice Attorneys for 2014 (Voted by the Public)
  • Leader in the Law 2010,  Virginia Lawyers Weekly
  • Virginia Bar Association’s Board of Governors (2014-2017)
  • Virginia Bar Association (Criminal Law Council – 2011-2016; Chair of the Criminal Law Section – 2011-2013; Member 2011-Current)
  • Virginia State Bar Executive Committee (2015-2016)
  • Virginia State Bar Council (2010-2016)
  • Virginia State Bar Law School Professionalism Program (Faculty, 2011-2015)
  • Virginia State Bar’s Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course Faculty, Invited to serve by Chief Justice Leroy R. Hassell, Sr. of the Virginia Supreme Court in conjunction the Virginia State Bar (2008-2011) 
  • Virginia State Bar Diversity Conference (Chair – 2011-2012; Board of Governors – 2010-2016; Member 2010-Current)
  • Virginia CLE (Continuing Legal Education) Faculty and Author (2014-Current)
  • Virginia Criminal Justice Conference Member (Steering Committee – 2005-2017; Co-Chair 2007-2009)
  • Advisory Committee of the Virginia General Assembly’s Joint Commission on Technology (JCOTS) studying legislative computer crime bills introduced       during the 2013 Session and referred to JCOTS for study
  • Appointed to Study Committee of the Virginia Model Jury Instructions Committee for the Drafting a Model Jury Instruction on Eyewitness Testimony (2013)
  • Governor’s Task Force for Drafting New Legislation pursuant to the United States Supreme Court’s Decision in Melendez-Diaz to present to the Special Session of the General Assembly (2009)
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Board of Governors (2008-2011)
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Member (Chairman of Criminal Law Section, Representative to the Crime Commission of the General Assembly, Criminal Legislation Committee, Chairman of Public Service Committee, Continuing Legal Education Committee, and Annual Convention Committee) (2008-2011)
  • Appointed to the Virginia State Bar Task Force on Diversity (2008-2010)
  • Board of Directors for the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia (APABA-VA) (2008-2014)
  • Recipient of the Award of Excellence from APABA-VA (2008)
  • Board of Directors, Law School Association at the University of Richmond (2005-2008)
  • Style Weekly, Richmond’s Best and Brightest Attorneys (1987)
  • Honor Court, University of Richmond Law School (1980-1982)

Presentations, Engagements & Publications:

  • Virginia Law and Practice: A Handbook for Attorneys (2019 Edition), updating and rewriting Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Chapters (Virginia CLE)
  • Carrico Moot Court Competition, Judge of Semi-Final Round, University of Richmond Law School (March 2019)
  • Diversity and the Law, Panel Presentation at the Virginia Bar Association Symposium: Diversity in the Legal Profession, University of Richmond School of Law (Richmond, Virginia – 2018)
  • Ten Unique and Creative Defenses to Avoid a DUI Conviction, Virginia Continuing Legal Education (CLE), International Destination CLE Program,  (Florence, Italy – 2017)
  • Anatomy of a Criminal Trial in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, General District Court, Circuit Court, Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court, Virginia Trial Lawyers’ Association Annual Criminal Law Seminar, Chair and Moderator (Richmond, Virginia – 2017)
  • Where The Action Is, General District Court Criminal Practice, authored and presented at the Virginia Trial Lawyers’ Association Annual Criminal Law Seminar (Richmond, Virginia – 2017)
  • No Mulligan’s Here!,  Circuit Court Criminal Practice, authored and presented at the Virginia Trial Lawyers’ Association Annual Criminal Law Seminar (Richmond, Virginia – 2017)
  • Colonial Classic Mock Trial Competition at the College of William & Mary, Presiding Judge (Williamsburg, Virginia – 2016)
  • Picking the Right Jury and Avoiding the Wrong One, Panelist, Richmond Bar Association (Richmond, Virginia – 2016) 
  • Virginia Law and Practice: A Handbook for Attorneys (2016 Edition), updating and rewriting Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Chapters (Virginia CLE)
  • Community Policing Forum, Speaker and Panelist, sponsored by the Alliance for Unitive Justice (Richmond Police Academy – April 20, 2016)
  • Rule of Law Program for Students at the Capitol, Virginia State Bar Diversity Conference and the Young Lawyer Conference (2010-Current)
  • Contempt of Court: A Lesson in Legal History, Panelist, Virginia CLE Ethics and Professionalism Program (Fairfax, Virginia – 2015)
  • Legal Jeopardy: Family Feuds and Offenses, Moderator of Judicial Panel Presentation at The Virginia Bar Association’s Summer Meeting at The Greenbrier (White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia – 2014)
  • The Ethics of Equality: A Lawyer’s Professional Responsibility, co-authored with Isaac B. McBeth, Esquire, of Rawls McNelis & Mitchell, and presented at The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Annual Convention at The Homestead (Hot Springs, Virginia – 2014)
  • Video presentation of Criminal Appellate Practice in Virginia and Evidence in Virginia for Virginia Continuing Legal Education’s (Virginia CLE) Mandatory Course for Out-of-State Attorneys Practicing in Virginia (2014)
  • Best Practices in Voir Dire, Panel Presentation for the City of Richmond Bar Association (Richmond, Virginia – 2012)
  • Use of Experts and Defenses in Internet Child Solicitation and Child Pornography Cases, co-presentation with Dr. Glenn E. Dardick, Ph.D., CCE, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Criminal Law Seminars (Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, and Fairfax, Virginia – 2012)
  • Exoneration: Writs of Actual Innocence (The Thomas Haynesworth Case), Moderator of the Criminal Law Section’s General Session Presentation at the Virginia Bar Association’s Summer Meeting at the Homestead (Hot Springs, Virginia – 2012)
  • Jeopardy on Appeal (Top Ten Pet Peeves of Judges of the Virginia Court of Appeals), Criminal Law and Domestic Relations Sections’ Joint CLE Presentation on Appellate Practice at the Virginia Bar Association’s Summer Meeting at the Homestead (Hot Springs, Virginia – 2012)
  • The Benefit of Diversity, Fellows’ Induction Speech at the Spring Conference of Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), The Trial Lawyers’ Honorary Society, at the Four Seasons Biltmore Resort (Santa Barbara, California – 2012)
  • Combating National Impact Financial Fraud in the Eastern District of Virginia, featuring U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Neil H. MacBride, Moderator of the Criminal Law Section’s CLE Presentation at the Virginia Bar Association’s Winter Meeting at the Williamsburg Lodge (Williamsburg, Virginia – 2012)
  • Hot Topics in Criminal Practice, presented at the Annual Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Paralegal Conference (Richmond, Virginia – 2011)
  • How Young Lawyers Reach Out to the Community:  The Benefits of Expanding the Pipeline, Panelist at the Increasing Diversity in the Legal Profession Conference at the University of Virginia School of Law (Charlottesville, Virginia – 2011)
  • Ethics: How to Represent Your Client and Not Go to Jail with Him, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Criminal Law Seminars (Richmond, Roanoke,     Norfolk, and Fairfax, Virginia – 2011)
  • Jury Voir Dire, Opening Statements, Closing Arguments, and Jury Instruction,   presented with Craig S. Cooley, Esquire, at the John Marshall Inns of Court         (Richmond, Virginia – 2011)
  • Surveillance in Litigation: Getting the Dirt While Keeping Your Hands Clean, Presenter at the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s 52nd Annual Convention at The Homestead (Hot Springs, Virginia – 2011)
  • The Bar Disciplinary Process, Speaker at the Carrico Professionalism Course (Charlottesville, Virginia- 2010)
  • Zealous Representation is Not Winning at All Costs, co-authored with David B. Hargett, Esquire, The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Vol. 21, No. 2 (2009)
  • The Authority to Take Sentencing Under Advisement Provides Circuit Judges with an Important Tool for Doing Justice in Criminal Cases, Presenter at Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s 50th Annual Convention (Williamsburg, Virginia – 2009)
  • Coach for Trial Advocacy Board (TAB) Mock Trial Competition Teams,    University of Richmond School of Law (2008-current)
  • Judge, Barnett Moot Court Competition, University of Richmond Law School (Richmond, Virginia – 2009-2013)
  • Judge, William B. Spong, Jr. Invitational Moot Court Competition at the William and Mary Law School (Williamsburg, Virginia – 2009-2010)
  • Do You Really Want to Put the Child on the Stand? Co-authored with John K. Karanian, Esquire, VBA News Journal. Vol. XXXV, No. 4 (Winter 2009)
  • Judge, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Regional Mock Trial Competition (2008-2010)
  • Criminal Law Update, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Solo and Small Firm Conference (Williamsburg, Virginia – 2008)
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions on Non-U.S. Citizens and the Visa Process, Virginia Alliance of Paralegal Associations and Local Government Paralegal Association, Joint Statewide Conference (Richmond, Virginia – 2008)
  • Effective Voir Dire in a Criminal Case:  Get the Jury Thinking, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Criminal Law Seminar (Fairfax, Virginia – 2008)
  • Presenter at The SANE/Forensic Nurse Evaluation: What Does It All Mean? Seminars (Richmond, Virginia – 2007-2008)
  • Criminal Issues Related to the Representation of Immigrants,Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Annual Paralegal Seminar (Richmond, Virginia – 2007)
  • Representing the Non-Citizen Criminal Defendant,Chesterfield County Bar CLE Program (Chesterfield, Virginia – 2006)
  • Immigration Consequences for the Non-Citizen Defendant, Panelist at the  Virginia Judicial Conference of General District Court Judges (Virginia Beach, Virginia – 2006)
  • The Non-Citizen Defendant in the Criminal Justice System: Special Challenges and Consequences, Panelist at the Virginia State Bar Annual Conference (Virginia Beach, Virginia – 2006)
  • Dangerous Intersection Ahead: When Criminal and Family Law Collide, Moderator at the Virginia State Bar Annual Conference (Virginia Beach, Virginia – 2005)
  • Confidentiality and Other Ethical Issues When Using Electronic Evidence Including Electronic Surveillance, co-authored with Brandy M. Poss, Esquire, Virginia State Bar Advance Family Law Seminar(Richmond, Virginia – 2004)
  • Ethics for the Criminal Practitioner, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Criminal Law  Seminars(Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, and Fairfax, Virginia – 2004)
  • Nuts and Bolts of Criminal Law, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Criminal Law Seminars (Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, and Fairfax, Virginia – 2002)

Current Bar Associations & Professional Appointments:

  • Virginia State Bar (Criminal Law Section)
  • Virginia Bar Association (Criminal Law Section)
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (Criminal Law Section)
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia (APABA-VA)
  • Henrico Bar Association
  • Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Bar Association
  • Metro Richmond Family Law Bar Association

Past Bar Associations & Professional Appointments:

  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Henrico Bar Association (Board of Directors, Liaison to the Courts Committee, and Chairman of the Court Docent Committee)
  • Old Dominion Bar Association
  • Richmond Bar Association
  • Richmond Criminal Bar

Appellate Cases (Published):

  • Mueller v. Murray, 252 Va. 356 ( 1996)
  • Tipton v. Commonwealth, 18 Va. App. 832 (1994)
  • Swinson v. Commonwealth, 16 Va. App. 923 (1993)
  • Stanley v. Commonwealth, 16 Va. App. 873 (1993)
  • Wood v. Commonwealth, 12 Va. App. 1257 (1991)
  • Hancock v. Commonwealth, 12 Va. App. 774 (1991)
  • Marshall v. Commonwealth, 5 Va. App. 248 (1987)
  • Speight v. Commonwealth, 4 Va. App. 83  (1987)
  • Speight v. Commonwealth, 2 Va. App. 140 (1986)

Appellate Cases (Unpublished):

  • United States v. Richardson, 51 Fed. Appx. 90 (4th 2002)
  • Barnes v. Commonwealth, Record No. 0564-01-2 (Ct. App. 2002)
  • Foley v. Commonwealth, Record No. 0977-96-2 (Ct. App. 1997)
  • Nguyen v. Commonwealth, Record No. 0211-95-2 (Ct. App. 1996)
  • Ortega v. Commonwealth, Record No. 0713-94-2 (Ct. App. 1996)
  • Amato v. City of Richmond, 78 F.2d 578 (4th Cir. 1996)
  • Moore v. Commonwealth, Record No. 2378-93-2 (Ct. of Appeals 1995)
  • Swinson v. Commonwealth, Record No. 0157-94-2 (Ct. App. 1995)
  • Burbbick v. Commonwealth, Record No. 0601-94-2 (Ct. App. 1995)

Civic & Other Activities:

  • FeedMore – Hunger Relief (Donor and Volunteer)
  • Wine Women and Shoes, Bon Secours Forensic Nurses  (Donor and Volunteer)
  • Best Friends – Animal Rescue (Guardian Angel)  
  • Cultural and Fine Arts Center at Glen Allen for Henrico County (Founding  and Sponsoring Member, Board of Directors (1995-2000)                          
  • Citizen Committee on Voting Rights for Henrico County (Past Member)
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