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The Firm: David E. Boone

David Boone was named as a Virginia Super Lawyer in the field of Criminal Defense for 2012 by Super Lawyers magazine. This is the seventh year in a row that David Boone has been awarded this honor. See Profile

David Boone


As a young boy growing up in Northern Virginia, David E. Boone was fascinated with two television shows: Sky King and Perry Mason. One depicted a ranch owner who owned an airplane and flew to various adventures whereas the other featured a famed criminal defense attorney who relished the courtroom. Growing into adulthood, David emulated both. Today, David has logged over 3,000 hours flying his V tailed Bonanza to various locales around the country, including desolate islands in the Caribbean. And he has logged even more hours in courtrooms throughout Virginia and other states, defending people who have been accused of everything from murder to corporate fraud.

Education and Background

David graduated from George Mason University cum laude in 1970. He then attended Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island and was commissioned as an Ensign. By an Act of Congress, he was declared an Officer and a gentleman in March of 1971. Assigned to a destroyer, the USS Morton (DD-948), he spent two tours of duty in Vietnam providing ground support to both the Army and Marine Corps troops in addition to “plane guarding” for aircraft carriers.

Completing his Naval career as a Lieutenant in 1973, he entered the University of Richmond Law School, with an early completion in 1975. During this period, he also attended the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, where he studied trial tactics under some of the finest Barristers in England. Finishing at the top of his law school class, he was chosen to serve as a Law Clerk to Honorable D. Dortch Warriner, a United States District Judge in Richmond.

During his two-year tenure, David was published in the University of Richmond Law Review, having co-authored Privately Filed Discrimination Actions in Federal Courts: Non-Substantive Matters Affecting Liability and Relief. Completing the clerkship in 1978, he joined the Richmond law firm of Francis, Hubard, Tice and Warren. During his time there, David handled many of the criminal cases the firm accepted. Within a short period of time David was regarded by many as one of the best criminal defense attorneys in the Richmond area. Consequently, David left the firm in 1980, taking one of the partners with him to form Boone and Warren, which today has evolved into Boone Beale. Since 1980, Boone Beale has gained statewide fame in the fields of both DUI and Criminal defense.

Honors and Achievements.

Over the years, David has taken great pride in representing people from all walks of life that have been charged with various types of criminal offenses. In 1982, David was honored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People when he was presented with its prestigious Annual Freedom Fund Award, awarded to him as a result of his sensitivity and skill in defending Henrico County citizens.

In recent times, David has been named a Virginia Super Lawyer in Criminal Defense by Law & Politics in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and again in 2012. He was named a Virginia Legal Elite in Criminal Defense by Virginia Business Magazine in 2002, 2006 and 2007. David was also awarded an “AV” Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest rating only awarded to less than one percent of lawyers nationwide. Richmond’s Style Weekly, in an article spotlighting the best criminal defense attorneys in the Richmond area, has characterized him as a “crocodile in the courtroom.” Additionally, David is often chosen by various attorney groups throughout the state to speak about areas of concern to criminal defense attorneys.

Memberships and Associations

David is a member of the Virginia Bar, the United States District Court for both the Eastern and Western Districts, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

In addition to practicing Criminal Defense exclusively since 1980, David has also acted as an Adjunct Professor at both the University of Richmond and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, teaching criminal law as well as legal research.

Contact David today at or 804-780-1111 to discuss your case.