Denise Lunsford, Attorney
Denise’s practice focuses on criminal defense, family law, and business and employment law.
Denise graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee in 1987. She attended Washington & Lee School of Law in Lexington, Virginia, graduating in 1990. Denise began her legal career at MichieHamlett (then Michie, Hamlett, Lowry, Rasmussen & Tweel) in the Commercial Section where she was involved in business law, commercial transactions and commercial litigation. During her time at MichieHamlett, Denise served as a court-appointed attorney in criminal matters and developed substantial experience and a love for criminal law.
In 1997, Denise formed Denise Y. Lunsford, PC and served as defense counsel for people charged with a variety of matters from traffic infractions to capital murder in both state and Federal Courts. During this time, she co-founded the Virginia Mitigation Project and worked with attorneys to develop mitigation theories in capital cases.
Denise was elected to serve as Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney in 2007 and continued as such until 2015. Denise currently serves on the Bench-Bar Relations Committee of the Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association.
• Western District of Virginia
• Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
• United States Supreme Court
• Virginia State Bar
• Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association