Hyatt Browning Shirkey

Hyatt Browning Shirkey

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  • The Ohio State University, Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Columbus, Ohio
    • Juris Doctorate - 06/2010
  • Liberty University
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science - 2007
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: National Honor Society in Psychology, Member
    • Honors: American Debate Association National Championship, Tie for First Place
    • Honors: Cross-Examination Debate Association National Championship, Third Place
    • Honors: Student Court, Student Representative on the University's Disciplinary Review Board
    • Major: Psychology
    • Major: Relationships

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Christian Legal Society, Treasurer
  • Public Service Fellowship, Volunteer
  • National College Paralegal Studies Program, Chair
  • General Counsel for Fathers for the Fatherless, Volunteer

Past Positions

  • Fathers for the Fatherless, General Counsel (pro bono) (04/2012—Present) ,  In-house legal counsel regarding non-profit corporation law, immigration law, and international law
  • Roanoke City Office of the Public Defender, Assistant Public Defender (04/2011—08/2014)
  • National College, Paralegal Studies Program Director and Instructor (02/2011—02/2012)
  • Hon. James L. Graham, Judge, U.S. Dist. Ct. for the S. Dist. of Ohio, Summer Extern (05/2009—08/2009)

Published Works

  • The Royal Society Publishing
  • Last Attorney to the Jury Box Is a Rotten Egg: Overcoming Psychological Hurdles in the Order of Presentation at Trial, Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law (OSJCL), Production Editor, Cited in the Connecticut Law Review (2012), Cited in NYU School of Law Research Paper 11-76
  • Protecting Your Internet Activity at Home and in the Office, Virginia Lawyer Magazine, 2018
  • The Augmented and Virtual Practice of Law, Virginia Lawyer Magazine, 2016

Professional Associations

  • National College Paralegal Studies Program, American Bar Association accreditation, Chair
  • Sub-Committee Chair: Virginia State Bar Committee on Technology and the Practice of Law
  • Roanoke County/Salem Bar Association

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Guardian ad litem for Children
  • Guardian ad litem for Incapacitated Adults
  • Indigent Defense Counsel, Adult Felonies and Misdemeanors
  • Indigent Defense Counsel, Juvenile Felonies and Misdemeanors
  • Researcher by the Congressional Research Service

Current Employment Position

  • President

Practice Areas

  • Consumer Protection
  • Traffic Defense
  • Civil Law
  • Juvenile And Domestic Relations District Court JDR
  • Criminal Law And DUI Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • Virginia Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia


  •’s Choice Award (2016-2019)
  • Super Lawyer’s Magazine--Rising Star (2018-2020)
  • AI Magazine-2017’s Leading Adviser in Consumer Law—Virginia
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys—Top 10 Attorneys Under 40 (2018-2019)

Representative Cases

  • Virginia Court of Appeals: Commonwealth v. Ray, Record No. 0975-19-3 (2019)
  • Virginia Court of Appeals: Jones v. Commonwealth, 0281-18-3 (2019)