Hemenway Law is a law firm specializing in Criminal Law.

Michael T. Hemenway, BA., M.ED., JD
Charlotttesville, VA

Education: Case Western Reserve University School of Law JD 1985

Legal Experience:

1986: Assistant District Attorney, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Criminal Prosecutor - prosecuted felonies and misdemeanors (variety of cases involving "street" crimes, from DUI to Assaults/Weapons charges

1987-1989: Assistant Attorney General of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM
Prosecutions Unit - handled major white collar crimes, including large felony fraud cases and multi-week jury trials. Also, special prosecutor for New Mexico Horse Racing Commission - focused on major doping controversy involving large numbers of horse trainers, and other fraud-related activity within the horse racing industry.

1990-1992: Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, Charlottesville, Virginia
Prosecutor, handled all drug related felony cases in the City of Charlottesville, VA

1993-1996: Dygert & Hemenway, Charlottesville, Virginia
General legal practice (civil and criminal law) in Charlottesville law firm.

1996-Present: Hemenway Law Firm, Charlottesville, Virginia

  • Law practice specializing in criminal defense.
  • Handles cases in local, state and federal courts throughout
    central Virginia
  • Has tried more than 500 cases - from DUI to Capital Murder
  • Practice in U.S. District Court (federal) involves many Drug Conspiracy cases
  • Court martial practice in United States Military Court
  • Active appeals practice - state and federal
  • Extensive experience, both bench (trial by judge) and
    jury trials
  • Experienced in writs of Habeas Corpus

Other activities:

1992: Served on Drug Advisory Board
Community board comprised of citizens, city administration, and law enforcement to address drug problems in Charlottesville.

1998: Was a founding board member of the Charlottesville-Albermarle Drug Court which serves as a legal alternative for (qualified) drug addicts who are arrested on felony drug charges. Combines formal court process with serious counseling and regular meetings with circuit court judge.


Michael T. Hemenway has extensive experience as a trial attorney, both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney. As a prosecutor he has had a unique look at the procedures used by police and has had a great deal of professional contact with the law enforcement community - including local, state and federal agents and prosecutors. He has worked closely with street officers, detectives, evidence technicians and experts, the FBI, ATF, and DEA. As a defense attorney for the last 20 years, Mr. Hemenway has spent endless hours in court, and with people accused of crimes and their families. He not only knows all the legal ramifications of being accused of a crime, but he also understands the devastating emotional and financial impact that criminal charges can bring to the families and loved ones of a person charged with a criminal offense. Simply put, retaining an experienced, knowledgeable attorney is essential for anyone accused of a crime.