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Michael HuYoung - Richmond, VA

6806 Paragon PlaceSuite 110 Richmond, VA 23230

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Updated: 10/20/2023

Richmond Criminal Law Lawyer


Michael HuYoung has practiced law in Virginia since 1982 and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is licensed to practice in all of the State and Federal Courts in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has attained the AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating. Mr. HuYoung was profiled as "one of the top criminal lawyers in Virginia" by Virginia Business Magazine in 2001. He has devoted his practice to Criminal Law, Traffic Law, Family Law and Juvenile Law.


Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • Virginia Supreme Court

Other Affiliations

  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America - The Trial Lawyers Honor Society (Top 1/2% of Lawyers in America)(2012-Current)
  • Fellow, The Virginia Law Foundation (Top 1% of Lawyers in Virginia)(2010-Current)
  • 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 Trial Lawyers Association (Board of Governors, 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)
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Board of Directors of the Law School Association at the University of Richmond
  • Henrico Bar Association (Board of Directors, Liaison to the Courts Committee, and Chairman of the Court Docent Committee) (Board of Directors, Liaison to the Courts Committee, and Chairman of the Court Docent Committee (2000-2004))
  • Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Bar Association
  • Metro Richmond Family Law Bar Association
  • Old Dominion Bar Association
  • Richmond Criminal Bar
  • 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 Bar Association
  • 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 (2014-Current)
  • Virginia Criminal Justice Conference (Steering Committee - 2005-Current; 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 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)
  • Board of Governors of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (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)

Classes and Seminars

  • Colonial Classic Mock Trial Competition at the College of William & Mary, Presiding Judge (Williamsburg – 2016)
  • Community Policing Forum, Speaker and Panelist, sponsored by the Alliance for Unitive Justice (April 20, 2016 at the Richmond Police Academy)
  • 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’s Springs, West 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)
  • 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 Williamsb
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

Pro Bono Activities

  • Best Friends – Animal Rescue (Guardian Angel)
  • Cultural and Fine Arts Center at Glen Allen Foundation for Henrico County (Founding and Sponsoring Member, Board of Directors (1995-2000)
  • Citizen Committee on Voting Rights for Henrico County, Member (2008)
  • St. Jude's Children's Hospital (Sponsor)

Past Positions

  • The Law Firm of Michael Hu Young, P.C. (1986-1995), Managing Partner
  • The Law Offices of Richard R. Ryder (1982-1986), Associate


  • University of Richmond, School of Law, Richmond, Virginia, 1982
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1979
    Honors: With Distinction


Accepts Credit Cards


Published Works

  • Virginia Law and Practice: A Handbook for Attorneys (2016 Edition), updating and rewriting Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Chapters, Virginia CLE
  • Co-Authored with Erik D. Baines, Esquire, Associate at Barnes & Diehl, P.C., the Updates and Revisions to the Criminal Law and Criminal Procedures Chapters in Virginia Law and Practice: A Handbook for Attorneys (2016 Edition) (Virginia CLE)
  • The Ethics of Equality: A Lawyer's Professional Responsibility, co-authored with Isaac B. McBeth, Esquire, of Rawls McNelis & Mitchell, Presented at the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association's Annual Convention (2009)
  • Do You Really Want to Put the Child on the Stand?, co-authored with John K. Karanian, Esquire, VBA News Journal (Focus on Family Law), Volume 35, Number 4 (Winter, 2009)
  • Zealous Representation is Not Winning at All Costs, co-authored with David B. Hargett, Esquire, The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Volume 21, Number 2 (2009)
  • Immigration Consequences for the Non-Citizen Defendant, Virginia State Bar, Annual Conference (2006)
  • Legal Ethics for the Criminal Practitioner, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Criminal Law Seminar (2004)
  • Confidentiality and Other Ethical Issues Raised When Using Electronic Evidence, Including Electronic Surveillance, Virginia State Bar, Advanced Family Law Seminar (2004)
  • Nuts & Bolts of Criminal Practice, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Criminal Law Seminar (2002)

Office Information


6806 Paragon PlaceSuite 110 Richmond, VA 23230


  • 804-762-9654


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Past Lists

  • 2023 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Virginia Super Lawyers list

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  • Award of Excellence, The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia (APABA-VA) (2008)
  • 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)
  • Richmond Times Dispatch Readers’ Choice Attorneys for 2014 (Voted by the Public)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Richmond White-Collar Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year (2012)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Publication (2009-Present)
  • Selected as a Leader in the Law, Virginia Lawyers Weekly (2010)
  • Virginia Super Lawyer by Richmond Magazine Law & Politics (2008-Present)
  • Virginia's Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine (2001-Present)
  • AV rating in Criminal and Family Law by Martindale Hubbell (2002-Present)
  • Voted in the top one percent of Trial Lawyers in America, Litigation Counsel of America (2012-Present)
  • Listed as a Top Criminal Defense Attorney in Richmond by Super Lawyer (Present)
  • Voted as one of the Richmond Times Dispatch Reader's Choice Attorneys (2014)
  • Voted Richmond's Best and Brightest Attorney by Style Weekly (1987)
  • Inducted as a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, a National Honorary Society for Trial Lawyers (2012)
  • Virginia's Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine profiled Criminal Attorney (2001)
  • Selected to Super Lawyers (2018-2019)
  • Recipient of the Clarence M. Dunnaville, Jr. Achievement Award sponsored by the Diversity Conference of the Virginia State Bar (2019)
  • Fellow, The Virginia Law Foundation (Top 1% of Lawyers in Virginia) (2010-Current)

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