Cody Villalon is a criminal defense attorney who treats every client with dignity and compassion. He possesses more than 10 years of legal experience, has defended more than 1,000 cases, and has spent more than 5,000 hours in court. He currently represents clients accused of violent offenses and DUIs, and he specializes in serious criminal charges.
Mr. Villalon understands that facing criminal charges can be scary and overwhelming. You need an experienced defense attorney who will not be intimidated and who will level the playing field in court. You also need someone with genuine compassion to help guide you through such a difficult time.
“No matter where people come from or what they are accused of doing, everyone deserves respect. I believe in the Constitution, and we are all guaranteed rights under the law. Our rights only exist as long as there are people that are willing to defend them. I am proud of the work I do. Being a defense attorney is not just a job to me — it is what I do to serve our community and to fight for the type of world I want my own children to live in.”
Mr. Villalon represents clients accused of burglary, assault, murder, attempted murder, domestic violence, and a wide variety of other criminal charges. He is highly professional and well-respected by prosecutors and judges. Therefore, he is able to skillfully and aggressively defend his clients. He understands that the stakes are high, because a criminal conviction can affect the rest of your life. It can have a disastrous impact on your employment, family, education, and fundamental liberty. The Commonwealth of Virginia has trained law enforcement officers, expert witnesses, and career prosecutors that are prepared to oppose you in court.
“There are few feelings more thrilling than hearing the words ‘not guilty’. I love going to trial, arguing cases, and creating the legal strategy leading up to it. I also recognize that my duties as a lawyer extend beyond the courtroom. I take my role as a Counselor at Law seriously. All of my clients are unique, and I work hard to understand their particular needs. I often encounter clients who are facing more than just legal problems and who are genuinely suffering. I take a more holistic approach and try to encourage strategies that help them get their lives going in a better direction. I genuinely care. That’s a point of pride for me.”
Why Clients Choose Me?
Mr. Villalon serves clients in Chesterfield, Richmond, Henrico, Petersburg, Hanover, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Prince George, Goochland, New Kent, Caroline, Louisa, Amelia, Nottoway, Lunenburg, and other geographic locations. The son of social workers, he learned from a young age the value of hard work and helping people in need. As a defense attorney, he is exceptionally skilled and committed to his practice. His strengths include:
- Effective at trial
- Exclusively practices criminal and traffic defense
- Honest, straightforward advice
- Skilled negotiator
- Solo practitioner (cases will never be given to another attorney)
- Reasonable flat-rate prices, no guessing
- Compassionate advocacy
- Confident and experienced in the courtroom
- Committed to prompt return of calls and emails.
In his free time, Mr. Villalon loves spending time with his wife and two children. He’s a big classic movie and foreign film buff, and he enjoys playing music. He has collected more than 20 guitars and is a lover of jazz. Mr. Villalon is also a huge hockey fan, and his favorite team is the Washington Capitals.
- University of Richmond School of Law (2009)
J.D., Magna Cum Laude
- Virginia Commonwealth University (2006)
B.S. in Sociology, Magna Cum Laude
Bar & Professional Memberships
- Virginia State Bar (2009)
- Chesterfield County Bar Association Member (2019 – Present)
- Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2018 – 2020)