Bradley R. Haywood

Bradley R. Haywood | Attorney

Office: (703) 691-8410
Mobile: (703) 909-6492



  • Columbia Law School, Juris Doctor
  • University of Michigan, B.A., Philosophy
  • 14 years of criminal defense experience
  • Over 300 trials, including over thirty juries
  • Extensive appellate and habeas experience
  • Death penalty certified by Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Professor of law and lecturer on advanced criminal justice topics
  • Client-centered practice
  • Avvo 10.0 rated
  • Super Lawyers, Virginia 2016 & 2017
  • Founder of Justice Forward Virginia

A former public defender, Bradley Haywood is tireless advocate for the defense, committed to passionate, aggressive, client-centered representation both inside and outside of the courtroom. His education, experience and dedication set him apart as uniquely equipped to achieve the best possible results in all trial and post-conviction cases, whether as minor as traffic infractions and public intoxication, or as serious as complex white collar crimes, federal drug conspiracies, and violent offenses such as rape, robbery or murder. Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 9.01.04 PM

Education and Experience

Brad Haywood graduated from Columbia Law School where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar and Charles Evans Hughes Fellow, and served as Managing Editor for the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. After finishing law school, he began employment with the Office of the Public Defender in Alexandria, VAIMG_3770. During his eight years as a public defender, he handled thousands of criminal and traffic cases and represented clients in hundreds of trials and dozens of criminal appeals, securing three reversals.

Haywood joined SFH in January 2012, and since then has appeared in state and federal courts throughout Virginia, including in Alexandria, Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William, Loudoun, Norfolk, Suffolk, Lexington, Charlottesville and Waynesboro. In addition, he has been certified by the Commonwealth of Virginia to defend death penalty cases, and has represented clients in six different capital murder prosecutions, not to mention several other high-profile non-capital matters. Since entering private practice, Haywood has quickly developed a reputation for superior representation in complex, serious and media-involved prosecutions, as well as post-conviction claims such as clemency, reconsideration, and petitions for writs of habeas corpus alleging ineffective assistance of counsel.

Haywood frequently serves as a lecturer on advanced criminal justice topics, having presented twice at the Virginia Bar Association Capital Defense Workshop (cell phone forensics, challenging informant (“snitch”) testimony), and twice at the Robert E. Shepherd Juvenile Law and Education Conference at the University of Richmond School of Law (false confessions, juvenile trial advocacy), in addition to speaking engagements at local CLEs and the Hugh Wooding Law School in Port of Spain, Trinidad (“The American Jury System”). Most recently, Mr. Haywood had the honor of lecturing to his former colleagues at the Virginia Public Defender Conference in Hampton, VA, in the Fall of 2016.

Screen Shot 2014-11-30 at 1.56.35 PMIn recent years, Haywood has also worked in academia as an Adjunct Professor of Law at American University, Washington College of Law, teaching trial advocacy to aspiring defense attorneys. He maintains a 10.0 rating on Avvo, and in 2016 and 2017 was acknowledged by Super Lawyers magazine as among the best criminal defense attorneys in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

In 2017, Mr. Haywood founded Justice Forward Virginia, a political action committee dedicated to promoting criminal justice reform in the Commonwealth. Outside of his law practice, Mr. Haywood enjoys traveling and is an avid home remodeler.

Practice Areas

Criminal misdemeanors

  • Assault & harassment: assault and battery, domestic violence, phone threats, violations of protective orders, stalking
  • Property crimes: trespass, unlawful entry, destruction of property, vandalism, petit larceny, shoplifting
  • Public order: public intoxication, disorderly conduct, obstruct justice/resisting arrest, indecent exposure, contributing to delinquency of a minor
  • Drugs & alcohol: possession of marijuana, distribution of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, underage possession of alcohol
  • Weapons violations: possession of concealed weapon, brandishing, unlawful discharge of a firearm


  • Narcotics & firearms: possession of drugs, drug distribution, drug manufacturing, unlawful possession/sale of firearms
  • Property & fraud crimes: burglary, destruction of property, grand larceny, credit card theft/fraud, uttering, ID theft
  • Violent crimes: robbery, malicious wounding, unlawful wounding, manslaughter, murder
  • Sex offenses: rape, aggravated sexual battery, child sex crimes, child pornography
  • White collar: embezzlement, counterfeiting, wire/bank fraud, structuring, tax evasion, insurance fraud, money laundering
  • Conspiracies, racketeering; terrorism; state and federal investigations


  • Misdemeanors: driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, revoked/suspended license, no valid operator’s license, hit & run
  • Infractions: speeding, sign violations, expired tags

Juvenile delinquency

– Post-conviction & civil rights

  • Criminal appeals
  • Habeas corpus: ineffective assistance of counsel, due process
  • Motions to set aside the verdict, expungements, pardon applications
  • Civil rights: excessive force, unlawful arrest, unlawful detention/false imprisonment


  • University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI; B.A. Philosophy, 1998
  • Columbia Law School – New York, NY; J.D. 2003; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Charles Evans Hughes Fellow


  • Virginia, 2003
  • District of Columbia, 2010
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Notable Cases

  • Kim v. Director, Va. Dept. of Corr’s,103 F. Supp. 3d 749 (2016) (petition for certiorari pending in U.S. Supreme Court)
  • Commonwealth v. Turner, 65 Va. App. 312 (2015)
  • Commonwealth v. Brown, 79 Va. Cir. 659 (Alexandria 2007) (plea agreement enforced)
  • Commonwealth v. Orellana, Alexandria Cir. Ct. Case No. 12000052 (2012) (motion to set aside conviction and 28-year sentence vacated)
  • Commonwealth v. Mack Wood, Arlington Cir. Ct. Case No. CR13-984 et al (2014) (plea agreement avoiding death penalty)
  • Moore v. Commonwealth, 2013 Va. App. LEXIS 67 (2013)
  • Nunez v. Commonwealth, 2007 Va. App. LEXIS 132 (2007)
  • Rivas v. Commonwealth, 51 Va. App. 507 (2008)
  • Wilson v. Commonwealth, Rec. No. 0084-07-4 (Va. Ct. App. 2007) (conviction reversed and remanded)