Having tried more than 50 jury trials to verdict, Graven brings a wealth of expertise to our clients. Graven’s clients have prevailed in many cases where they have claimed the natural right of self-defense during his twenty years of trial experience. For example, in September 2015, Graven successfully gained an acquittal for a client in a self defense case involving charges of malicious wounding, assault, and brandishing of a deadly weapon.
A lifelong Virginian, Graven grew up on a farm in the Charlottesville area learning to hunt and fish before matriculating to the University of Maryland, College Park where he was a varsity athlete. During college, Graven obtained an internship for the Hon. D. French Slaughter, Jr., (R) who was a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. Following college, Graven worked at the White House for our Nation’s 41st President, George H.W. Bush and then transitioned over to President Bush’s 1992 Reelection Committee. Following his time on Capitol Hill, Graven graduated from George Mason University’s Law School in 1997. During law school he worked in the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Alexandria, prosecuting misdemeanors and traffic matters. Following law school he moved to Louisa, Virginia, where he has practiced law ever since.