AttorneyAugust McCarthy, Attorney at Law
- TodayJanuary 2007January 1999
English professorGeorge Mason University
- George Mason University, Arlington
George Mason UniversityJ.D.
- Goddard College, Plainfield
- University Of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va
University of VirginiaB.A.
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Focusing primarily on criminal and domestic relations cases, August McCarthy maintains a solo law practice in Warrenton, Virginia. He also provides legal representation in civil litigation and administrative law matters to clients throughout Northern Virginia. August McCarthy has successfully appealed a Board of Dentistry ruling through the Circuit Court and the Virginia Court of Appeals and successfully defended a case in which a prosecutor threatened to kill an owner’s dog based on an arcane Virginia statute. The Board of Dentistry case was featured on the front cover of Virginia Lawyers Weekly. He also succeeded in having a key criminal case dismissed, insisting on the strict compliance with statutory requirements the court demands of law enforcement under Virginia's implied consent statute. In addition, Mr. McCarthy prevailed in one of the state’s first ethnic harassment cases, which Virginia Lawyers Weekly also featured as a cover story.
In his pro bono work, August McCarthy represents victims of domestic abuse who often cannot afford an attorney, yet do not qualify for legal aid. An advocate of the underdog and the underrepresented, he treats each client with respect and dignity, earning his reputation for focusing on “one client at a time.” A member of the Fauquier County and Virginia Bar Associations, Mr. McCarthy holds admission to practice in federal bankruptcy courts, other federal courts, and all Virginia appellate courts. For the Fairfax courts, he serves as a conciliator, and for the Fauquier Circuit Court he serves as a neutral case evaluator.
Mr. McCarthy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy at the University of Virginia. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing at Goddard College in Vermont, where he wrote a novel about a rural Appalachian couple facing the loss of an unborn son. At George Mason University School of Law in Virginia, August McCarthy served as Editor of the Civil Rights Law Journal while completing his Juris Doctor. He also garnered first prize in a creative writing competition and published “The Lost Futures of Lead-Poisoned Children: Race-Based Damage Awards and the Limits of Constitutionality” in the school's Civil Rights Law Journal.