Rocco Columbus | Randal, Page & Bruch, PC
Rocco Columbus moved to Newport News in 1987 and has lived in Virginia ever since, with most of that time spent in Tidewater. After graduating from William and Mary in 2002 with a government major, he attended law school at the University of Richmond and graduated in 2006. Rocco has spent his entire career in the criminal defense area, first as a prosecutor before moving over to the defense side. Over the last 10 years, he’s handled cases great and small.
He has practiced throughout Hampton Roads and Southern Virginia. In 2011 Rocco took his talents back to Virginia Beach and has remained in Hampton Roads. He practices law in Hampton Roads, Southside Virginia and the 1-95 Corridor. He has a wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Natalie. Rocco is a Pittsburgh born Steelers fan!
Jeff Martin | Tillotson & Martin, LLC
“Our firm is dedicated to representing DUI clients all over Virginia.”
Over a decade ago, our firm was asked by Thompson Reuters Westlaw to author an entirely new book in their authoritative series for Virginia judges and lawyers. We wrote Virginia DUI Law: Understanding the Scientific, Medical, Technological, and Legal Aspects of a DUI Case, (Vol. 16, Virginia Practice Series) and continue to update it every year as new laws and cases come out. I was the first and am currently one of only two attorneys in Virginia with an American Chemical Society (ACS) Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation as recognized by the Chemistry and the Law Division of ACS. This training and designation mean that I understand the science of blood testing for DUI, DUI-drug, and solid drug cases.
We train other attorneys in DUI Defense. We teach Virginia attorneys DUI Testing: Breath, Blood, and Field Sobriety Tests. In addition, we host the only EC/IR II Breath Test Seminar in Virginia to educate judges and attorneys about the limitations of breath testing on the Intox EC/IR II. I am trained on the EC/IR II and we own the Intox EC/IR. Recently, our firm discovered that Virginia’s EC/IR II has not been operating properly since 2015. I am also trained on the NHTSA Field Sobriety Tests and completed classes in NHTSA’s DRE training (Drug Recognition Expert). I am a member of the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD), DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA), Forensic Chromatography Lawyers (ChromLawyers), and Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (VACDL).
My Bachelor of Sciences degree in Biology from Towson University helps me in my work with the scientific and medical aspects of DUI. I graduated Summa Cum Laude with extensive course work in physiology and chemistry, and with a host of awards and scholarships. I participated in original research and worked at the University’s anatomy & physiology lab. I was also a trauma tech at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma (MIEMSS) in the Critical Care and Intensive Care Units.
Eric Shamis | King Campbell Poretz Mitchell, PLLC
Eric Shamis is a partner at the law firm King, Campbell, Poretz & Mitchell, PLLC, where he focuses his practice on criminal defense and DUI defense. Prior to entering private practice, Eric was a prosecutor with the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office for over eight years. During that time, he tried over seventy-five jury trials, and hundreds of bench trials. The criminal cases he handled were some of the most complex and important within Loudoun County over the past decade. He handled jury trials involving charges of murder, manslaughter, robbery, burglary, felony assault, illegal firearm possession, drug distribution, drug possession, DUI, felony DUI, reckless driving, and domestic assault, amongst others.
During his time as a prosecutor Eric specifically focused on handling DUI and traffic-related criminal offenses. Between 2017 and 2020 he was part of a small team of attorneys who handled nearly all the fatal traffic-related criminal cases in Loudoun County. Between 2014 and 2017 he handled the specialized “DUI blood docket” in Loudoun County, containing serious accident cases, and involving the most complex DUI legal issues. For the last four years Eric has been a part of the faculty in the “Defending DUI and Serious Traffic Cases” live seminar in Fairfax, which teaches DUI and traffic law to northern Virginia attorneys. As a prosecutor, Eric also regularly gave educational presentations to law enforcement officers on DUI and other criminal law topics.
Sean A. Sherlock | King Campbell Poretz Mitchell, PLLC
Sean A. Sherlock is a partner at King, Campbell, Poretz & Mitchell, PLLC, where he focuses his practice on criminal defense in the state and federal courts in Virginia, and civil litigation. Prior to re-entering private practice in 2018, Sean worked as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney in the City of Alexandria, where he tried jury trials on offenses ranging from drug possession to murder. Sean graduated cum laude from American University, Washington College of Law, in 2011. During law school he clerked for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Crime and Drugs Subcommittee. He has taught CLEs on various topics including electronic evidence, victimless prosecution of domestic violence cases, and Fourth and Fifth Amendment issues, at local and state-wide conferences. Sean was born in the City of Alexandria, and lives in the Beverly Hills neighborhood of Alexandria with his wife Christina and three lovely daughters.
Graziella Bianchi | Law Offices of Graziella Bianchi, PLLC
Ms. Bianchi is a seasoned trial attorney and has handled thousands of cases since she began practicing in Virginia. As a former Public Defender, she made a reputation for herself as an aggressive advocate for her clients. She is known for her innovative approach to cases. Ms. Bianchi is a graduate of St. Thomas University, School of Law, in Miami, Florida. While she attended St. Thomas, she won several awards. Most notably, she was selected as “Best Overall” in the intermural Moot Court Competition in 2004. In addition, she was an honor student and a member of the Moot Court and Mock Trial teams for the school. Ms. Bianchi represented St. Thomas as a team member in Florida as well as in Virginia.
Ms. Bianchi is fluent in Spanish, Italian and Sicilian and has been selected by her peers as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyer Magazine for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. In addition, she has an excellent rating on Avvo. She is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia and has consistently been selected for top honors in the practice area of Criminal Defense.