• Summary
  • Education
  • Bar Admissions
  • Speaking Engagements
  • Professional Associations
  • Testimonials
  • Pro Bono Activities
  • About Andrew Cornick, a Fredericksburg Criminal Defense Lawyer

    Experience, Knowledge, & Compassion when You Are Facing Criminal Charges

    I am Virginia attorney Andy Cornick, and for the past 12 years, I have devoted my career to the practice of criminal law. I have defended clients accused of DUI/DWI, first-degree murder, and everything in between. I am also a former prosecutor whose experience on the other side of the courtroom is an added benefit to my clients.

    • You can count on me to provide the following:
    • The personal, one-on-one representation you deserve from a lawyer
    • Communication and availability
    • The experience that allows me to predict opportunities and pitfalls in your case
    • Dedicated guidance throughout the duration of your legal matter
    • A team of partners and associates to deliver the big-firm power you need

    Professional Background

    There are many factors that separate the best attorneys from the rest, and their level of experience is key. For the last 12 years, I have made near-daily appearances in courtrooms throughout Virginia to handle exclusively criminal law matters. As a former prosecutor for the City of Fredericksburg, I handled offenses ranging from first-time DUI to murder, and everything in between. In my role as a special prosecutor for Hanover, Spotsylvania, and Stafford Counties, I continued to sharpen my skills by taking on challenging criminal cases.

    In addition to my law practice, I am proud to serve as Chair of the Sixth District Disciplinary Committee of the Virginia State Bar, as well as on the Executive Council of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. I have committed my career not just to the rights of my clients, but to the rights of the criminally accused throughout Virginia.

    How I Got Started

    Before I went to law school I worked at a law firm, delivering paperwork to other offices and researching title for real estate transactions. The work was not very exciting.

    One of the attorneys took on a case defending Joe (not his real name) on a charge of robbery from a motel. The firm was not one that typically took on criminal cases, but for some reason they took Joe’s. I was intrigued and convinced my boss to let me work the case.

    I worked hard to find and interview potential witnesses, serve subpoenas, and discuss the defense as he developed it. I got to watch the trial and was hooked from there. I never wanted to do anything other than try cases in court.

    Almost without exception, the attorneys at that firm told me it would be impossible to sustain a practice doing nothing but criminal defense. I am happy to have blown that pessimism out of the water.

    • I always strive to provide the representation you or your loved one needs, when you need it most. Do not hesitate to call Andrew J. Cornick at (540) 827-4446 today!
    • Education

    • University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, Virginia
      • J.D. - 2004
    • Radford University, Radford, Virginia
      • B.B.A. - 1998
    • Bar Admissions

    • Virginia, 2004
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2005
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2005
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, 2005
    • Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Testimonials

    • MY FAMILY IS VERY GRATEFUL FOR ALL THE HELP AND SUPPORT WE RECEIVED FORM MR. CORNICK.

    • His professionalism and dedication to his work is noteworthy of recognition. If you’re looking for someone who cares and really knows their job I Highly recommend Mr. Cornick. He will get the job down.
    • -Shawn
    • I'M EXTREMELY THANKFUL THAT I WAS INTRODUCED TO ANDY.

    • Having never interacted with a lawyer before meeting with him I was very hesitant and nervous to talk to and exchange personal information with one. I could not have made a better choice than hiring Andy. I never felt like he judged me or thought badly of me because of what I was charged with. One of my favorite things about him is that he speaks to you in a way that normal people speak, uses language that is easy to understand and always explains things in depth to make sure you understand them all while maintaining a professional, friendly demeanor. He always gave me solid details of any interaction he had with other folks involving my case (previous lawyers/prosecutor etc). He is always very fast at responding to e-mails and scheduling meetings with you. In fact, he attended a polygraph testing with me when he didn't really need to just to make me feel more comfortable and less nervous with the procedure. Overall, I couldn't be any happier with Andy than I am and wouldn't hesitate to retain him for anything in the future.
    • -Jess
    • I FELT SO CONFIDENT HAVING MR. CORNICK AS MY ATTORNEY...AND WITH GOOD REASON...HE WAS ABLE TO GET ME A BETTER DEAL THAN I COULD HAVE IMAGINED!

    • Mr. Cornick helped me get through a tough situation where I could have potentially gone to jail. He was easy to get in contact with, was very understanding and provided me with a sense of security throughout the entire court proceedings. I felt so confident having Mr. Cornick as my attorney...and with good reason...he was able to get me a better deal than I could have imagined! I highly recommend him to anyone facing a charge that could change their life.
    • -DW
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    • Pro Bono Activities

    • Rappahannock Area Alcohol Safety Action Program Policy Board, 2012 - Present
    • Chair, Virginia State Bar Sixth District Disciplinary Committee, 2012 - Present
    • Speaking Engagements

    • Roll Call Training, Fredericksburg Police Department, 2006 - 2009
    • 2015 Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Conference, panelist in a segment "Analyzing a Disciplinary Case: The Adjudicator's Perspective"

My Firm’s Philosophy

My goal is to empower my clients. You will know everything you need to know to make the best decision you can about how to proceed. We will discuss every aspect of your case in as much detail as necessary to keep you in command of your options.

Strategic & Tactical Defense for Criminal Charges

I handle criminal cases and appeals throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, including: