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Robert Saunders served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Hampton, Virginia, where he was responsible for prosecuting all levels of criminal charges and serious traffic offenses.  Since entering private practice in 1997, he has continued to center his practice in litigation and trial work, focusing his experience as a prosecutor on defending those charged with criminal and traffic offenses.

Robert Saunders was recognized again in 2018 for his outstanding contribution to his clients and the legal community.  The Attorney and Practice Magazine selected Robert as one of Virginia Top 10 Attorneys for Criminal Defense.  This follows several other awards.  In  2015, he was recognized by The National Trial Lawyers as the Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers. In 2016, the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys recognized him as one of  Virginia’s Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys.  That same year , the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys named him an Executive Member.  In 2017, he was recognized by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys as one of Virginia’s 10 Best Attorneys for exceptional and outstanding client service.

A Newport News resident since 1986, Robert began his studies locally at Christopher Newport.  Robert also attend the University of Virginia and graduated from Tulane University Law School.  His longevity on the peninsula allows Robert many advantages in helping with your criminal and traffic violation case.  He is familiar with the local area, the traffic patterns and communities, as well as the the people that comprise the Hampton Roads peninsula.

Mr. Saunders loves being in the court.  He spends 4-5 days a week in court, energized by thinking fast and acting fast to fight on your behalf.  A true student of the law, Robert keeps abreast of changes in current law and procedures while also retaining a thorough knowledge of case law and historic rulings to better argue your case.  Robert attributes much of his success to his tenacious personality and strong desire to get the best results for his clients.

Areas of practice

Professional Memberships

  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Hampton Bar Association

Admitted to practice

  • Virginia, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 1996


  • Tulane University, J.D., cum laude, 1996
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1990

Contact Robert Saunders

To speak with Robert about your legal matter, contact him online or call one of our four convenient offices—

  • Hampton/Peninsula
  • Gloucester
  • Chesapeake/Southside
  • Williamsburg