Bonnie J. Lepold graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 1994. She thereafter attended the Washington University School of Law (St. Louis, Missouri) where she obtained her Juris Doctorate in 1997. After a judicial clerkship, she began her legal career as an Assistant Prosecutor with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office in Trenton, New Jersey in where she served as Chief of the Juvenile Unit.
In 2000, Bonnie relocated to Charlottesville, Virginia with her husband. Bonnie developed a practice focused almost exclusively on the representation of criminal defendants and minors in delinquency proceedings and in other family law matters.
In 2012, she, along with Samantha Freed, opened their own private practice devoted to the trial and appellate representation of the criminally accused. In addition, Bonnie also serves as a guardian ad litem for minors involved in custody, abuse and neglect, emancipation, and other family law/domestic relations matters.
Bonnie’s representation of clients has included an array of charges and potential charges, including homicide, sex offenses, pornography, narcotics, child endangerment, DWI, abduction, assault, and various property and computer crimes. She has served as co-counsel for defendants facing the death penalty in both state and federal courts. Furthermore, Bonnie has extensive experience in the use of experts, including mental health professionals, in criminal trials and sentencing proceedings.
- California (1997)
- New Jersey (1998)
- Virginia (2000)
- New York (2006)
- Western District of Virginia (2000)
- Western District of New York (2006)
- Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association (Past Treasurer/Past Secretary)
- Adjunct Professor - University of Virginia School of Law (Criminal Defense Clinic)
- Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers