H. Eugene Oliver, III, Esq.

H. Eugene Oliver, III is a partner at Evans Oliver, PLC who focuses his practice on criminal defense, traffic matters, and family law.  Eugene firmly believes in the principle of seeking the best opportunities and outcomes for his clients facing oftentimes difficult legal matters.  He focuses his practice on not only making the best legal arguments, but also on guiding you through the complex legal system and working with you to protect your best interests.   

Eugene is a former prosecutor who now practices criminal defense, with experience on both sides of the courtroom that ranges from violent crimes like first degree murder and robbery to major drug offenses to serious financial crimes. Having handled thousands of cases as both a prosecutor and defense attorney, he knows the ins and outs of criminal law practice throughout Virginia. He has participated in all stages of criminal cases from pre-trial investigations to appeal and is prepared to represent your interests zealously every step of the way.

Eugene has extensive experience handling traffic matters.  He has prosecuted thousands of traffic cases and now puts that experience to work for his clients.  He routinely defends clients accused of Driving Under the Influence, Driving on a Suspended License, Reckless Driving, Hit and Run, Eluding and other traffic matters.  He has successfully received reductions and dismissals for his clients in these types of matters, through both trial and negotiation.

When it comes to family law cases, Eugene is an experienced advocate for his client’s goals and the best interests of your family. He formerly served in the Attorney General’s office as counsel for the Division of Child Support Enforcement. He is a qualified Guardian ad Litem for children and has extensive experience in divorce, child custody, child support, and domestic protective order cases.  Additionally, Eugene was counsel on the published decision of McMahon v. Wirick, 762 S.E.2d 781 (Va., 2014), an important decision on name change of juveniles, where the Supreme Court of Virginia upheld his client’s victory in the trial court keeping the child’s birth name.

While based in the City of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Mr. Oliver also represents clients in Augusta, Rockbridge, Albemarle, Highland, Bath, Alleghany and Botetourt counties and the cities of Staunton, Waynesboro, Charlottesville, Lexington, and Buena Vista in criminal, traffic, and family law matters in addition to handling select matters across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Before joining Evans Law Group PLC in 2016, Eugene owned his own practice, Oliver Law, PLLC in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he represented clients in criminal defense, traffic, and family law matters.  Prior to moving to the Shenandoah Valley, he worked in private practice at Livesay & Myers, PC in Fairfax and Leesburg, Tully Rinckey PLLC in Arlington, and Wexell Milman in Fairfax.  Before those positions, he worked in the Attorney General’s office and as a prosecutor.

Eugene received his law degree from the George Washington University Law School, where he was a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Skills Board and a Senator for his class. He graduated from the College of William and Mary with degrees in History and Government. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Eugene lives in the City of Harrisonburg with his wife, Cody, and their two children.

 

EDUCATION

  • The College of William & Mary, B.A., 2005
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2008

COURT ADMISSIONS

  • Virginia State Bar, 2008
  • District of Columbia Bar, 2012
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2012
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, 2012
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2012

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar, Communications Committee

PUBLISHED DECISIONS

  • McMahon v. Wirick, 762 S.E.2d 781 (Va., 2014)

PAST POSITIONS

  • Owner, Oliver Law PLLC
  • Senior Associate Attorney, Livesay & Myers PC
  • Senior Associate Attorney, Tully Rinckey PLLC
  • Associate Attorney, Wexell Milman
  • Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General
  • Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Mecklenburg County