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 custody/visitation cases.  Eugene is committed to providing zealous advocacy and high quality representation for all of his clients.  He focuses his practice on not only making the best legal arguments in court, but also on guiding you through the complex legal system and working with you to protect your interests.  

Eugene is a former prosecutor who now practices criminal defense, with extensive experience on both sides of the courtroom, ranging 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.  Eugene has been selected by his peers to serve on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the premier statewide organization of criminal defense attorneys.

Eugene is one of the few attorneys in the Shenandoah Valley who has been certified by the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission to serve as counsel on capital murder (death penalty) cases, in addition to being certified for felonies, misdemeanors, and juvenile criminal cases.  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 also 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, Speeding and other traffic matters throughout the Shenandoah Valley.  He has successfully received reductions and dismissals for his clients in all types of traffic cases, through both trial and negotiation.

In addition to his criminal defense and traffic work, Eugene focuses his civil practice on juvenile matters, as both a Guardian ad Litem for children and representing parents in custody/visitation cases.  Eugene was counsel on the published decision of McMahon v. Wirick, 762 S.E.2d 781 (Va., 2014), an important decision regarding name changes 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 actively represents clients in Augusta, Shenandoah, Page, Rockbridge, Albemarle, Highland, Bath, and Alleghany counties and the cities of Staunton, Waynesboro, Charlottesville, Lexington, and Buena Vista in criminal, traffic, and custody/visitation matters. Additionally, Eugene is available to handle select matters across the Commonwealth of Virginia on a case by case basis.

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, Eugene was in private practice for five years in Northern Virginia.  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
    • Board of Directors, 2018-Present
    • Executive Committee, 2018-Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Bar Association
    • Secretary, 2017-2018
  • Virginia State Bar, Communications Committee, 2015-2017

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