May 22, 2020

Virginia Beach, VA – After receiving awards proclaiming him a "Super Lawyer," "CoVa Biz 2020 Top Lawyer," and "Top 40 Under 40," local attorney Bassel Khalaf has declared himself "Supreme Lawyer King Extreme Deluxe" and announced the reopening of the courts as the firs...

Westendorf & Khalaf, PLLC is pleased to announce the addition of Jabba the Hut as a new associate attorney. In this position, Jabba will be involved in assisting the firm’s growing areas of defense practice, including cases involving human enslavement, spice traffickin...

Even in our current era of intense polarization, the video of Ahmuad Arbery being pursued, shot, and killed by father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael united most of the country over the past week. Donald Trump called the footage “very, very disturbing” while Joe B...

In October 2017, actress Alyssa Milano unleashed a cultural tsunami when she tweeted an invitation for women across the world to share their stories of sexual harassment and assault. Tens of millions of tweets later, the #MeToo movement has had an impact at all levels...

With yesterday's announcement of a stay at home order, it doesn't appear that courts will be fully open for business anytime soon. Other than bond hearings and arraignments, the plows of the courthouse have gone silent and the fields of justice lay fallow. But W&K rema...

At W&K, we always strive to be fashionable. To that end, we've just returned from the runways of NYC and you will soon be seeing us in court rocking the latest cutting edge of men's suits. 

Other than inflatable pants, nothing is more fashionable right now than criminal...

March 13, 2020

Sometimes I get word in the courthouse that someone's about to argue that they're a "sovereign citizen" and therefore not bound by state or federal laws. I rush down to the courtroom and love every second of it because it's entertaining, it never works, and it makes me...

March 4, 2020

My 4-year-old's a cute kid (not pictured above). In his simplified worldview, police officers "stop bad guys." As a defense attorney who stands on the opposite side of the courtroom, I must be on Team Bad Guys, right?

Partly because I don't want my kid thinkin...

As we discussed in a prior blog post, public defenders “are underpaid, overworked, underappreciated, and under-resourced.  They bust their asses day in and day out and get little to no respect.” We would know because we were public defenders for a combined 16 years bef...

January 11, 2020

If you’re a criminal defense attorney who tries cases, you inevitably experience the pain of losing in court.  Some losses are more painful than others. In many cases, you walk into court knowing that you’re almost certain to lose. It’s never fun to lose, but it’s a lo...

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