Attorney David Mitchell: Confident, Compassionate Advocate

David now serves, as of October 2017, General Counsel of the City of Richmond, Virginia Police Department.  

David served as an Attorney & Counselor at Law in the firm’s family law section from 2016 to 2017. David graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law where he served as the president of the Virginia Law Veterans and was awarded the prestigious Ritter Award for honor, character and integrity. He began his legal career at Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Virginia before joining Smith Strong, PLC.

David was born in Huntington Beach, California but spent most of his formative years in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he developed a love for the outdoors, as well as a dedication to public service. David is an Eagle Scout and joined the U.S. Army just days after 9/11. David was a paratrooper in the Army’s elite 82nd Airborne Division and served combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.

David earned his undergraduate degree in criminal justice from Weber State University. After graduating summa cum laude, he worked as a police officer in Sandy City, Utah, where he handled all manners of criminal investigations and domestic issues. He also became a skilled negotiator and developed finely tuned conflict resolution skills. During this time, David earned his masters degree in criminal justice from Weber State University and served six years in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.

In his free time, David enjoys golfing, fishing and hiking.



J.D., University of Virginia School of Law

            President, Virginia Law Veterans

            Ritter Award for honor, character and integrity

            Editorial Board, Virginia Law and Business Review

            Stuart Robertson, Jr. Scholarship


M.S., Criminal Justice, Weber State University


B.S., Criminal Justice, Weber State University

            Summa Cum Laude

            Alpha Phi Sigma, National Criminal Justice Honor Society



Commonwealth of Virginia


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  •  Appeals   
  • Child/Parent Relocation Cases


 Juvenile & Domestic Relations-Related Criminal Defense Representation

  • Domestic Violence & Protective Order Hearings
  • Assault & Battery Charges
  • Juvenile Crimes
David Mitchell

David Mitchell

  • Former Attorney & Counselor at Law
  • Smith Strong, PLC
  • 5803 Staples Mill Road Richmond, VA 23228
  • 804-325-1245