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Virginia M. Bruner

Richmond, VA
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Virginia Bruner is an experienced trial attorney and litigator. She represents corporations and individuals under investigation by state and federal authorities, as well as internal investigations and compliance matters in Virginia and across the U.S.

Her experience includes advising clients in criminal and civil matters within the financial sector, health care industry, and higher education. She has assisted clients in conducting sensitive internal investigations, responding to subpoenas, and negotiating deferred prosecution agreements and other settlements before government agencies.

Before joining Williams Mullen, Virginia spent several years at the U.S. Department of Justice. She served as an assistant special counsel, investigating the discovery of classified documents found in the home and office of President Biden. She also served for nearly seven years as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Iowa, where she tried multiple cases to verdict, and briefed and argued appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. As a federal prosecutor, she focused on investigating and prosecuting white collar crimes, including fraud involving government programs.

Virginia previously worked at international law firms in Washington, D.C. and Richmond, Virginia, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Peter J. Messitte of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

Virginia earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law where she was on the editorial board for the Virginia Law Review and she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University. Before law school, Virginia was a Counterterrorism analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Related Practices & Industries
  • University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.), 2011
  • New York University (B.A.), 2006
Professional & Community Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association
  • Women's White Collar Defense Association
Bar & Court Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Virginia State Bar

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland