David P. Baugh is one of the most respected and experienced criminal trial lawyers in the Commonwealth of Virginia. During his extensive criminal trial career he has appeared on behalf of clients in courtrooms around the nation. He is recognized for his advocacy skills and his vast knowledge of statutory and case law, both in the federal courts and the courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Baugh's advocacy has lead to a succession of innovative and intense defense strategies leading to favorable resolutions for his clients.

A graduate of Virginia State University, then Virginia State College, in Petersburg, Virginia in 1971, Mr. Baugh graduated from Texas Southern University School of Law in 1975. After three years with Bennett, Baugh and Bastine, Attorneys, a primarily criminal litigation practice in Houston, Texas, Mr. Baugh went on to be an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas in Beaumont, Texas. In 1981 Mr. Baugh became an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia.

In 1983 Mr. Baugh resigned from that position as Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia when he made inquiry of a judge as to why that judge incarcerated African American defendants Mr. Baugh prosecuted as opposed to granting probation to white defendants convicted, often for the same offenses. From 1983 to 2008 Mr. Baugh was fortunate to enjoy a stimulating and rewarding career in private practice, during which time he received numerous awards and accolades for his skills and dedication. In 2008 Mr. Baugh accepted a position as the Capital Defender for Central Virginia, representing indigent defendants facing the death penalty. For four and a half years, under his direction, no defendant received a death sentence in that region. In 2012 Mr. Baugh returned to private practice.

Currently Mr. Baugh is representing a limited number of clients. It is his belief that limiting the client base will permit more in depth case development and further enhance favorable case resolution.

Mr. Baugh continues to live in Richmond, Virginia and travels around the nation representing defendants and teaching lawyers.

Personal Biography

Mr. Baugh is the son, one of three, of a school teacher and an Air Force officer. His father was one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, a fighter pilot during World War II, in the only African American fighter squadron in the world, the 99th Fighter Squadron. As a child born into an American military family, his early life was marked with diverse living experiences around the United States and the world. In 1961 the Baugh family was transferred to Nashville, Tennessee. Though a high school student, David Baugh became active in the civil rights movement and was arrested during a sit in. He was also injured when attacked during a non-violent demonstration. These experiences enabled Mr. Baugh to develop a unique perspective on the world, people, different cultures and different values. These experiences have contributed, in no small amount, to Mr. Baugh's passion and enthusiasm for the protection of the rights of this country's citizens and he had dedicated his career and life to this end.


Texas Southern University School of Law (Now Thurgood Marshall School of Law), Houston, Texas

Virginia State University, Petersburg, Virginia

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Virginia State Bar
  • United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Professional Practice


Discuss Your Case

If you, or someone for whom you care, has been charged with any criminal offense contact David P. Baugh, Esq., at 804.743.8111 or click here and make inquiry as to his availability for your representation.