Profile: edward.j.ungvarsky

Edward J. Ungvarsky is Principal with Ungvarsky Law, PLLC in Alexandria, Virginia with white collar and criminal defense representation in Washington, DC, Virginia, and federal courts. Ed frequently lectures on issues related to the ethics and professional responsibility, the death penalty, trial advocacy, and forensic science evidence and expert testimony; and he is a supervising attorney in the DC Law Students in Court clinical trial program. Ed serves on the faculties of Harvard Law School's Trial Advocacy Workshop, National College of Capital Voir Dire, NACDL's Making the Case for Life, and NLADA's Life in the Balance. Among Ed's 16 publications, he has written for the NAPD Blog. Ed is an aggressive, experienced criminal defense who is frequently called upon by other lawyers for guidance and consultation. After graduating from law school, Ed clerked in Montgomery, Alabama for the Honorable Frank M. Johnson, Jr., on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Ed received his B.A. from Wesleyan University and his J.D. from Yale Law School. Ed received the 2014 NLADA Kutak-Dodds Award for his extraordinary work for justice over his career and the 2017-18 Bill Geimer Award from the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse for his excellent advocacy. Ed is licensed to practice in Washington, DC, Virginia, New, York, New Jersey, and practices in federal court nationwide, principally in the Eastern and Western District of Virginia, the DC District Court, and the District Court for Maryland, both in Baltimore and Greenbelt. Ed can be reached at and




December 15, 2018: Registration is now open for NAPD's Spring Events:
  • Executive Leadership Insitute (Frankfort, KY)
  • Train the Trainer (Frankfort, KY)
  • "We the Defenders" Investigators Conference (Biloxi, MS)
  • "We the Defenders" Social Workers/Sentencing AdvocatesConference (Biloxi, MS)
  • Team Mitigation Institute (Atlanta, GA)
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October 30, 2018: NAPD releases a video about its achievements over the 5 years since forming in November in 2013. This films was coordinated by NAPD Steering Committee Member and San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi and debuted at the Racial Justice Training and 5 Year Celebration in Baltimore, Maryland. You can watch the video HERE

July 1, 2018: General Registration opens for the “WE THE DEFENDERS” TRAINING CONFERENCE,  November 26-29, 2018, Indianapolis, IN

You can watch a video about the event HERE 

Due to overwhelming demand, NAPD will again offer this comprehensive Investigator and Social Worker/Sentencing Advocate training experience! The program will include one track for Investigators and a separate track for Social Worker/Sentencing Advocates.  Hear from nationally recognized experts who will share their knowledge on a wide range of topics relevant to the work you do each and every day.  Network with other criminal defense practitioners from around the country and find your tribe. 

January 23, 2018: In response to US Attorney General Jeff Session's reversal of prior policy on the imposition of fines and fees for criminal defendants, NAPD submitted the following letter on behalf of the public defender community. You can read the letter HERE