Dirk B. Padgett

Dirk B. Padgett

Sole Practitioner
Roanoke, Virginia

Dirk B. Padgett was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia. He graduated from William Fleming High School in 1980 where he played football and ran track. He served in the U.S. Army from 1980 - 1983 where he served as an infantry soldier with the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division. After leaving the army, he attended and graduated from Roanoke College in 1987 with a degree in History. He graduated from law school from the University Richmond in 1990. As a JAG in the U.S. Navy from 1991 through 1994, he served as defense counsel, senior prosecutor and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney. After two years of private practice (1994-1995), and working part-time as a state prosecutor in Botetourt County, he joined the Commonwealth's Attorneys Office in Bedford County in 1995 and eventually became the Chief Deputy until he resigned in 2008. As a reservist, Padgett served two tours in the Middle East: Kuwait in 2003-04 and Iraq in 2007-08. He went back on active duty with the Navy in 2008 and was assigned to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., to assist in the prosecution of war crimes against al Qaeda terrorists that are being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. During that time he obtained a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in National Security Law from Georgetown University. As team chief and lead prosecutor in the war crimes case involving Ibrahim al Qosi, a bodyguard of Osama bin Laden, he successfully prosecuted the first al Qaeda terrorist under the Obama administration. Padgett resigned from the military in 2014 to enter into private practice and return to the Roanoke Valley.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Military Justice
  • Personal Injury

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2010


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • LL.M. - 2012
    • Major: National Security Law
  • University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, Virginia
    • J.D. - 1990
    • Honors: "Trial Advocate Award" International Academy of Trial Lawyers (Richmond)
  • Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia
    • B.A. cum laude - 1987
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: Alpha Chi, Phi Alpha Theta, Pi Gamma Mu Honor Societies
    • Honors: Roanoke College Historical Society
    • Major: History


  • Instruction in Real Estate, Central VA Community College, 2005 - 2007
  • Criminal Procedure, Central VA Community College, 2005 - 2007
  • Criminal Law, Central VA Community College, 2005 - 2007
  • Critical Thinking, College of Health Sciences, 1999 - 2002
  • Ethical & Legal Decision Making in Healthcare, College of Health Sciences, 1999 - 2002

Honors and Awards

  • Bronze Star (service in Iraq), 2008
  • Defense Meritious Service Medal (service in war crimes trials in Military Commissions), 2014
  • Navy Commendation Medal, 2007
  • Navy Achievement Medal, 2004
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, 2004
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, 2004
  • Iraq Campaign Medal, 2008

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia Bar Association, Member, 2013 - 2014

Past Employment Positions

  • Office of Chief Prosecutor, Military Commissions, Team Chief, JAG, 2008 - 2014
  • Commonwealth's Attorneys Office, Bedford County, Chief Deputy CA, 1995 - 2008
  • Commonwealth's Attorney Office, Botetourt Co. VA, Part-time Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, Commissioner of Accounts, 1994 - 1995
  • Private Practice, Associate, 1994 - 1995
  • U.S. Navy, Judge Advocate General's Corp., 1991 - 1994

Pro Bono Activities

  • Rec. Club Coach (football, basketball, baseball), 1999 - Present

Ancillary Businesses

  • Former Commissioner of Accounts for Botetourt County, 1994-1995


  • English