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Novay, Kristen Wright



Atlanta, GA






Kristen Wright Novay
Rated by Super Lawyers | Selected in 2019 | Thomson Reuters

Kristen chose to practice criminal defense after her experience interning for the Georgia Innocence Project, working to free people who were wrongfully convicted and help them rebuild their lives. Normally, the interns are law school students, but Kristen was selected while she was still an undergraduate student at Auburn University.

I found I enjoyed helping people, especially in this project. It's an extra check on the justice system, which is needed because people's lives, their families, their money, and certainly their freedom, are involved, she said.

Kristen gained experience in both defense and prosecution at the state and federal levels in Virginia and Tennessee before returning to her hometown of Atlanta. She worked at the Nashville Office of the Public Defender, interned at the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia and the Richmond Commonwealth Attorney's Office, and was an associate at the Stone & Cardwell criminal defense law firm in Richmond before joining Garland, Samuel & Loeb.

While a student at the University of Richmond School of Law, Kristen excelled in numerous law competitions in negotiation, trial advocacy, and moot court. She also studied in the Richmond Summer Program at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 2011
  • Georgia, 2010
  • Virginia, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2010
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2012


  • University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, Virginia
    • J.D. - 05/2009
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
    • B.A. - 05/2005
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Emmanuel College, Cambridge University
    • Richmond Summer Program

Honors and Awards

  • National and Regional Champion, 2008 American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Trial Advocacy Competition
  • National Semi-finalist, 2008 American Association for Justice Trial Advocacy Competition
  • Regional Champion, 2008 American Association for Justice National Mock Trial Competition
  • Finalist, 2007 Carrico Moot Court Competition; awarded membership to Moot Court Board
  • Finalist, 2007 Trial Advocacy Competition; awarded membership to Trial Advocacy Board
  • Semi-finalist, 2006 Negotiation Competition; awarded membership to Negotiation Board
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Advanced Trial Advocacy
  • Order of the Barristers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar, Criminal Defense Section
  • American Bar Association
  • Richmond Criminal Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Stone & Cardwell Criminal Defense Law Firm, Associate


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