Robert W. Best

Robert W. Best

Richmond, Virginia

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate Practice
  • Arson & Fire Cases
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Automobile Dealerships
  • Bad Faith Defense
  • Business and Commercial Law
  • Construction and Defect Litigation
  • Defense Against Fraud
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law/Litigation
  • Federal & State Litigation
  • First and Third Party Coverage
  • Insurance Defense
  • Product Liability Defense
  • Professional Liability Defense
  • Property Insurance Defense
  • Subrogation
  • Trucking & Transportation

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1993
  • Virginia, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia


  • Judge Advocate General School-U.S. Army, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • LL.M. - 2003
    • Major: Military Law
  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. - 1993
  • Southern Methodist University
    • B.A. cum laude - 1990
    • Major: History

Published Works

  • Peremptory Challenges in Military Criminal Justice Practice: It Is Time to Challenge Them Off, 183 Mil. L. Rev. 1, 2005
  • 2003 Developments in the Sixth Amendment: Black Cats on Strolls, The Army Lawyer, 2004
  • To Be or Not To Be Testimonial? That Is the Question: 2004 Developments in the Sixth Amendment, The Army Lawyer, 2005
  • A Little Further Down the Track: 2004 Developments in Sentencing, The Army Lawyer, 2005


  • Adjunct Professor, University of Richmond School of Law, Lawyering Skills III, 2009 - 2012
  • Professor, Criminal Law Department, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School, 2003 - 2005
  • Served as the Army’s Subject-Matter Expert in Several Diverse Areas of Substantive and Procedural Criminal Law: the Sixth Amendment, Discovery, Mental Responsibility and Competency, Nonjudicial Punishment Under Article 15 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Courts-Martial Findings, Sentencing, and Post-Trial Procedures, and Military Corrections

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2013 - 2018

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Virginia Bar Association, Member
  • Virginia Association Defense Attorneys, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, Charlottesville, Virginia, Criminal Law Professor
  • Eighth United States Army, Seoul, Republic of Korea, Chief, Military Justice
  • XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Senior Prosecutor and Prosecutor
  • 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Trial Defense Counsel, Tort Claims Attorney, Installation Tax Officer, and Legal Assistance Attorney
  • Silverblatt Law Office, Killeen, Texas
  • LeClairRyan, 2005 - 2015
  • Spencer Shuford, 2015 - 2016


  • Phi Beta Kappa