Alan H. Yamamoto

Alan H. Yamamoto
Sole Practitioner
Alexandria, Virginia
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Born and raised in California, I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of California, Berkeley.  I then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Viet Nam.  Upon returning to the States, I attended law school and graduated from Case Western Reserve University.  Since then, I’ve been involved in Constitutional litigation and individual rights.  Beginning in the early 1970's, I served as the attorney in charge of one the first mental health law projects in the country litigating Constitutional rights, including right to counsel.  For over the past 40 years, my practice has been primarily before the U.S. District Courts.  Starting in the late 1970’s, I served as a trial attorney with the U.S. Labor Department litigating Constitutional issues regarding the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act.  Since beginning my private legal practice in 1986, I’ve been primarily representing individuals charged with all types of federal criminal offenses in the U.S. District Courts. This work includes drug-related crimes, RICO violations, internet offenses, and white collar offenses such as bank, mail and wire fraud, money laundering, bribery structuring and Internet offenses. I have also represented individuals charged with offenses involving sensitive National Security issues.

Areas of Practice

  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Wills and Estates

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1986
  • Ohio, 1973
  • District of Columbia, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1986
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia


  • Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1973
  • University of California
    • B.S. - 1967

Representative Cases

  • U.S. v. Moussaoui , 382 F.3d 453, and 365 F.3d 292 (4th Cir. 2004)
  • U.S. v. Barial, 31 F.3d 216 (4th Cir. 1994)
  • U.S. v. Doe, 870 F. Supp. 702 (E.D. Va. 1994)
  • Erickson ex rel U.S. v American Institute of Biological Sciences, 716 F. Supp. 908 (E.D. Va 1989)
  • Marshall v. Cedar Lake Sand and Gravel, 408 F. Supp. 171 (D. Wisc. 1979)
  • Marshall v. Donofrio, 465 F. Supp. 838 (E.D. Pa. 1978)
  • McDuffie v. Berzzarins, 330 N.E. 2d.667 (1975)
  • Anderson v. McMillan, 335 N.E. 2d 719 (1975)

Representative Clients

  • Andrew Taylore Hair Design
  • Roseann Finigan Meisburg Foundation


  • Burke & Herbert Bank

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys
  • Marquis Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who in the World
  • Who's Who in American Law

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Alexandria Bar Assoication
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Fairfax Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Cleveland Legal Aid Society, 1973 - 1977
  • US Department of Labor, Solicitor's Office, 1977 - 1986


  • Delta Sigma Pi