Awards and Distinctions
Michael HuYoung is a shareholder at Barnes and Diehl, P.C., the largest family law firm in Virginia with a tradition of experience and devotion to family law. Practicing since 1982, he joined the firm in 1996 after being in solo practice. His areas of expertise are criminal defense and family law. Clients range from defendants facing felony prosecution to parents seeking custody of their children. Michael strives to afford excellence in the representation of his clients which is recognized by his peers. In 2012, Best Lawyers in America® named him “Lawyer of the Year in White Collar Criminal Defense.” He is also a Fellow in the Virginia Law Foundation (top 1% of lawyers in Virginia), a Virginia Super Lawyer®, and a Virginia Legal Elite. In 2010, Michael was selected as a “Leader in the Law” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. He is Martindale-Hubbell AV® rated since 2002. Recently, Michael was inducted as a 2012 Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society which includes the top ½% of 1% of the trial lawyers in America. Michael is a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars and presentations for lawyers along with being an instructor and coach for the University of Richmond Law School’s advanced trial competition teams.
Court and Bar Admissions
Michael is admitted to practice before the following courts: United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals (4th Circuit), United States District Court (Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia), Virginia Supreme Court, Virginia Court of Appeals, and all Virginia Circuit, General District, and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar (VSB), VSB Council, VSB Diversity Conference on which he is immediate past chair, VSB Law School Faculty on Professionalism, past member of the VSB Professionalism Faculty, Virginia Bar Association (VBA) where he is the current Chair of its Criminal Law Section an on its Council, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA) where he was past Chair of its Criminal Law Section and a former member of its Board of Governors, Virginia Criminal Justice Conference (VCJC) where he was past Co-Chair and serves on its Steering Committee, and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia (APABA-VA) where he received its Achievement Award in 2008 and serves on its Board of Directors.
Presentations, Publications, and Engagements
Best Practices in Voir Dire, Panel Presentation for the City of Richmond Bar Association (Richmond, Virginia - 2012) * Use of Experts and Defenses in Internet Child Solicitation and Child Pornography Cases, co-presentation with Dr. Glenn E. Dardick, Ph.D., CCE, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Criminal Law Seminars (Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, and Fairfax, Virginia - 2012) * Exoneration: Writs of Actual Innocence (The Thomas Haynesworth Case), Moderator of the Criminal Law Section’s General Session Presentation at the Virginia Bar Association’s Summer Meeting at the Homestead (Hot Springs, Virginia - 2012) * Jeopardy on Appeal (Top Ten Pet Peeves of Judges of the Virginia Court of Appeals), Criminal Law and Domestic Relations Sections’ Joint CLE Presentation on Appellate Practice at the Virginia Bar Association’s Summer Meeting at the Homestead (Hot Springs, Virginia - 2012) * The Benefit of Diversity, Fellows’ Induction Speech at the Spring Conference of Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), The Trial Lawyers’ Honorary Society, at the Four Seasons Biltmore Resort (Santa Barbara, California - 2012) * Combating National Impact Financial Fraud in the Eastern District of Virginia, featuring U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Neil H. MacBride, Moderator of the Criminal Law Section’s CLE Presentation at the Virginia Bar Association’s Winter Meeting at the Williamsburg Lodge (Williamsburg, Virginia - 2012) * Hot Topics in Criminal Practice, presented at the Annual Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Paralegal Conference (Richmond - 2011) * How Young Lawyers Reach Out to the Community: The Benefits of Expanding the Pipeline, Panelist at the Increasing Diversity in the Legal Profession Conference at the University of Virginia School of Law (Charlottesville, Virginia - 2011) * Ethics: How to Represent Your Client and Not Go to Jail with Him, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Criminal Law Seminars (Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, and Fairfax, Virginia – 2011) * Jury Voir Dire, Opening Statements, Closing Arguments, and Jury Instruction, presented with Craig S. Cooley, Esquire, at the John Marshall Inns of Court (Richmond, Virginia - 2011) * Surveillance in Litigation: Getting the Dirt While Keeping Your Hands Clean, Presenter at the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s 52nd Annual Convention at The Homestead (Hot Springs, Virginia - 2011) * The Bar Disciplinary Process, Carrico Professionalism Course (Charlottesville, Virginia- 2010) * Zealous Representation is Not Winning at All Costs, co-authored with David B. Hargett, Esquire, The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Vol. 21, No. 2 (2009) * The Authority to Take Sentencing Under Advisement Provides Circuit Judges with an Important Tool for Doing Justice in Criminal Cases, Presenter at Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s 50th Annual Convention (Williamsburg, Virginia - 2009) * Judge, Barnett Moot Court Competition, University of Richmond Law School (Richmond, Virginia - 2009-2012) * Judge, William B. Spong, Jr. Invitational Moot Court Competition, William and Mary Law School (Williamsburg, Virginia - 2009-2010) * Do You Really Want to Put the Child on the Stand?, co-authored with John K. Karanian, Esquire, VBA News Journal, Vol. XXXV, No. 4, Winter 2009 * Judge, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Regional Mock Trial Competition (John Marshall Courts Building, Richmond, Virginia 2008-2010) Criminal Law Update, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Solo and Small Firm Conference (Williamsburg, Virginia - 2008) * Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions on Non-U.S. Citizens and the Visa Process, Virginia Alliance of Paralegal Associations and Local Government Paralegal Association, Joint Statewide Conference, Richmond, Virginia - 2008) * Effective Voir Dire in a Criminal Case: Get the Jury Thinking, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Criminal Law Seminar (Fairfax, Virginia - 2008) * What Does It All Mean?, Presenter at The SANE/Forensic Nurse Evaluation: Seminars (Richmond, Virginia - 2007-2008) Criminal Issues Related to the Representation of Immigrants, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Annual Paralegal Seminar (Richmond, Virginia - 2007) * Representing the Non-Citizen Criminal Defendant, Chesterfield County Bar CLE Program (Chesterfield, Virginia- 2006) * Immigration Consequences for the Non-Citizen Defendant, Panelist at the Virginia Judicial Conference of General District Court Judges (Virginia Beach, Virginia - 2006) * The Non-Citizen Defendant in the Criminal Justice System: Special Challenges and Consequences, Panelist at the Virginia State Bar Annual Conference (2006) * Dangerous Intersection Ahead: When Criminal and Family Law Collide, Moderator at the Virginia State Bar Annual Conference (Virginia Beach, Virginia - 2005) Confidentiality and Other Ethical Issues When Using Electronic Evidence Including Electronic Surveillance, co-authored with Brandy M. Poss, Esquire, Virginia State Bar Advance Family Law Seminar (Richmond, Virginia - 2004) * Ethics for the Criminal Practitioner, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Criminal Law Seminars (Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, and Fairfax, Virginia - 2004) * Nuts and Bolts of Criminal Law, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Criminal Law Seminars (Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, and Fairfax, Virginia - 2002