Holly B. Smith, Commonwealth's Attorney
Holly Smith is a long time Virginia resident. After graduating from Poquoson High School, Holly attended the University of Virginia, putting herself through school and graduating with honors. Holly went on to pursue her law degree at William and Mary. After graduation Holly’s dedication to public service brought her to Newport News, where she joined the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. While there, she served on various teams of prosecutors. Holly has successfully prosecuted everything from child sexual assault and abuse cases, vice and narcotics offenses, murders, arsons, burglaries, robberies, white collar crimes, and juvenile and domestic related crimes. Holly was also specially assigned as a liaison to the Newport News Police Department’s Serious Accident Review Team where she worked with and advised a team of investigators of cases involving vehicular maimings and manslaughters. As a Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney of a Violent Crimes team in the Newport News office, she maintained her own full time docket and assisted in the supervision and management of a team of trial attorneys and support staff who specialized in the prosecution of the city’s most violent offenders charged with robberies, rapes, maimings, and murders. She has also developed broad experience in prosecuting drug offenses, sexual offenses, child abuse cases, traffic offenses, white collar and property crimes. Holly has also served as a prosecutor in the Williamsburg and James City County Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. Holly brought her strong work ethic in the performance of her duties including writing and presenting police trainings and achieving more streamlined office procedures. Holly continues to serve the community as an educator and volunteer. She has been an adjunct professor at the College of William and Mary Law School in the Legal Skills Program and an adjunct professor for Saint Leo University. Holly has been proud to serve the community as a coach with the Virginia High School Mock Trial Competition and served as a judge in the tournaments in recent years. Holly has been a Virginia State Bar Circuit Representative and on the Board of Governors for the Young Lawyers Division as well as a Liaison to the Senior Lawyers Division. She also has served as a Board Member of the Newport News Bar Association.
Megan C. Zwisohn, Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney
Megan Zwisohn graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Old Dominion University in 1991. She received her Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School in 1995, having spent her third year studying with the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. Megan taught as a full time instructor in Old Dominion's Criminal Justice Department from 1995-1997. She has taught substantive criminal law for Old Dominion as an adjunct professor from 1997 to today. She began her career as a prosecutor in 1997 in the Virginia Beach Commonwealth's Attorney's Office. Megan worked in the Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney's Office from 2003 until 2012, where she was a Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney until joining this office in 2012. Megan has served as faculty for the Commonwealth's Attorney Services Council's Trial Advocacy Course, for which she has served as lead faculty since 2010. She has also been called on to lecture and train prosecutors and law enforcement officers on a variety of topics. Megan is the immediate past Board President of REACH (Reading Enriches All Children) and is currently serving as a Board member, having volunteered as a shelter reader from 2008-2012.
Laura B. Looney, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
Laura Looney received her Bachelor's degree in History and Political Science from the University of Pikeville in 2004. She received her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2008. Laura joined the office in September 2012 after working as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Newport News for three years. While in Newport News as a member of the Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court Team, Laura prosecuted a variety of cases including domestic assault, sexual assault, and murder.
Benjamin A. Shute, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
Benjamin Shute is a Virginia native. He graduated with a Bachelor's from Indiana University in 2013, majoring in Political Philosophy and minoring in Public Legal Studies and India Studies. He then graduated from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2016. While in law school Benjamin served on the Student Bar Association, the Career Services Committee, and the Dean's Advisory Board. He coached the Trial Competition Team and was elected to the Order of the Barristers. Also, while in law school, Benjamin clerked for Catholic Charities, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Marion County Prosecutor's Office in Indianapolis. Prior to joining the Gloucester County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, he was Of Counsel to the Law Offices of James Montana, PLLC, in Arlington, Virginia. He currently represents Virginia's 9th and 15th Judicial Circuits as the Virginia Young Lawyer's Conference 6th District Representative.
Angela M. Davis, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
Angela Davis received her Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Christopher Newport University in 2007. She received her Juris Doctorate from Regent University Law School in 2011. Angela joined the office in August 2016 after working in private practice for four years, and serving as a volunteer Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in Mathews County. Angela's practice, in part, now focuses on prosecuting crimes involving violence against women as well as domestic and intimate partner violence.
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