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William L. Taliaferro, Jr.

William L. Taliaferro, Jr. is a native of Norfolk, Virginia. He attended both Catholic and public schools. Following his high school graduation, Mr. Taliaferro enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. After being honorably discharged, he enrolled at Old Dominion University and graduated from there in 1968.


Attorney Taliaferro enrolled and graduated from Memphis State University School of Law in 1972. That same year, he was admitted to practice law in the state of Virginia, including the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.


At the law firm of Swartz, Taliaferro, Swartz, & Goodove, he currently practices civil and criminal law in Federal Court and all local state courts of Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, Virginia.


Attorney Taliaferro has the highest peer review rating possible from Martindale-Hubbell. His A.V. rating means that he has achieved the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. He is listed as one of the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" by the National Trial Lawyers.


Mr. Taliaferro is a previous member of the Board of Governors of the Criminal Law Section of the Virginia State Bar. This board is comprised of lawyers and judges from across Virginia that meet regularly. The board advises and makes recommendations concerning criminal laws and legislation to the Virginia State Bar.


Attorney Taliaferro currently serves on the Second District Disciplinary Committee which investigates and makes decisions concerning possible disciplinary violations by Virginia lawyers. Mr. Taliaferro will always make himself available to consult with any person who wishes to discuss a criminal or accident-related matter.


Areas of Practice

Criminal defense law, personal injury law



Memphis State Law School J.D., 1972

Old Dominion University B.S., 1968


Bar Admissions 

Admitted 1972 Virginia and U.S. District Court

Eastern District of Virginia



Norfolk-Portsmouth (Criminal Courts Committee, 1994) and American Bar Associations; Virginia State Bar (Board of Governors, Criminal Law Section, 1994); Virginia Trial Lawyers Association;

The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Virginia College of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

About Attorney William L. Taliaferro

William L. Taliaferro has successfully represented people charged with just about every type of criminal case there is.

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