William B. Cummings

William B. Cummings

Managing Partner
Alexandria, Virginia
Mr.Cummings graduated from the University of Virginia Law School in 1964, and has been practicing continuously in Northern Virginia since then.

Mr.Cummings began his career in Northern Virginia, first as an associate, and then as a partner with a small, prestigious law firm. The firm had primarily a litigation practice, and Mr. Cummings tried both civil and criminal cases for 11 years with that firm.

In March 1975 Mr. Cummings was appointed by President Gerald Ford as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Mr. Cummings served in that capacity until June 1979, which included two years under President Jimmy Carter. In that position, Mr. Cummings supervised more than 30 Assistant United States Attorneys in three divisions. The range of cases included espionage, environmental pollution, murder, fraud of many types. The office also was charged with the defense of the United States in a wide variety of civil cases.

In 1979, Mr. Cummings returned to private practice in Alexandria, where he has continued to represent clients in defense of criminal charges, and in complex civil litigation, both on the plaintiff and defense side. The firm is proud to have the distinction of being the only law firm to have successfully defended, in a jury trial, a person charged by the United States on the charge of espionage. Our philosophy is that every client deserves and receives our personal attention. We choose to remain small enough to keep that personal contact, but have the experience and expertise to handle the most sophisticated and complex cases, as well as cases of a less complex nature.

Areas of Practice

  • 40% Criminal - Federal and State
  • 45% Civil Litigation - Including Personal Injury
  • 15% Trust, Wills & Estates

Litigation Percentage

  • 85% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1964
  • District of Columbia, 1981
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 1964
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1972
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1981


  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • LL.B. - 1964
  • Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia
    • B.A. - 1961
    • Major: Economics


  • Burke & Herbert Bank & Trust Co
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Honors and Awards

  • Virginia Division of America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
  • Who's Who - Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent Martindale Hubbell
  • Selected to be listed in the 2014-2015 (18th) edition of WHO'S WHO IN AMERICAN LAW
  • Member Award, Nova Chapter, Federal Bar Association, 2013
  • Nominated for the Rockefeller Public Service Award by Attorney General Griffen B. Bell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar, 1964 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association, President, Northern Virginia Chapter, 1997 - 1998
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association , 1996 - Present
  • Alexandria Bar Association , 1980 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association, Northern VA chapter , President

Past Employment Positions

  • Department of Justice, United States Attorney, Eastern District Court of Virginia, 1975 - 1979
  • Tolbert Lewis and Fitzgerald, Associate & Partner, 1964 - 1975

Pro Bono Activities

  • Arlington, Virginia, YMCA, Board Member, 1960
  • Fairfax, Virginia, YMCA, Board Member, Chairman, 1970 - 1985


  • English


  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Phi Delta Theta