Location: Alexandria, Virginia
Phone: 703-465-5505
Mobile: 703-582-8583
Fax: 703-465-7998
Email: E-mail Me

If you need an effective, affordable, and ethical lawyer with a reputation for getting results, please contact the law office of Jonathan Short for a free five minute consultation.

I provide skilled legal services to clients throughout northern Virginia and DC metropolitan area in matters of criminal defense, divorce and family law, traffic violations and DUI / DWI, small business and consumer law, and estate planning and administration. Whether you need a strong criminal or traffic lawyer to fight for you in court, or a loyal consumer and small business lawyer who will fight for your issues, please contact me today.

I have helped clients resolve legal issues for 18 years. I’d like to put my skills and experience to work for you.

As a solo practitioner, I’m able to give your legal issue the personal attention it deserves. I work directly with you throughout your entire case. I’ll return your calls promptly and keep you informed of developments.

As a hands-on attorney, I believe that handling every aspect of your case myself gives me a better understanding of your situation. It is an advantage for you as well, in that it keeps your attorney fees low.

I am known for my integrity as well as my legal ability. I have a strong, ethical core. I am honest in all my dealings with clients, including my billing practices. I don’t recommend unreasonable legal solutions merely to increase my fees.

I listen closely to your objectives and then give you a direct, honest assessment of your case. I fight hard to meet your goals and do not stop fighting until the best possible outcome has been achieved.

I’ve earned a reputation as a strong negotiator and an excellent litigator. After 18 years of trying cases before judges and juries, I do not shy away from taking a case to court if that’s the way to achieve the best possible outcome for you, the client.

I’m very detail oriented. I have represented clients in civil court in matters dealing with auditing and accounting problems, such as auto shops that double- and triple-billed their customers. If your case demands an attorney who is meticulous about his work, please contact Jonathan Y. Short, P.C. Off-site appointments are available.

Areas of Practice

  • Contracts
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Criminal Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury — Plaintiff
  • Probate & Estate Administration

Litigation Percentage

  • 65% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1988
  • District of Columbia, 1989
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1989


  • William and Mary Law School, Williamsburg, Virginia
    • J.D. – 1987
  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
    • A.B.magna cum laude – 1982

Representative Clients

  • Blue and White Collar Clients Accused of Crimes
  • Separated Couples Seeking Amicable Settlements
  • Parents with Disruptive Children


  • Wachovia Bank N.A.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member of Panel of Attorneys, VA Indigent Commission to Handle Felonies, 1989 – Present
  • Pro Bono Attorney, Legal Services of Northern Virginia, 2001 – Present
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