HARRISONBURG — After seven years on Court Square in Harrisonburg, a four-member law firm that focused primarily on criminal defense plans to dissolve in the coming weeks. One of the firm’s attorneys, Bill Eldridge, plans to open his own practice, teaming up with longtime Assistant Rockingham County Commonwealth’s Attorney Lou Nagy.
Although the new firm will handle mostly criminal defense cases, it also will work on civil litigation and domestic cases.
“With Lou’s experience … he brings a depth of criminal law experience that will be beneficial in our criminal defense practice,” said Eldridge.
Two of the three other attorneys at the firm, John Elledge and Andrew Harding, plan to practice law on their own. Evans plans to open Evans Law Group with his wife, attorney Laura Evans. The firm will handle a variety of cases, but will specialize in family law and criminal defense.
Elledge and Eldridge formed the firm in 2005, and later expanded to become Elledge, Eldridge, Evans and Harding.
Eldridge, speaking on behalf of the firm, said the attorneys wanted to go in a different direction.
“We just reached different points in our lives and we all have different goals that we want to pursue in our careers,” said Eldridge, 33.
Nagy, 35, graduated from Broadway High School in 1995. Before becoming a prosecutor in 2006, he worked at Davies, Barrell, Will, Lewellyn & Edwards in Culpeper handling domestic relations, general litigation and criminal defense cases.
While a prosecutor, Nagy has handled a variety of cases, ranging from violent gang-related crimes to financial cases. He also served as a special assistant U.S. attorney, handling local drug cases.
Eldridge started his law career in 2004, working for Dykema Gossett, a Northern Virginia law firm, focusing on white-collar crime.
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