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Stephen P. Pfeiffer


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Practice Areas:

  • DUI
  • Criminal Defense
Wolcott | Rivers | Gates | Attorneys At Law


Stephen P. Pfeiffer is an aggressive trial lawyer who efficiently and effectively navigates his clients through the legal system. Stephen has published several articles, presented lectures on various areas of the law and has recently been recognized as one of Virginia's Legal Elite by Virginia Business Magazine. Additionally, Stephen was the American Bar Association's 2007 National Champion in Legal Negotiations, as well as being selected as a "Rising Star" by Virginia Super Lawyers.

Stephen P. Pfeiffer is known locally as the “Go-To DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney.” Stephen is a partner at Wolcott Rivers Gates and leads a team of highly talented criminal defense attorneys.  


  • Regent University School of Law, Virginia Beach, Virginia
    • J.D. - 2007
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Carroll College, Waukesha, Wisconsin
    • B.A. - 2004
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Honors: All Conference Middle Linebacker, Carroll University Varsity Football Team

Bar Admission

  • Virginia, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 2010

Representative Cases

  • Morris v. City of Virginia Beach, 58 Va. App. 173 707 S.E.2d 479, 2011


  • National Champion, American Bar Association
  • Robert R. Merhige, Jr. National Environmental Law Negotiation Competition Finalist
  • Former 2nd District Representative, Board of Governors, Virginia State Bar Young Lawyer's Conference
  • Rising Stars, Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top 100 DUI Attorneys in Virginia, National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine
  • Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers, American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Top 10 Under 40, NACDA
  • Top 40 under 40, Inside Business
  • Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation

Classes & Seminars

  • Starling Education Services, "Ethical Consideration in Landlord/Tenant Law", 2010 to 2010
  • Seminars Unlimited, "Navigating the Service Members Relief Act", 2009 to 2009
  • Tips on Legal Negotiations, Regent University School of Law, 2008 to 2008
  • Adjunct Professor, Legal Negotiations, Regent University School of Law
  • Advance Collections, 2010 CA Day
  • "Advanced Collections", 2011 CA Day
  • "Legal Foundations", SEV CAI's Board Members Boot Camp, 2011
  • "Landlord's Rights and Options When the Deal Goes Bad", Starling Education Services, 2012
  • Field Sobriety Testing Certified - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2021

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Community Association Institute

Professional Associations

  • CBDX, Vice President, 2009 to Present
  • CBDA, Board Member, 2010 to Present
  • James Kent Inn of Court
  • Norfolk Bar Association
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National College of DUI Defense Attorneys, Member
  • Portsmouth Bar Association
  • American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys, Founding Member