About Michael Ben Gunlicks

Michael Gunlicks, Attorney and Counselor at Law

Michael Gunlicks has been licensed for 20 years and has been practicing in the Commonwealth of Virginia since 1998. He is from Richmond, having attended Tuckahoe Elementary and Freeman High Schools, and went to university at the College of William & Mary, where he received degrees in History, French, and Government.

He spent two years as a legal assistant in LA and Richmond before attending George Washington University Law School, from where he graduated in 1995. He passed the Virginia Bar exam in 1995, after which he completed an LL.M. in European Law at the Europa-Institute at the University of the Saarland in Saarbrucken, Germany.

While pursuing his JD and LL.M. degrees, Michael focused largely on human, individual, and civil rights as well as the laws, treaties, constitutions, doctrine, and institutions related to the protection of those rights.

He served as research assistant to Dr. Ralph P. Steinhardt, and also studied with Dr. Thomas Buegenthal, former United States Judge on the International Court of Justice and member of the United Nations Commission of Human Rights, as well as with Dr. Georg Ress, who became a German judge on the European Court of Human Rights.

Michael also has extensive knowledge of the international and constitutional law, and he can speak and read fluently in German and French, and he has a working knowledge of Spanish.
Michael established his practice "Gunlicks Law, LC" in 2002, and has been at his current location on The Boulevard in Richmond, Virginia, since 2004. He has continued with his interest in and dedication to defending individual rights by having a strong criminal focus, with approximately 50% of his practice committed to defending clients from criminal charges ranging from trespassing to murder.

He has represented hundreds of criminal clients since 2002 in the jurisdictions of Richmond City, Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover, Goochland, Louisa, New Kent, King William, Powhatan, Amelia, Albemarle, Greensville, and Cumberland County, the cities of Hopewell, Petersburg, Colonial Heights, Charlottesville, Williamsburg, Chesapeake, Newport News, and Virginia Beach, as well as in the federal United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western District of Virginia.

Michael represented the only defendant in the United States who took his federal criminal copyright charges to a jury trial. Michael also has extensive experience with copyright and trademark intellectual property issues, having authored a master's thesis comparing the copyright laws of the United States, United Kingdom, France, & Germany. Michael has read, reviewed, and studied the copyright laws of those countries, as well as many other copyright regimes representative of either the common law or civil law categories.

Michael has a number of active business clients, primarily in the local restaurant industry. Michael can handle business formation, transition, management, and administration. In addition, Michael handles selected domestic relations cases ranging from no fault and basic divorces to child custody, child, and spousal support, property division, as well as criminal matters relating to domestic situations.
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