The Tireless Advocates You Deserve
With Kozak, Davis, Renninger & Belote on your side, you have over a century of combined experience at your disposal. Our widely-recognized and esteemed Portsmouth family lawyers have taken many complex criminal, family law, and personal injury cases under their wings. As a result, many past clients have walked away with their rights, freedoms, and best interests unscathed. We see to it that all Virginians have a fair chance at justice when they are wronged or accused.
Our attorneys do not discriminate based on the size or scope of a case. We believe that all issues matter. When clients turn to our firm, we devote ourselves to obtaining the highest favorable outcome on their behalves through relentless representation. Our level of commitment stays the same both inside and outside of the courtroom.
Attorneys in Portsmouth & Suffolk, VA with Over 35 Years of Experience
Our firm comes from a long lineage of accomplished jurists. In 1979, what is now known as Kozak, Davis, Renninger & Belote was founded by Charles L. Marcus, who presently is one of the managing partners of a bankruptcy firm based in Chesapeake, Virginia. In 1981, the firm became Marcus & Santoro when Frank J. Santoro, who is now the Honorable Frank J. Santoro, joined the firm as a partner. In 2007, Mr. Santoro was appointed to the bench as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia where he presently presides.
In 1986, the firm was renamed to Marcus, Santoro & Kozak when now managing partner, Warren Kozak joined. In 1991, the now Honorable Kenneth R. Melvin became a partner with the firm, and the firm was renamed yet again to Marcus, Santoro, Kozak & Melvin. Kenneth Melvin later started his own practice and then in 2009, Mr. Melvin was appointed as Circuit Court Judge for the City of Portsmouth where he currently presides.
Over the years, the firm has enjoyed other talented and accomplished lawyers joining its ranks, most notably from 1997 to 2000, when the late Honorable Judge Earl Mobley of the Portsmouth Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court was a senior associate with the firm before he left to successfully campaign for the position of Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Portsmouth, where he served until being appointed as a Judge in 2014.
We Are Always Ready to Assist Our Local Community
For over 35 years, our firm has provided advocacy for clients with the smallest and largest of legal problems with some of the best legal minds in the area. For our team, no case is too small and no legal matter is too complex. We are well-known throughout the Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Western Branch communities for our quality yet affordable representation as well as our willingness to accept payment plans.
If an area attorney has turned away a supposedly minor case, all hope is not lost and our team would be happy to consult with you regarding your case.
Contact our Portsmouth office at (757) 364-0923 or ask to make an appointment at our Suffolk or Western Branch office.
A Hometown Criminal Defense Lawyer
From DUI to felony drug crimes, our partners Warren Kozak, Richard Davis, Nicholas Renninger, and Nicole Belote are proud Virginia natives committed to helping clients get through difficult times. As a seasoned firm, we understand that a sudden arrest can turn anyone’s life upside down, putting careers and other personal endeavors in turmoil. We also know that going up against law enforcement may seem to be a Herculean task. However, at Kozak, Davis, Renninger & Belote, our mission has always been to help even the odds against them.
Dedicated Divorce & Wrongful Death Attorneys at Your Side
Cases involving divorce or the wrongful death of a loved one are rife with emotion. While you deal with the personal aspects of these life-changing events, we dedicate ourselves to building your case. You are entitled to enjoy the lifestyle you had while married. You deserve justice when negligence took a beloved family member.
Contact a Skilled Portsmouth Lawyer
At Kozak, Davis, Renninger & Belote, we offer a free initial consultation during regular business hours and by appointment on evenings and weekends. Our office is conveniently located adjacent to Portsmouth historic Olde Town neighborhood. We are only a few steps away from the High Street commercial corridor and the Portsmouth courthouses. We also have offices in Suffolk and Western Branch for your convenience.
Let Our Portsmouth Attorneys Handle All Your Legal Problems
Whether you’re facing a stressful divorce, a complex personal injury case or a serious criminal charge, your future is at risk. For this reason, it is of utmost importance to seek the help of an experienced legal counsel to guide you through the process and help you understand your rights. Get in touch with Kozak, Davis, Renninger & Belote to receive the dedicated legal services you need. For over 25 years, we have successfully represented countless individuals and families throughout Portsmouth and Suffolk, earning us a stellar reputation in the community. From case preparation to discovery and advocating for you in court, our accomplished Portsmouth lawyers are committed to helping you obtain favorable outcomes.
Schedule a consultation at (757) 364-0923 to know about your legal options when dealing with cases in the following practice areas:
Dedicated Legal Services in Family Law Matters
Legal matters concerning the family are always an emotional rollercoaster. If you and your spouse are having marital troubles and contemplating divorce, it is never too early to speak with a knowledgeable Portsmouth family law attorney to learn about the best legal path moving forward. Kozak, Davis, Renninger & Belote offers mediation services to families dealing with an uncontested divorce or who want to achieve a more amicable agreement. However, if there is hostility on either party, our firm is also ready to take your case up to court and vigorously fight for your rights.
Tenacious Representation for Criminal Charges
Were you accused of a crime? Make sure to put an aggressive legal counsel on your side to avoid devastating consequences such as lengthy imprisonment, hefty fines, and a permanent record that could taint your name and reputation. From DUIs and traffic violations to drug-related charges, our Portsmouth criminal defense lawyers are well known in the community for providing the knowledgeable and tough representation clients like yourself need to face any criminal charges with confidence.
Committed to Seeking Justice & Fair Compensation
If you have been injured or a family member has met an untimely death as a result of another person’s negligence or wrongful behavior, you have the right to pursue justice and fair compensation for the damages that have been inflicted on you. With over a century of collective experience, our Portsmouth personal injury attorneys have always been dedicated to standing up for the injured and their families. Let us provide you with the compassionate yet tenacious representation that you deserve.