About VSDL

United Self Defense Law Firm, PLLC specializes in defending those who lawfully use their guns in the lawful exercise of self defense. Founded by Tom Garrett, Ken Cuccinelli, Graven Craig, and Torrey Williams in Virginia, the firm has now expanded with the addition of three well known lawyers in West Virginia. Clients now have the option of a Virginia Only retainer or multi-state.

Ken Cuccinelli

As the former Attorney General of Virginia, Ken served as the last line of defense against many of the federal government’s attempts to overreach its Constitutional powers. He was the first state attorney general to challenge Obamacare and he successfully defended Virginia property owners from the E.P.A. Ken also served for eight years in the Virginia State Senate, where he was the leading advocate for 2nd Amendment rights, despite being a senator from liberal-leaning Fairfax County. As a private attorney, Ken is currently serving as lead counsel in a class action suit against the N.S.A.’s tracking of phone calls of American citizens in violation of the Fourth Amendment.

Ken is an avid skeet shooter and hunter. Ken is an engineering graduate of the University of Virginia; a graduate of GMU Law School where he was on law review and chaired the honor committee; and Ken has a Masters degree in International Transactions from the GMU School of Public Policy.

John Treadway

John lives in Baker, West Virginia with his family and is an avid shooter and hunter, as well as an NRA certified instructor. Prior to becoming an attorney John was in the U.S. Army/Infantry and ran the Southern States Petroleum Service in Moorefield.

He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from West Virginia College of Law and is a member of the West Virginia State Bar, National Rifle Association, member of the Shepherd University Athletic Hall of Fame, an officer of the South Branch Valley Bar Association, a Mental Hygiene Commissioner, and a Drug Court Judge for the 22nd Judicial Circuit. He is considered by many one of the most experienced gun rights attorneys in West Virginia. John is an experienced criminal and civil trial lawyer.

Tom Garrett

A principal and founder of VSDL, Tom was raised in rural Virginia.  Following college, he served for over five years as a fire supporter in the United States Army.  During that time, he served in Operation Joint Endeavor, and earned multiple commendations including multiple Army Achievement and Commendation Medals and the NATO medal.  Following his military service, Tom attended law school, and soon became a prosecutor in the Office of the Attorney General.  Three years later, Tom was elected to be the top prosecutor in Louisa County where he successfully tried cases ranging from murder to multi­million dollar fraud.  After years as a prosecutor, Tom was elected to the Virginia Senate where he represents an area roughly the size of Delaware.  A member of the Courts of Justice and General Laws Committees, Tom quickly established a reputation as an articulate and steadfast defender of our Second Amendment rights.  Now an attorney in private practice, Tom feels that he has found his passion, defending our rights, both at the Capital in Richmond, and in courtrooms across the Commonwealth.

Graven W. Craig

A lifelong Virginian, Graven grew up on a farm in the Charlottesville area learning to hunt and fish before matriculating to the University of Maryland, College Park where he was a varsity athlete.  During college, Graven obtained an internship for the Hon. D. French Slaughter, Jr., (R) who was a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District.  Following college, Graven worked  at the White House for our Nation’s 41st President, George H.W. Bush and then transitioned over to President Bush’s 1992 Reelection Committee.  Following his time on Capitol Hill, Graven graduated from George Mason University’s Law School in 1997.  During law school he worked in the Office of the Commonwealth’s  Attorney for the City of Alexandria, prosecuting misdemeanors and traffic matters.  Following law school he moved to Louisa, Virginia, where he has practiced law ever since.  Graven is now approaching nearly 20 years of civil and criminal trial experience.  Having tried more than 50 jury trials to verdict, his clients have prevailed in many cases where they have claimed the natural right of self-defense.

Torrey Williams

The youngest attorney of the firm, Torrey Williams is an avid outdoorsmen and vociferous supporter of the second amendment. Torrey established a successful solo law practice by the age of twenty-four with work ranging from defense on firearms charges to civil litigation. He has established himself as someone who was willing to go the extra mile to see justice done.

In addition to campaigning tirelessly to ensure that Virginia elects candidates who understand our natural law right to self-defense, Torrey has also worked on Capitol Hill for a Pro-Second Amendment Congressman and graduated from the prestigious Sorenson Institute at the University of Virginia. Torrey brings a work ethic second to none and a first rate grasp on Virginia Self-defense Law to the table in defending our rights to keep and bear arms.

Torrey graduated Cum-Laude from Bridgewater College, earned his law degree from Regent University School of Law, and is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Jefferey S. Bowers

As a lifelong resident of Sugar Grove, West Virginia, Jeff grew up on a farm with a hunting cabin and gun range for guests and friends, where as a youth he became well known statewide as one you would want to accompany if you desire to be successful on the hunt. Being a long time licensed holder for Class 3 weapons, he has for years been consulted for advice in regard to the same.

Upon graduating from West Virginia University Law School, he served 8 years as an Assistant Prosecutor, was admitted to the US Supreme Court in 1988, and continues to serve as a Mental Hygiene Commissioner for the past 26 years, as well as serving clients in all types of legal matters, including successfully defending a fatal shooting in a home invasion case.

As a lifetime member of NRA and other Sportsman’s Associations, he stands firm on the constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

J. Stuart Bowers II

Not everything in life is certain, but rest assure, if he is in the woods hunting, at the range shooting, or making hay on the family farm, you’re guaranteed to find a smile on Stuart’s face.

After obtaining his law degree from WVU College of Law, Stuart returned home to Sugar Grove, West Virginia, to practice law with his father, Jeff, at their office in Franklin, West Virginia, where Stuart practices both criminal defense (just recently getting a dismissal on brandishing a deadly weapon charge) and civil litigation.

In addition to being a member of the West Virginia Bar Association, West Virginia Farm Bureau, NRA, and Lions Club, Stuart is the 7th generation of his family to call the rural farming and hunting community of Sugar Grove, home, and as such, you’ll find that decade after decade of strong family beliefs has built his belief and desire to protect and preserve our 2nd Amendment rights.