Jessee & Read, P.C.

Jessee & Read, P.C.

Experienced bankruptcy, personal injury and criminal law firm

Firm Overview

With more than 60 years of combined experience, attorneys Daniel K. Read, John E. Jessee and Heather R. Howard are known by peers and clients for their dedication to quality legal representation in the following areas:
-Appellate in state and federal courts
-Civil and criminal in state and federal courts
-Domestic relations
-Medical malpractice
-Personal injury
-Social Security
-Traffic violations

Practical advice and clear communication at Abingdon law firm:
Jessee & Read, P.C. is committed to maintaining the kind of close client relationships not possible with large firms. We are dedicated to providing quality legal services to our clients quickly, effectively and economically.

We attentively listen to your concerns, clearly and precisely explain potential legal strategies to you and share our in-depth knowledge of the area of the law where you need help. Our attorneys are precise and winning litigators, dedicated to providing you with unsurpassed personal attention from the initial consultation through the conclusion of your case. They pride themselves on effectively solving your cases and meeting your legal needs in ways that are satisfying to you.

The accomplished attorneys at Jessee & Read, P.C. are well known for their integrity and exemplary legal service.

Main Office

Main Office
200 West Valley Street
Abingdon, VA 24210


(276) 628-1089


(276) 628-2411

Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense Attorneys

If you have been charged with a crime in Virginia, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. With 60 years of combined experience, the attorneys at Jessee & Read, P.C. have been fighting to defend the rights of our clients and have built our reputation on getting results. We are intimately familiar with all facets of the Virginia criminal justice system, and have the knowledge and ability to help guide you through the process and ensure you understand your legal options. We have represented numerous clients in local, state and federal courts on charges ranging from minor offenses to serious felonies, including:
-Assault and battery
-Domestic violence
-Drug possession
-Drunk driving offenses
-Traffic violations
-White collar crime

No matter what obstacle has been placed in your way, rest assured that the attorneys at Jessee & Read, P.C. will help you overcome it, and will work to attain the best possible result for you.

Going the extra mile for your freedom:
At Jessee & Read, P.C., we go the extra mile to ensure that you get the justice you deserve. We take our oath to provide exemplary service very seriously, and through meticulous preparation and a firm attention to detail, we strive to achieve that goal. We personally speak with witnesses, review police records and examine the alleged crime scene with a fine-toothed comb if necessary. We can also bring in experts to challenge the prosecution and assist us in preparing trial strategy. Nothing is more important than your freedom. If you need a defense attorney who is dedicated to your case, contact Jessee & Read, P.C. today.

John E. Jessee

Jessee & Read, P.C.

ISLN: 910281285

Practice areas:
-Personal injury
-Criminal defense
-Social Security
-Traffic violations
-Driving while intoxicated

-Virginia and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia, 1996
-U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Virginia
-Tennessee and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 2001

Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D.

Associations & memberships:
Virginia Bar Association

Biographical details:
Assistant Commonwealth Attorney, Russell County, Virginia, 1998 - 2001


Cumberland School of Law of Samford University
Juris Doctorate,

Daniel K. Read

Jessee & Read, P.C.

ISLN: 902252392

Practice areas:
-Civil appeals
-Criminal appeals
-Products liability

-Virginia, 1967
-New Jersey (inactive), 1968
-U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
-U.S. District Court, District of Columbia Circuit
-U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1973
-New York (inactive), 1974
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1975
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1979
-U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia, 1980
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit (inactive), 1989

University of Virginia, LL.B. 1967

Associations & memberships:
-Washington County Bar Association
-Virginia State Bar

Biographical details:
-Delta Theta Phi, Member, Virginia Law Review Business Board, 1964 - 1967
-Adjunct Professor, Business Law, Southwest Virginia Community College, 1984 - 1988

Military Service:
U.S.A.F. Pilot, 1959 - 1964; Captain

-U.S. v. Wilson, 115 F.3d 1185 (4th Cir. 1997)
-American Airlines, Inc. v. U.S., 418 F.2d 180, 194 (5th Cir. 1969) ("great fervor and unexcelled skill") Beverly v. Commonwealth, 12 Va. App. 160, 403 S.E. 2d 175 (1991)
-Juergens v. State, 88 Misc. 2d 479, 481, 388 N.Y.S. 2d 843, 844 (N.Y.Ct.Cl., 1976) ("very able counsel").


University of Virginia
LL.B., 1967

Heather R. Howard

Jessee & Read, P.C.

Practice Areas:
Personal Injury, Divorce, Custody, Criminal Defense (Felony and Misdemeanor), Juvenile Criminal Defense, Social Security, Traffic Violations, Driving Under the Influence, Appeals.

2001 Virginia State Bar
2002 United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Law School:
Appalachian School of Law, J.D. Cum Laude, 2001, Member of the Appalachian Journal of Law Executive Editorial Board

Virginia State Bar, 2012 President of the Washington County Bar Association, I.O.O.F., Abingdon United Methodist Church

-Southwest VA Legal Aid, Castlewood, VA - 2001-2003
-Central VA Legal Aid, Charlottesville, VA - 2003-2004
-Office of the Public Defender, Richmond, VA - 2004-2005
-Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, Russell County - 2005-2006
-Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney, Washington County - 2006-2011


Appalachian School of Law
Juris Doctorate, cum laude, 2001