Alexander Nicholas Levay
Service in local, state and specialty bar associations and efforts to promote diversity throughout the legal profession
Alex Levay, Attorney, PLLC
21 North King Street
Leesburg, VA 20176
BA, Hamilton College
JD, George Washington University
Who was your most important mentor and how did that mentor impact your career?
While studying International Law at the George Washington University Law School, I attended a presentation by Samuel Delgado, then a D.C. Public Defender. During n internship with the Public Defender Service working with Mr. Delgado and other talented trial attorneys, I began to see the dynamics of the justice system. I soon decided to be a trial attorney.
What do consider your biggest personal accomplishment and why?
My biggest personal accomplishment is my happy family. I have been blessed with a loving, compassionate and intelligent wife and two great kids who share their mother’s attributes. Professionally, I would say the acquittal I helped secure in a 2005 federal capital murder trial, despite the overwhelming resources of the U.S. attorney’s office and a host of different law enforcement agencies. Trying a difficult and often contentious case with several fine attorneys representing four different defendants in Judge Gerald Bruce Lee’s majestic courtroom was an experience of a lifetime.
What is the best bit of advice you ever received?
Several years ago, Virginia Beach Circuit Court Judge Ted Hanson told me, “Alex, if you really want to take care of your family and your clients you have to find the time to take care of yourself.”
How do you achieve a balance between your professional life and your personal life?
My professional life exposes me to the myriad problems that people have in their lives and relationships. Applying the insight gained from analysis of these situations is often uplifting in my personal life. We can always learn from the mistakes of others and at the same time feel fortunate and blessed that our own lives have not included some of the tragedies that everyone reads about and I see first hand. In terms of achieving balance, I have always sought adventure in nature. Kayaking big whitewater, skiing down steep mountain faces or just hiking in the woods give me great peace of mind. Being surrounded by the beauty and grandeur of God’s creation helps me keep my perspective.
If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what field would you have entered?
Foreign service officer with the Department of State culminating in my appointment as Ambassador to Spain.
What is your favorite book or movie and why?
I am usually disappointed in the movies that are based upon novels I have read. One shining exception would be To Kill a Mockingbird, which is probably my all time favorite movie and Harper Lee’s book is just wonderful. It teaches us about honor, morality and the dignity that every human being should be afforded. The values that are espoused in the book and movie are really what leading a good life is all about. “Stand-up Scout, your father is passing by,” still chokes me up.
What are two facts about you that most people including your closest friends, may or may not know?
That I am a big softie who is not afraid to cry and I would love to teach young children some day.