Duncan Reid

Duncan Reid graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1970 and from the University of Richmond Law School in 1975.  After being admitted to the Bar in 1975, he was in a general private practice through 1976.

In 1977, Duncan Reid started a thirty-five year career with the Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.  He served as the Chief Deputy the last eighteen of those years.  While at the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office, he tried hundreds of jury trials, including multiple capital murder trials, the Piper Rountree case and the first case in Henrico involving DNA. Duncan Reid was the lead prosecutor in one of the Nation’s first cases using a Geographic Information System to enhance a fingerprint from a crime scene and also tried one of the first cases in Virginia using cell towers to prove a murder.

Since retiring from public service in 2011, Duncan Reid has used his wealth of experience to represent clients facing criminal and traffic charges.

Practice Areas

Professional Membership, Honors & Community Involvement

  • Martindale-Hubbell—AV Preeminent
  • County of Henrico, Special Recognition for outstanding and dedicated service (December 1976 – December 2011)
  • Warren B. Von Schuck- Distinguished Assistant Award (2007)
  • National Association of Counties- 2003 Achievement Award for program “Open Arms? Open Eyes!”- Power, Control an Abuse in Teen Relationships

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • “Using Cell Tower Records in the Piper Rountree Case”-Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Spring Institute (March, 2011)
  • “Introduction to Criminal Law- Virginia Criminal Procedure- Warrantless Search and Seizure and Homicide”- Henrico County Police Training Academy (1998-2011)
  • “Women Who Kill- Prosecuting Domestic Violence Homicides”- Virginia Third Annual Domestic Violence Conference for Law Enforcement (March 6, 2008)
  • Discussion Panel for film “Rape is…” by Cambridge Documentary Film at University of Richmond School of Law (October 26, 2006)
  • “Cyber Crime, Cyber cops and the Cyber CA’s- Prosecution in the 21st Century- Cell Phone Records”- Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Spring Institute( March, 2004)
  • “Managing Discovery”- Workshop for Selected Circuit Court Judges on handling a capital murder case, Supreme Court of Virginia (June 22, 2005)
  • “The Power of Physical Evidence: A Capital Murder Case Study”- Journal of Forensic Identification  Volume:42  Issue:2  Dated:(March/April 1992)  Pages:79-83


  • College of William and Mary
  • University of Richmond School of Law