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Allen F. Bareford Career Summary


  • University of Richmond, Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude 1982 – English/Speech
  • T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, Juris Doctorate, 1985

Admitted To Practice

  • Admitted to practice in Virginia in 1985.
  • Other courts of admission:
    • United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, United States District Court, Eastern District.

Military Service

  • Virginia National Guard – 111th Field Artillery, 1983 to 1985
  • United States Army, Judge Advocate General’s Corps
    • Active Duty – 1985 to 1990
    • Reserve Assignments – 1990 to 2011
  • Positions held: Trial Counsel; Administrative Law Officer; Legal Assistance Officer; Appellate Defense Attorney; Chief – International Law; Chief, Legal Assistance; Chief, Military Justice; Senior Appellate Defense Attorney; Deputy Command Judge Advocate; Command Judge Advocate.
  • Highest Rank held: Colonel
  • Military Education: Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course; Judge Advocate Officer Advanced Course; Combined Arms Services Staff School; Command and General Staff School; Reserve Component National Security Information Seminar and National Defense Strategy Course (Army War College)
  • Military Awards and Decorations:
    • Legion of Merit
    • Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
    • Army Commendation Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters)
    • Joint Service Achievement Medal
    • Army Achievement Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
    • Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters)
    • National Defense Service Medal
    • Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
    • Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Hourglass Device)
    • Army Service Ribbon
    • Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon (with numeral 10)

Civilian Employment

  • Associate Attorney, Spencer, Meyer and Koch, PLC (April 2021 to present)
    • Areas of practice – criminal defense and family law.
  • Public Defender, Fredericksburg Public Defender’s Office, Fredericksburg, Virginia (July 1990 to April 2021)
    • Overall responsibility for supervision of criminal defense services for indigent defendants in four jurisdictions in Virginia. Certified as qualified to be lead counsel for death penalty cases.

Professional Organizations

  • Virginia State Bar – council representative
  • Fredericksburg Area Bar Association – past president
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – Executive Board, Treasurer
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Rappahannock Regional Community Criminal Justice Board – past Chair and vice-Chair

Community Engagement

  • Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank – Board member
  • Be Well Rappahannock – Board member
  • Jazz for Justice – committee member
  • Legal Food Frenzy – local committee chair
  • Christ Church – Outreach Commission chair
  • Christ Church vestry – past member
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Fredericksburg, VA 22405

Phone: 540-372-4046