D. Jacob Kartchner graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in 2009, where he studied Linguistics and Editing. During his time at Brigham Young, he took a two year hiatus to serve as a missionary for the LDS Church in Budapest, Hungary. It was in Hungary that he first saw and felt the need for better human advocacy in the criminal justice system.
Mr. Kartchner then attended The George Washington University Law School. During his time there, Mr. Kartchner studied under influential professors such as Jonathan Turley, Jack Friedenthall, Mary Cheh, and Orin Kerr. He gained experience in criminal justice while working for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and the Law Offices of Graziella Bianchi. He also gained experience doing research for the American Bar Association—Criminal Justice Section. During these clerkships, he practiced many important aspects of criminal defense, ranging from pre-trial investigation to preparing appeals.
As a member of the Mock Trial Board, he was awarded Best Oralist in the 2011 Cohen & Cohen Mock Trial Competition. His article on the seminal Graham v. Florida was published in the American Bar Association’s Juvenile Justice Newsletter in July of 2010. He graduated in 2012.
After law school and the Bar examination, D. Jacob Kartchner received a fellowship through GW Law and worked as an Associate Fellow with Graziella Bianchi in Fairfax County, Arlington County, and Prince William County courts. He helped prepare and represent clients charged with narcotics offenses, sex offenses, serious traffic matters, financial crimes, and a variety of other misdemeanor and felony offenses. He continues this work as an associate at Patrick N. Anderson & Associates, P.C.
D. Jacob Kartchner is a member of the American Bar Association, the Virginia State Bar Criminal Division, the Fairfax Bar Association, and the J.Reuben Clark Law Society. He currently resides in Falls Church,Virginia with his wife, Heidi, and two daughters, Paige and Susannah. He is an avid computer programmer and enjoys fishing and the outdoors.