Timothy  C.  Carwile

Timothy C. Carwile

Mr. Carwile, a native Virginian, began the practice of law as the Executive Director of the  Legal Aid Society of Greater Lynchburg. He moved to Waynesboro in 1974, practicing with W. Charles Poland and serving for eight years as Waynesboro’s first Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney before he co-founded the firm of Carwile & Ricketts, P.C., which merged with Carter R. Allen, R. Toms Dalton, Jr. and G. William Watkins in 1987 to form the present professional corporation, Allen & Carwile, P.C. He served as President of the firm from Mr. Allen’s retirement in 2002 until 2015.

Mr. Carwile holds an AV-Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review RatingTM.

While his earlier career included considerable practice in litigation, estate planning and complex divorce and business transactional work, for the past twenty years Mr. Carwile has focused primarily on trial practice with special emphasis on criminal defense representation. He is a frequent lecturer on these topics, having spoken to police departments, public defenders, directors of Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Programs, and, for the Virginia CLE, on the defense of DUI (driving under the influence/DWI/driving while intoxicated) and other serious traffic cases. He is also an editor and co-author of the current definitive work on the subject, “Defense of Serious Traffic Cases in Virginia”. In 2011, Mr. Carwile completed a six-year term as a member  of the Mandatory Legal Education Committee appointed by the Virginia Supreme Court and currently serves the Virginia Bar as chair of its Eighth District Ethics Disciplinary Committee.

Mr. Carwile serves the Augusta County, VA, Circuit Court as a Special Commissioner and is a Substitute Judge for General District and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts.

Place of Birth

  • Lynchburg, Virginia


  • T.C. Williams School of Law of the University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia, J.D., 1973
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, B.A., English, 1970


  • Virginia Supreme Court, 1973
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Professional Affiliations

  • Augusta County Bar Association (President- 1994-95)
  • Virginia State Bar

Previous Experience

  • Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Greater Lynchburg, Virginia (1974-1975)
  • Assistant Commonwealth’€™s Attorney for the City of Waynesboro, Virginia (1975-1984)

Civic Involvement

  • Main Street United Methodist Church
  • Vice-Chairman, Waynesboro Transportation Safety Commission (1978-1980)
  • Waynesboro Country Club (President, 1982)
  • Rotary Club of Waynesboro (President 1985-1986, Paul Harris Fellow)
  • Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge (formerly Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro Community Foundation) (

    Board of Directors- 1995-97)

  • Weimaraner Club of America (President, 2005-2009)
  • National Weimaraner Association (President, 2012- 2016)


  • Virginia CLE- “€œDefense of DUIs and Other Serious Traffic Offenses”€ (1999-Present)
  • Virginia CLE- “Traffic Defense- Your First Case” (2012)
  • Virginia CLE- “Criminal Practice in General District Courts” (2016)
  • Guest Lecturer- Washington and Lee School of Law (2012)


  • “€œTrial Preparation and Tactics, including Handling Expert Witnesses”€ – Virginia CLE
  • Editor and Co-author – “€œDefense of Serious Traffic Cases in Virginia”€, 2004, revised 2016, Virginia Law Foundation
  • Co-author –€“ “€œDefending Serious Traffic Cases: Smart Strategy, Creative Tactics”, 2007, Virginia Law Foundation

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense- felonies, misdemeanors and traffic infractions in all Virginia courts
  • General Litigation
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Specializing in DUI/DWI law, reckless driving and estate law in Staunton, VA.