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Ballston Legal PLLC

Litigation & Government Contract Lawyer

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​Criminal Defense/Civil Litigation

Misdemeanors, Felonies, and Traffic Citations in Virginia and DC state and federal courts; Commercial/Business Disputes and Litigations

Government Contract/Procurement

Advise on Federal government contract issues, including the FAR and DFARS, and represent contractors before Contract Boards of Appeals, GAO, and the Federal Claims court.

Immigration Practice

Immigration Benefits, Removal Proceedings, etc.

Practice &

Service Areas

  • Northern Virginia

    • ​Fairfax

    • Arlington

    • Prince William

    • Alexandria

    • Loudoun

    • US District Court (Eastern District)

  • DC​

    • DC Superior Court​

    • US District Court

Domestic Violence

Protective Order/Restraining Order, Domestic Assault and Battery, Child Abuse/Neglect, Kidnapping, Abduction, etc.

Defense Lawyer's Credo

I am a defense lawyer.

I am the guardian of the presumption of innocence, due process, and fair trial.

To me is entrusted the preservation of those sacred principles.

I will promulgate them with courtesy and respect, but not with obsequiousness and not with fear.

For I am partisan; I am counsel for the defense.

Let none who oppose me forget that with every fiber of my being I will fight for my clients.

My clients are the (indigent) accused.

They are the lonely, the friendless.

There is no one to speak for them but me.

My voice will be raised in their defense.

I will resolve all doubt in their favor.

This will be my credo: this and the Golden Rule.

I will seek acclaim and approval only from my own conscience.

And if upon my death there are a few lonely people who have benefited, my efforts will not have been in vain.


— James Doherty, 1957


Attorney Fees* (Sample Fee Agreement)

<*Discount for students, low income, and retirees & payment plans available>

       What's included in my attorney fee?

  • Initial Consultation Fee​: $50 (for 30 minutes) - for all matters

    • Get an honest, professional legal opinion on your case. No sales pitch, no BS.

    • Initial Consultation Fee will be credited towards your attorney fee if retained.

    • Regular hourly rates ($340/hour) may apply beyond the initial 30 minute consultation period.

  • Government Contract Consultation/Representation - Hourly Fee

    • Hourly Fee ranges: $250~$400 per hour​ (Retainer** Required)

  • Civil Litigation/Federal Criminal Cases - Hourly Fee/Flat Fee, depending on the circumstances

    • Hourly Fee ranges: $300~$450 per hour (Retainer** Required)

  • State Criminal/Traffic Cases - Flat Fee

    • Flat Fee Ranges (​Citation): $450~$1,500 per case

    • Flat Fee Ranges (Misdemeanors): ~$5,000 per case

    • Flat Fee Ranges (Felony): $2,500~ per case

  • Immigration (per application/petition) - Flat Fee​/Hourly Fee, depending on the circumstances

** "Retainer" means a lump sum payment by the client as a condition of representation.  The amount typically ranges between $3,000~$5,000, and it will be deposited into the lawyer's trust account.  And once the lawyer starts working on the matter, he will bill against the Retainer.  If the balance falls below a certain threshold, the client is requested to replenish the fund.



Asher J. Keam, Esq. (김정균)

  • Experience

    • Ballston Legal PLLC, Owner & Principal Attorney

    • Office of the Public Defender for Arlington County

    • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

    • U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Hearings

    • Samsung Display Corporation

  • Education

    • Georgetown University Law CenterJuris Doctor

    • Chungbuk National University, Bachelor of Arts

Being accused of crime is a serious matter.  Most people don't understand what it means to be a criminal defendant.  The moment you are charged with a crime, it's you against the government, either it being the federal government or the state government.  The government has access to unlimited resources at its disposal to find you guilty of the charge.  The police and the prosecution are out for blood.  But what do you have?

What you need is a competent defense attorney.  An attorney who will fight besides you tooth and nail, kicking and screaming in every way conceivable to make sure you receive a fair treatment.  It's not an easy task: that's why a vast majority of lawyers don't practice criminal defense.  But I found it fascinating and am good at it.

As much as clients choose their lawyers, I choose my clients very carefully.  If I'm going in the trenches to fight a legal war against the government, I need to know whether my battle buddy is a good fit or not.  I'm selective because I can.  (Not all lawyers graduate from a top law school)  I don't take something on just to earn a fee.  I fight for a cause and justice.

Do you have a criminal case and would like to see if we are a good fit?  If so, setup an appointment for a brief consultation...for a fee.  I do charge a fee for an initial consultation because I value my time and expertise.  I take initial consultations very seriously, and I expect my prospective clients to do so as well.  If you are not willing to pay for an expert's years of education and experience, well...we are probably not a good match.  Find someone who's desperate and cheap.  (One caveat: I do sometimes take pro bono cases if it's for a good cause.)



Ballston Legal PLLC

Main Office: 4601 N Fairfax Drive, Suite 1200

Arlington, VA 22203 (by appointment only)

Fairfax Office: 4000 Legato Road, Suite 1100

Fairfax, VA 22033 (by appointment only)

Phone: 571-354-6583


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(Arlington Office) 4601 N Fairfax Drive, Suite 1200, Arlington, VA 22203 

(Fairfax Office) 4000 Legato Road, Suite 1100, Fairfax, VA 22033


Cell: 571-354-6583

Fax: 844-254-0930