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Lutins & Pilgreen, PC - Family, Criminal law
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Harvey S. Lutins
  • Partner (In Memoriam)


Roanoke, VA



Harvey Lutins was one of the founding partners of Lutins & Pilgreen, PC.  Mr. Lutins, or “Harvey” as he insisted everyone call him, was admitted to practice law in Virignia 1954 and he practiced law continuously until his passing in November of 2015.  With his passing, the Roanoke Valley lost one of the great “Lions of the Law”.

Harvey handled every type of case during his career from traffic infractions to death penalty cases.  His valiant efforts saved Frank Jimmy Snyder from the electric chair.  Time Magazine featured Harvey’s work to save “Ricky”, a German Shepherd that was condemned to death for allegedly killing sheep.  Harvey also wrote a memoir titled “My Jealous Mistress” that recounts his journey practicing law and his experiences.

Harvey has left an indelible mark on the Roanoke Valley legal community.  Over 30 lawyers had the benefit of working under his guidance during his career.  Lutins & Pilgreen, PC will carry forward Harvey’s tradition and continue to offer intelligent and aggressive representation to all of our clients.  Call Lutins & Pilgreen PC 540-627-5150 for a consultation today.

Areas Of Practice

  • Family Law 60%
  • Criminal Law 30%
  • Personal Injury 5%
  • General Litigation 5%

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1953
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1957
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 1954
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, 1954
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1959


  • University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, Virginia
    • LL.B. - 1954
  • Hampden-Sydney College, Farmville, Virginia
    • B.S. - 1951
    • Honors: Sigma Upsilon
    • Major: Liberal Arts

Published Works

  • Equitable Conversion and the Virginia Decedent, 42 Virginia Law Review 409, April, 1956

Representative Cases

  • Pommerenke v. Pommerenke, 372 S.E.2d 630, 1988, Va.App., 1988126054
  • Roanoke Hospital Ass'n v. Hayes, 133 S.E.2d 559, 1963, Va., 1963126707
  • Snider v. Cox, 181 S.E.2d 617, 1971, Va., 1971127958
  • Laing v. Com., 127 S.E.2d 142, 1962, Va., 1962128840
  • Laing v. Commonwealth, 137 SE2d 896, 205 Va 511, 1964, Virginia Supreme Court
  • Snider v. Cox, 212 Va 13, 181 SE2d 617, 1971, Virginia Supreme Court
  • Kelly V. Kelly, 449 SE2d 55, 248 Va 295, 1994, Virginia Supreme Court

Honors And Awards

  • Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Roanoke Magazine, Voted Best Lawyer in Roanoke

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association for Justice, Member, 1956
  • Roanoke Bar Association, Member, 1956
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1968 to Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Virginia State Bar, Member, 1953 to Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Virginia Department of Taxation, Tax Examiner, 1954 to 1956


  • Phi Alpha Delta
J. Emmette Pilgreen IV
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