County Attorney


Charles Shumate
The County Attorney provides the Board of Supervisors, its agencies and commissions, the County Administrator, his staff and departments, and the constitutional offices professional and timely legal representation and counsel.

In addition, the County Attorney’s office represents the County and its departments and agencies in litigation in the courts and before administrative tribunals. Representation is provided to the Commissioner of the Revenue, Treasurer, Sheriff, Registrar, Planning Commission, and other County advisory committees where no conflict exists with the primary representation of the Board.


No private representation is provided by this office.

If you need private representation, you may wish to contact the Lawyer Referral Service, which is sponsored by the Virginia State Bar, between the hours of 8:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. at 1-800-552-7977.

Charles L. Shumate, County Attorney

Before being appointed as the Stafford County Attorney, Mr. Shumate was a private practitioner in Northern Virginia with extensive experience in land use and real estate development law, commercial/business transactions, local government law, and the trial of complex real estate, commercial, and construction-related matters.

Through his private practice, Mr. Shumate was retained as Special Counsel and Deputy City Attorney for the City of Fairfax, handling virtually all types of governmental litigation and other facets of municipal representation. He was also involved in inter-governmental negotiations and transactions with neighboring jurisdictions. He has represented various boards and commissions of the City of Fairfax, including the City Council, Board of Zoning Appeals, Planning Commission, and Economic Development Authority. Mr. Shumate was the managing partner of Shumate, Kraftson & Sparrow, P.C., in Reston, Virginia, and the resident managing partner for Walsh, Colucci, Stackhouse, Emrich & Lubeley, P.C., in Loudoun County, Virginia.

Mr. Shumate was trained as an infantry officer at the Virginia Military Institute and commissioned as a second lieutenant upon graduation. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Headquarters, 1st Logistical Command, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Vietnam.

Mr. Shumate has a B.A. in History from VMI, and a Juris Doctor Degree from the Washington College of Law of the American University.