Libbey Van Pelt

Biography

Libbey Van Pelt is a former federal prosecutor who now helps people who have suffered serious injuries. In particular, Libbey has substantial experience representing victims of sexual abuse and employs a trauma-informed approach. She also works with victims of other violent crimes, as well as those injured in car crashes, by dangerous conditions, and by defective products.

Before joining B&K, Libbey practiced complex commercial litigation in Washington, DC, where she defended corporate clients in lawsuits across the country. In that role, she helped try a five-week case involving claims arising from a near billion-dollar chemical plant expansion in Arkansas. Prior to that, as an Assistant United States Attorney, she led complex federal grand jury investigations and prosecutions involving sex trafficking, violent crime, fraud, military export controls, and national security.

Libbey clerked for Chief Judge Rebecca Beach Smith of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. She earned her law degree from Stanford Law School, where she was an editor of the Stanford Law Review, moot court semi-finalist, and trial advocacy teaching assistant. She studied for one year at the U.S. Air Force Academy and one year at Harvard College before graduating, summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. During college, she interned in the U.S. Senate and in the Office of the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

As an appointee to the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Libbey represents indigent federal criminal defendants.

Beyond the office, you can find her on the hiking trail, in the yoga studio, or at a coffee shop.