Libbey Van Pelt

Biography

            Libbey Van Pelt is a creative, thoughtful litigator who’s engaged with our legal system from many angles, having represented the government, large corporations, and individual plaintiffs, practicing civil and criminal law, in federal and state courts. She loves leveraging the human side of the law to solve problems and has a knack for creatively and optimistically making things happen.

            At Blankingship & Keith, she represents sex abuse victims in civil litigation, as well as those injured by dangerous conditions and defective products. She also defends individuals and companies in business tort litigation and federal criminal investigations and prosecutions.

            Before joining Blankingship & Keith, Libbey practiced complex commercial litigation in Washington, DC, where she defended corporate clients in lawsuits across the country. In that role, she examined witnesses and argued motions in 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.

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