John McCormick

Founder & Shareholder

John has been practicing law for over 10 years and is the founder of McCormick Law, PC d/b/a McCormick Law & Consulting.  He launched Driving Defense Law (DDL) as a specialized practice group of McCormick Law that is dedicated to fighting for your rights in traffic court.  Fighting your traffic ticket should be a smooth process that gives you confidence and understanding of the process.  


  • Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia – 2022
  • Super Lawyers – Rising Stars – 2014, 2015, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Avvo Client’s Choice Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Chamption – Gold Award

Community Involvement:

  • Roc Solid Foundation – Chairman of the Board
  • Great Bridge Rotary Club – Past President
  • City of Chesapeake Planning Commission – Planning Commissioner (2015 to 2020)

Pat Trompeter

Of Counsel

With Pat on your case, you are getting a lawyer who cares about you and the unique circumstances surrounding your ticket. Pat communicates clear respect for the court and will fight for you.
When not helping people solve their problems, Pat enjoys going to the beach with his wife and three children.

Steven Thomas

Steven is a Virginia native, excited to boldly serve clients and fight for their rights in the courtroom.

Steven graduated from the Regent University School of Law, where he was awarded the Virginia Trial Lawyers Foundation Trial Advocacy Award. While at Regent Law, Steven served as the President of the Business Law Society and Chairman of the Trial Advocacy Board, where he led Regent Law to a National Trial Advocacy Championship.

Steven joins the team as an attorney with a focus on litigation and traffic defense, including reckless driving, speeding and general traffic infractions.

Outside of practicing law, Steven and his wife Savannah invest in their local church, and love spending time with their puppy dog, Hank. You can find the Thomas family at the beach, a coffee shop, or any of Virginia Beach’s beautiful parks!

Samantha “Sami” Jackson

Traffic Coordinator

If you call Driving Defense Law, you will most likely find yourself speaking with Sami. She is a Virginia Beach native who graduated from Old Dominion University with a B.S. in Political Science. Sami served as a Deputy Clerk in the Traffic Division at Virginia Beach General District Court, so she knows a thing or two about what to expect when dealing with traffic violations. Sami is committed to providing an efficient, personalized, and resonating client experience.

When she is outside of the office, Sami enjoys traveling to new places, watching football, and walking around Downtown Norfolk.

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