Randy I. Bellows is a Circuit Court Judge for the 19th Judicial Circuit (Fairfax), where he has served since 2002. Prior to going on the bench, Judge Bellows was an Assistant United States Attorney and Senior Litigation Counsel in the Eastern District of Virginia, where he prosecuted fraud and national security related cases. He also served as the head of the Attorney General’s Review Team on the Handling of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Investigation. He was the recipient of the Attorney General’s John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement and twice received the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Furthering the Interests of National Security.
In addition, he served for several years as a trial attorney in the Fraud Section of the United States Department of Justice, where he handled complex fraud prosecutions around the country. Before becoming a federal prosecutor, Judge Bellows was a District of Columbia public defender, where he represented indigent defendants in the Superior Court. He is the author of Notes of a Public Defender, which was published as a chapter in the book, The Social Responsibilities of Lawyers: Case Studies. Judge Bellows has previously taught Criminal Procedure and Advanced Criminal Procedure as a member of the adjunct faculty of the School of Law at George Mason University, and also served as a member of the Teaching Team of the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Florida.
Harvard Law School, Juris Doctor, cum laude (1977)
University of Florida, Bachelor in Science in Journalism, with High Honors (1974)