Assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys

Responsibilities
The Commonwealth's Attorney's Office for the City of Danville prosecutes all felony cases in the Danville Circuit Court, the Danville General District Court, and the Danville Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. The Office also prosecutes misdemeanor offenses in all three courts.

In addition to these duties, the Office is responsible for responding to motions filed in any criminal case as well as submitting legal briefs to the higher courts on any cases appealed from the Danville courts. The Office also is responsible for providing legal advice, when called upon, to local law enforcement in the investigation of criminal offenses. And, the office is responsible for processing forfeiture cases occurring in the City of Danville.

In addition to the Commonwealth's Attorney, Michael J. Newman, there are several Assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys in the Danville Office. 

Joseph M. Barrier


Joseph Barrier has served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney since 2012.

Joseph graduated from Bob Jones University in 2005 with a B.A. in History. He received his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law in 2011. 

Joseph is the supervising attorney over all prosecutions in the General District Court. Joseph also prosecutes felony and misdemeanor cases in all three courts as well. 

Katherine Beedie Adams


Katherine Beedie Adams has served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney since 2013.

Katherine graduated from the University of Virginia in 2009 with a B.A. in Philosophy and Government. She received her J.D. from the Charlotte School of Law in 2012.

Katherine is the supervising assistant over all prosecutions in the Circuit Court. Katherine also prosecutes both felony and misdemeanor cases in all three courts and writes appellate briefs. 

Amanda Galloway


Amanda Galloway has served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney since 2014.

Amanda graduated from the University of Virginia in 2010 with a B.A. in English and Psychology. She received her J.D. from Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law in 2013. 

Amanda prosecutes felony and misdemeanor cases in all three courts and writes appellate briefs. 

Petra B. Haskins


Petra B. Haskins joined the office as a Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in 2010. She is now the Chief Deputy Commonwealth Attorney.

Petra graduated from George Mason University in 1992 with a B.S. in Administration of Justice. She received her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law in 1996.

Petra is a supervising attorney who is primarily assigned to prosecuting felony cases in the Circuit Court although she does handle dockets in the lower courts as well. Petra also handles all forfeiture cases. 

Megan R. Leach


Megan R. Leach has served as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney since 2015. 

Megan graduated from Liberty University in May 2010 with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Strategic Intelligence. She received her J.D. from the Liberty University School of Law in 2014. 

Megan prosecutes felony and misdemeanor cases in all three courts and writes appellate briefs. 

Patrick R. McClintock


Patrick R. McClintock has served as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney since 2016. 

Patrick graduated from King College in Bristol, Tennessee in 1987. He majored in History/Political Science. He received his J.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1990. 

Patrick prosecutes felony and misdemeanor cases in all three courts and writes appellate briefs.  

Benjamin S. White


Benjamin S. White has served as an assistant Commonwealth Attorney since 2016. 

Benjamin graduated from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, NJ in 2011. He majored in History/Psychology. He received his J.D. from the Liberty University School of Law in 2014. 

Benjamin prosecutes felony and misdemeanor cases in all three courts and writes appellate briefs. 

Joan Ziglar


Joan Ziglar has served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney since 2014. 

Joan graduated from Ferrum College with a B.A. in Public Affairs and Administration in 1982. She obtained a Master's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1985. Joan received her J. D. from the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in 1992.

Joan is the supervising attorney over all appellate matters. Joan also prosecutes felony and misdemeanor cases in all three courts.