Tracey’s family and legal career are deeply rooted in Prince William County, but her law practice is regional. With offices in Woodbridge and Manassas , she serves all Northern Virginia courts.
Roots in Prince William County
Two decades ago, Tracey met her husband Bill on opposite sides of a case in the Prince William County courthouse. Bill, a respected 1st Sergeant with the Prince William County Police Department vs. Tracey, a not-yet-seasoned but tenacious defender of the teenager Bill had charged.
When the case ended, they had earned one another’s respect and went to a closing lunch. Hours later—after discovering shared passions for family, music and the criminal justice system – they realized more than a teen’s future had been shaped that day; so had their own.
They made Manassas their home and Tracey added the role of step-parent for Nick, Damon and Rachael to her already-busy career and volunteer schedules. Today, Tracey and Bill have three grandchildren and, a few years ago, welcomed Tracey’s Mom Anna to live with them.
Deep Experience in Criminal Law and the Legal Community
Tracey began practicing criminal law in Woodbridge in 1993. After just one month on the job, she was assigned her first case – a hit and run scheduled for trial the next day. “This one should be easy,” her boss said. With those casual and misleading words, Tracey’s career launched.
After a sleepless night preparing, Tracey’s emotions on trial day alternated between elation at the fight and terror at the grave responsibility of representing this person caught up in the court system. Those dual emotions continue to this day for Tracey, and are likely familiar to every criminal trial lawyer, whether for the prosecution or in defense.
What has changed since that terrifying first trial 25 years ago is the depth and breadth of Tracey’s experience, her expertise and her well-earned reputation.
Tracey has litigated nearly 1,000 criminal cases to date. Along the way, she has become known for her skill, tenacity, and professionalism as a criminal lawyer. So much so, that based on the recommendation of her peers, she has earned and held the highest possible rating—AV Preeminent—from Martindale-Hubbell since 2012.
Achievement and Leadership
The proudest achievement of Tracey’s career came when the Prince William County Bar Association recognized her with the Arthur W. Sinclair Professionalism Award in 2016. This is the Bar’s highest honor, an award that recognizes “the highest standards of honor, integrity, competency, and courtesy within the legal profession.”
Members of the Prince William County Bar also recently elected Tracey to serve as President of the Bar Association, beginning as acting president in 2020.
Leadership is second nature to Tracey. She spent the last 22 years managing and overseeing legal practices. After three years with a small firm, she struck out on her own and managed her own businesses from 1996 to 2006.
Since then, Tracey has been a part of the criminal division of Nichols Zauzig in Woodbridge, which has been named a Tier One Best Law Firm® by U.S. News and World Report since 2006. During Tracey’s tenure, Nichols Zauzig has expanded its criminal practice and added an office in Manassas.
Serious Litigation Experience
Tracey has represented individuals and businesses in both simple and complex civil litigation and immigration issues during her legal career. She has litigated criminal cases ranging from serious traffic violations and drug charges to rape, robbery, and murder.
From 2014 to 2018, Tracey devoted her career to tenaciously representing a Manassas City man charged with Capital Murder, after being appointed to the case by a Prince William County Circuit Court judge.
Tracey has been honored to serve as a substitute judge for District Courts in Northern Virginia for the last 11 years. Being the “referee” in civil and criminal disputes gave Tracey a new perspective on how the public experiences the court system. Tracey stepped away from the position to run for Commonwealth's Attorney in 2019.
Tracey’s mastery of litigation and criminal law is thorough and recognized by her colleagues on both sides of the criminal practice bar.
Tracey Lenox presents at PWC Bar’s Trial Skills CLE
Respected by the Defense Bar, the Prosecution Bar, and Law Enforcement
Throughout her career, Tracey has maintained the respect of the Defense bar, and her opponents in law enforcement and in the prosecution, as shown by her involvement as an:
Active member of the Prince William County Bar Association Criminal Defense Sub-committee, headed by a prosecutor.
Lecturer by invitation from the Prince William County police to teach defense trial tactics and witness examination to police department detectives.
Judge during mock trial practices for recruits at the Prince William County Police Department’s Criminal Justice Academy
Task Force member, serving with judges, law enforcement, jail officials and local health service providers on the evidence-based decision making (EBDM) task force to reduce our jail population, increase case-processing efficiency, and decrease offender recidivism.
Giving Back to the Community
Tracey extends her commitment to Prince William County through her community outreach and volunteerism, including:
Served as local youth soccer coach for many years and currently on the Board of the Northern Virginia Soccer Club as the Rules & Discipline Chair for the Club.
Is a member of and the Prisoner Advocate for the Georgetown University Institutional Review Board (GUIRB), insuring the ethical treatment of human subjects in academic research.
Was named Pro-bono Attorney of the Year for 2012 by the Prince William County Bar Association for her commitment to the Bar’s award-winning program, “So You’re 18” in Prince William, Manassas, and Manassas Park High Schools.
Participates with the Young Lawyers Division of the Prince William County Bar to prepare and serve breakfast at SERVE, a family shelter in Manassas.
Tracey Lenox and step-daughter Rachel serve a meal at monthly PWC YLD SERVE shelter breakfast.