Lloyd Snook grew up in Charlottesville. He attended Venable Elementary School and Walker Junior High, and graduated from Lane High School in 1970. He graduated from Stanford with an A.B. in Economics, and worked as an investment analyst for two years before going to the University of Michigan School of Law. He concentrated his studies in criminal and constitutional law, and graduated cum laude in 1979. He and Sheila Haughey were married the day after they graduated from the University of Michigan School of Law.
Lloyd and Sheila moved to Charlottesville, and when he began to practice law, he started representing men on Virginia’s Death Row. He began his own firm in 1985, and that year he argued two death penalty cases in the United States Supreme Court; he won one, Turner v. Murray, 476 U.S. 28 (1986), successfully arguing that the death penalty in that case had been imposed in a racially discriminatory manner. In 1989, Sheila joined him in private practice, and the firm became Snook & Haughey, P.C.
His practice now emphasizes major felony trials and appeals, personal injury cases, and estate matters — writing wills, settling estates, and handling estate litigation.
Lloyd served as President of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association in 2012-2013. He is a frequent writer, lecturer, and media expert on topics in criminal law, constitutional law and trial practice. He has been listed in “Best Lawyers in America” for criminal defense, and since 2013 has been named a Virginia “SuperLawyer” for criminal law.
In addition to his legal activities, Lloyd served on the Planning Commission for the City of Charlottesville from 1981 to 1989, serving as Chair in 1988 and 1989. He is active at St. Paul’s Memorial Episcopal Church, where he has served on the Vestry three times and as Chair of the Outreach and Service Commission. He was Co-President of the Greenbrier Elementary School PTO (1990-1991), and he has served on the Board of Directors of Children, Youth and Family Services, Inc. (now known as ReadyKids), Piedmont Housing Alliance (including 5 years as President), Madison House, Community Energy Conservation Program, and the Community Criminal Justice Board. He also sings bass in the St. Paul’s Choir, and until this campaign he sang with The Oratorio Society of Virginia. He has been a Cub Scout leader, a Boy Scout leader, a Sunday School teacher, and a baseball, softball and soccer coach. He and Sheila have three grown children and one adorable grandson.