Makiba Gaines, Esq.


Makiba Gaines is no ordinary lawyer. Her constitutionally focused practice is dedicated to achieving fair and just results for her clients. Mrs. Gaines dedicates an abundance of time and resources to every case to ensure no stone is left unturned. She enters litigation on behalf of her clients with empathy and compassion for the gravity of their circumstances and vigorously fights with every legal tool available. Unlike many other attorneys, representing the rights and freedoms of individuals is not just a career for Mrs. Gaines. Gaines Law offers quality legal representation­––call today to speak to a lawyer who places her clients' futures over monetary gain.

Practice Areas

Crashed Car

Civil Litigation

  • Personal Injury (car accident, slip & fall, dog bite)

  • Civil Rights (Police abuses and violence)

  • Scam Investigation & Recovery (Cash App, Robinhood, Cryptocurrency, Foreign Exchange)

  • COVID-19 & Vaccination Rights

Judge Gavel

Post-Conviction Relief

Courtroom Chairs

Criminal, Civil, & Administrative Appeals

     Finding an appellate/post-conviction attorney can be a daunting task, as so few lawyers have experience in this discipline. Attorney Gaines handles appeals in the Virginia Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Virginia, and in federal courts of admission.

     The consequences of conviction continue far beyond conviction. Call today for a consultation.

  • Habeas Corpus

  • Writs of Actual Innocence

  • Motions to Reduce or Modify Sentence

  • First Step Act

  • Assistance with Rule 35 Motion by US Gvt

  • Compassionate Release

  • Parole

  • Executive Clemency

  • Expungement

  • Civil and Political Rights Restoration


     Attorney Gaines is an honors graduate of the Regent University School of Law, where she served on the moot court board and as the Executive-Editor of the Law Review. During law school, she clerked for judges in the Norfolk General District Court and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; she also interned in the chambers of a justice in the Supreme Court of Virginia.
      A zealous advocate and writer, Attorney Gaines began her career as a prosecutor in the Portsmouth Office of the Commonwealth Attorney and most recently served as litigation counsel for the Buried Alive Project. She continues to spend her free time working to reduce life-sentences for non-violent federal prisoners.

The Supreme Court of Virginia
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
The United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia

This Means War: A Case for Just Reparations Under the Doctrine of Inalienability, available at

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA:
        A.A. Letters, Arts, Science; B.A. Political Science; B.A. Law

Regent University School of Law, Virginia Beach, VA:
       Juris Doctor
       Regent University Law Review


"Open your mouth for the mute,
For the rights of all the unfortunate.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy."

Proverbs 31:8-9